reconstructive surgery


Definition of reconstructive surgery

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

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Payton suffered fractures in her arms, elbow and shoulder and is set to undergo facial reconstructive surgery. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Michigan girl's organs help save 6 others after fatal ATV accident," 21 Sep. 2018 Medical innovations directly from the war included: facial reconstructive surgery and new types of prosthetics, neurosurgery for head wounds, still used today, and Carrel-Dakin solution (still used today for wounds). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 But a gruesome knee injury in his first professional season suffered while sliding into home led to major reconstructive surgery on his right knee. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners’ top prospect Kyle Lewis promoted to Class AA Arkansas to replace injured Braden Bishop," 23 July 2018 To understand Winkler’s elbow injuries is to understand the structure of the human elbow, its modern reconstructions and the dangers of the reconstructive surgery. Gabriel Baumgaertner,, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018 Pictures of real people and their stories (Stephanie, from Kenya, is a 12-year-old who wants to grow up to be a writer but needs reconstructive surgery) are posted beside Kickstarter-style numbers (20 percent funded, $1,195 to go). Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "A Farewell to Alms," 27 May 2014 And most have been able to continue without suffering another knee injury after having reconstructive surgery -- which is what Tannehill had last year. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Miami Dolphins believe Ryan Tannehill as durable as before injuries," 22 May 2018 But there are slashes to faces requiring surgery and reconstructive surgery. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Family friend says slain birthday girl was ‘mother’s shadow’," 3 July 2018 An 11-year-old Odessa, Mo., boy is undergoing a daylong session of reconstructive surgery Tuesday after being severely mauled in the face by a family dog. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Boy severely bitten in face by dog has first of several reconstructive surgeries," 26 June 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of reconstructive surgery

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

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