Microsurgery Essentials

“A first experience has no place in the operating room.”

Donaghy, “Practice for perfection.” J Microsurgery, 1979

The purpose of this online module is to provide you with the basics of microsurgery. Even if you have had prior experience, this site will still provide a useful review of the many fundamental components involved in this technically challenging area of plastic surgery. The learning curve can be quite steep, but with dedicated practice out of the OR, you’ll gain the confidence and competence needed once you are in the OR.

Suggested Background Reading

Additional Resources


Site created by Thomas Satterwhite, MD

Faculty advisor: Gordon K. Lee, MD

Site maintained by John Paro, MD

Additional contributors: Ji Son, BS, Kamakshi Zeidler, MD, Joseph Carey, MD, Anthony Echo, MD

Additional faculty support: James Chang, MD and Geoffrey Gurtner, MD

Website and App support: Terry Spurling

Images created by M.J. Ma

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