Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeons are experts in treating patients needing corrective or cosmetic surgery. They also see themselves as problem-solvers. Whether a patient seeks treatment for a nerve injury, an aging face or a defect from breast surgery, these surgeons pay close attention to detail in working to resolve complex issues.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery serves patients in the metropolitan St. Louis area as well as within a 350-mile radius that includes Missouri and portions of Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Many of the unique subspecialty programs provided by the Division also draw patients from across the country and around the world.
Because of its status as a top academic program, the Division offers the most up-to-date procedures in plastic and reconstructive surgery, such as nerve and major tissue transplantation. Surgeons run a leading center for hand surgery, an institute for cleft palate and craniofacial deformities, and a state-of-the-art cosmetic program.
The Division’s surgeons perform both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery:
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It generally is performed to improve functions, but also may be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly. Reconstructive surgery procedures performed by our surgeons include:
- Major brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery (adult and pediatric). Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeons also treat carpal tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome in adults.
- Craniofacial, cleft lip and palate, using the team approach to meet the unique and complex needs of the patient from infancy through adulthood.
- Hand surgery, including trauma, surgical treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Microsurgery/reconstructive surgery, to correct disfigurement and to restore function following cancer, trauma or other injuries.
- Breast reconstruction and reduction surgery
- Pediatric hand and foot surgery, craniofacial surgery and general pediatric plastic surgery, from injuries, trauma or congenital deformities.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve a patient’s appearance and self-esteem. This surgery — performed at the West County Plastic Surgeons office is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective. Cosmetic surgery procedures provided by Washington University plastic surgeons include:
To make an appointment with a Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeon, call 314-362-7388, or 1-800-283-5848 for a pediatric plastic surgeon.
For a consultation with a Washington University cosmetic surgeon, please call (314) 996-8800.