A rare disease nearly cost Carmen her hands, until she met microvascular surgeon Mitchell Pet, MD.
Category: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Mackinnon Receives Prestigious Award from American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Pioneer in peripheral nerve surgery recognized at annual meeting.
Expert Care at Your Fingertips – Washington University Hand Surgery
Hand surgeons ease the pain and inconvenience of hand, wrist and finger conditions.
A Parent’s Guide to Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Cleft lip and cleft palate are common conditions that develop before birth.
Breast Reconstruction in Virtual Reality: Innovations in Plastic Surgery
Surgeons use virtual reality headsets for intraoperative planning of DIEP flap breast reconstruction.
What is DIEP Flap Surgery?
State-of-the-art breast reconstruction provides natural results after mastectomy.
Snyder-Warwick named Chair of Plastic Surgery Research Council’s 2025 Annual Meeting
Historic Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to host 70th Annual Meeting.
Plastic Surgery Team Participates in Women’s Health Seminar
Kelly Currie, MD, and McKenna Buchheit (Roberts), PA, participated in Christian Hospital’s women’s health seminar.
The Microsurgeon’s Toolbox
Joani Christensen, MD, treats lymphatic and oncologic problems with microsurgical precision.
What is Microsurgery?
Surgeons explain what mircosurgery is, how its performed, its benefits and more.
7 Things to Know About Lymphedema
Lymphedema is swelling caused by a blockage or damage to the lymphatic system. Most cases of lymphedema in the United States happen after cancer or cancer treatment. Understanding this condition can help with lymphedema prevention, management and treatment.
Coaching After Amputation: Sam’s Story
Sam Schaefer suffered from constant pain after an injury left him with a rare neurological condition. After a below-the-knee amputation at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he is back to playing hockey, breaking world records and coaching at a local gym.
Mackinnon Receives AAPS Honorary Award
Susan Mackinnon, MD, the Minot Packer Fryer Professor of Plastic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) 2022 Honorary Award.
Ask The Doctors: Critical Limb-Threatening Ischemia
Limb ischemia is a peripheral arterial disease that causes reduced blood supply to the limbs. Long-term limb ischemia can progress into chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CL-TI), which requires immediate medical attention and treatment. Dr. Geraghty and the limb preservation team at Washington University answer questions about this condition, risk factors and treatment options.
The Essentials of Biological Tissue Grafts, Donation and Research at Washington University
There are several sources for biological tissue grafts used for reconstructive, reparative or replacement surgery. Allografts are obtained from tissue donors and transplanted into recipients through the tissue donation process. The decision to donate involves registration as a donor and is an important conversation to have with family. Ongoing surgery and research at Washington University benefits from the donation of tissue grafts or specimens from consented donors.
Ask the Doctors: Lymphedema Symptoms and Causes with Doctors Sacks, Anolik and Christensen
Plastic and reconstructive surgeons Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, Rachel Anolik, MD, and Joani Christensen, MD answer frequently asked questions about the symptoms and factors leading to lymphedema. Both Dr. Sacks and Dr. Anolik specialize in treating advanced lymphedema.
Ask the Doctors: Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment with Doctors Sacks, Anolik and Christensen
Plastic and reconstructive surgeons Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, Rachel Anolik, MD, and Joani Christensen, MD answer frequently asked questions about the lymphedema diagnosis, therapy and surgical treatment methods. Both Dr. Sacks and Dr. Anolik specialize in treating advanced lymphedema.
Surgeons Participate in Pedal the Cause 2021
Department of Surgery faculty and residents raise money for cancer research by participating in the 2021 Pedal the Cause event.
Breast Cancer Care
Washington University surgical oncologists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons provide the highest level of care for people with breast cancer.
Top Doctors 2021
Congratulations to the Department of Surgery faculty recognized on the 2021 Castle Connolly Top Doctors® list.
Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery: Restoring Form and Function
Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, co-director of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, restores form and function for children with cleft and craniofacial differences.
The Real Costs of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism
As medical tourism continues to rise in popularity, Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeon Marissa Tenenbaum, MD, explains what patients should consider if thinking about traveling abroad for cosmetic surgery.
Surgeons Win Big Ideas Competition Grants
Congratulations to Chet Hammill, MD, MCR, and Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, on leading winning teams in Big Ideas Competition.
The 30th anniversary of the Plastic Surgery Research Laboratories marks an exciting period of growth in the area of plastic and reconstructive surgery research.
A multidisciplinary team of Washington University surgeons saved Julius Moss from having an amputation after his diabetic foot ulcer refused to heal.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | 2020 Annual Report
The Department of Surgery 2020 Annual Report features clinical, research and educational accomplishments from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Surgery Superheroes: Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kamlesh Patel shares what makes his pediatric patients superheroes in his eyes.
Chair Installation of Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, FACS
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital celebrates the appointment of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Chief Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, as the Chairholder of the Shoenberg Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Ask the Doctors: WALANT Hand Surgery
Kelly Currie, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the WALANT technique for hand surgery.
Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, and Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD, Receive 2020 Skandalaris LEAP Funding
Two Department of Surgery faculty receive Skandalaris Center LEAP funding for translational research projects.
Keith Brandt’s 50th marathon was unconventional, but unites the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in celebration.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Ida Fox, MD, takes a biopsychosocial approach to medicine, helping people with spinal cord injuries regain hand function.
Pediatric surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis share what makes their patients superheroes in their eyes.
Plastic and Reconstructive, ACCS and Vascular surgeons are taking innovative steps in growing a limb salvage service for patients who might otherwise require amputation.
Andriole and Mackinnon Receive 2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards
Two Department of Surgery faculty members were recognized in the 2020 Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Awards. Please join us in congratulating Gerald L. Andriole, MD, from the Division of Urologic Surgery, and Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, on their awards.
Collaboration and Innovation Are on the Horizon
A new chapter begins for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with the arrival of Division Chief Justin Sacks.
New Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA
A new faculty member joined the Department of Surgery in February 2020. Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA, joins the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as the new Division Chief, from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Director of Oncological Reconstruction in the Department of Plastic and […]