reconstructive surgery


: surgery to restore function or normal appearance by reconstructing defective organs or parts

Examples of reconstructive surgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Cowboys right tackle underwent reconstructive surgery that same month, and the ensuing recovery drew rave reports from the club’s medical and athletic training staff, who called it as remarkable as any for a Cowboys big man in decades. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2023 Desperate to get rid of the pain, the victims clung to the promises of surgeons and therapists that hormone therapy and reconstructive surgery would fix what was broken inside. Caroline Downey, National Review, 22 June 2023 After freezing her eggs, McDuffie underwent chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Amanda Morris, Lindsey Bever and Sabrina Malhi, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2023 When a fight ends with her husband dead and Julien disfigured, the lover undergoes reconstructive surgery to look like the husband and hide the murder. Marta Balaga, Variety, 17 July 2023 The pro skateboarder has had seven reconstructive surgeries since November 2020 when her upper lip and part of her nose were ripped off in a pit bull attack. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 31 May 2023 Estimated to be worth a staggering $69.9 billion as of 2022, the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery industry's rise is a phenomenon in its own right. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2023 On Tuesday, the 23-year-old pro skateboarder — who lost her upper lip and part of her nose after being attacked by a pit bull in 2020 — shared a transformation photo on Instagram now that her many reconstructive surgeries are complete. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 21 June 2023 There, the kids underwent complex plastic and reconstructive surgery — procedures that aren’t available in Ukraine because of the ongoing Russian invasion — for treatment of a bomb blast injury, to ease pain and deformities caused by constricting burn scars, and to repair congenital anomalies., 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reconstructive surgery was in 1928

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“Reconstructive surgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

reconstructive surgery

: surgery to restore function or normal appearance by remaking defective organs or parts

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