Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly from one insurance carrier to another. Breast reconstruction, facial reconstruction and the removal of skin cancers are just a few of the reconstructive procedures performed by Dr. Erhardt.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are two of the most commonly occurring birth defects in the U.S. They occur when the lip and/or roof of the mouth do not grow together properly as an unborn child is developing in the womb. Surgical repair should be considered for any person suffering from these conditions.
Reconstruction of a breast is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today. New medical techniques have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.
Skin cancer is diagnosed by removing all or part of a skin growth and examining its cells under a microscope. It can be treated by a number of methods, depending on the type of cancer, its stage of growth, and its location on your body.
Plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
Tissue expansion enables the body to "grow" extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin and gradually filled over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow.