Since its inception in 1970, the Microsurgery Service at the Davies Medical Center, now the Davies Campus at CPMC, has performed thousands of amazing reconstructive procedures, and hundreds of successful toe to thumb transplants, giving new hope to patients.
We performed the first human toe-to-hand transplant, scalp replant, serratus-combined-latissimus microvascular transplant, four-digit replant and multiple microvascular simultaneous transplant in the United States.
Microsurgery is surgery performed under the magnification of a microscope. The blood vessels and nerves that supply fingers and small body parts like ears, scalps, noses are so small that the help of a microscope is necessary to place the sutures in the walls of the blood vessels and nerve coverings. Connections for blood vessels and nerves can then be made to establish/re-establish blood flow and nerve transmission.
Microsurgical procedures includes thumb to toe transplants, digital replants, hand reconstructions, nerves repairts, breast reconstructions after cancer surgery.