Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 8 Sep 2019

Supermicrosurgery is the specialized surgical technique employed to anastomose blood vessels and nerves measuring 0.3 to 0.8 mm in caliber (so-called microneurovascular anastomosis) 1. The instruments developed for these demanding procedures are very fine microsurgical devices. Microsurgery as a separate discipline was born in the 1960s, with supermicrosurgery developing in the 1990s 1.

Supermicrosurgery has revolutionised the treatment of lymphedema and enabled anastomosis of fine digital vessels and nerves during post-traumatic reconstructive surgery of the hands.

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