10 Post-trauma Reconstructive Surgeries

Tumor Removal

Nearly 490,000 tumor removal surgeries were performed in 2009, making it one of the most common reconstructive surgeries [source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons]. Both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors can be removed with reconstructive surgical techniques, depending on the tumor's size, its type and where it's located. While small tumors may be removed with a scalpel and stitches, large tumors and skin cancers often require procedures that leave behind significant tissue or result in bone loss. With reconstructive techniques such as skin grafts or skin flaps, surgeons can restore functionality -- like swallowing in the case of throat tumors -- while minimizing scarring.