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Monday, January 09, 2006

Microscope allows for delicate plastic surgery procedures. 10/01/2006. ABC News Online

Microscope allows for delicate plastic surgery procedures. 10/01/2006. ABC News Online

The ability of surgeons to perform delicate plastic surgery in Tasmania has been dramatically improved.
A new microscope is being used at the Royal Hobart Hospital, replacing older technology which would sometimes malfunction during important operations.
Surgeons have used the new technology to operate on a 57-year-old man who required surgery to reconstruct part of his face affected by cancer.
Associate Professor Frank Kimble says the microscope allows doctors to repair nerves and blood vessels less than a millimetre in diameter.
"Where someone has cut their hand really badly, divided very small vessels and nerves that we couldn't usually repair with our naked eye, so we can bring the microscope in, get a greater deal of magnification and repair these structures," he said.
"Also it allows us to move big blocks of tissues from one part of the body to another to repair big deficits."

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