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Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is one of the major surgical disciplines at the Royal Free. At the heart of the service is a dedication to continuous improvement and a commitment to embracing the latest advances and technologies. It is one of the country’s leading and largest plastic surgery units, and through its links with the University College London Medical School, is also a major teaching and research centre, particularly in the field of tissue engineering and stem cells.

The department has a team of 15 consultants who undertake general plastic surgery procedures and in addition, they each have specialist interests such as facial reanimation, ear reconstruction and complex microsurgical breast reconstruction (such as DIEP) as well as novel minimally-invasive restoration of appearance technology with the help of stem cells.

The unit is a national centre of excellence for facial reanimation surgery and ear and breast reconstruction. Consultants are involved in multidisciplinary treatments of skin cancers, sarcomas (a type of cancer), breast cancer as well as major abdominal wall reconstruction. A comprehensive selection of procedures to improve aesthetic appearance is also offered, such as minimal scar facelift and total body contouring.

The internationally-recognised ear reconstruction service is run jointly by Mr Greg O'Toole and Mr Walid Sabbagh. Children with congenital deformity of the ear and adults who require reconstructive surgery following trauma receive first class care by an experienced team.

There is also a large supporting team allowing comprehensive post-operative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.