Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive procedures help people feel and function better with congenital conditions or following illness or trauma. At Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Surgery Institute, we understand how these things impact everyday activities and even how you feel about yourself. We can help.

Our plastic surgeons regularly perform reconstructive procedures, including breast reconstruction surgery. Our team also includes accomplished physicians who have unique expertise in reconstructive hand surgery, nerve surgery, and gender-affirming surgery for transgender people.

Our comprehensive reconstructive surgery program

Restoring the use or look of your body can be life changing, both physically and mentally. Our plastic surgery care team is committed to helping you set expectations and reach your individual goals in reconstructive care.

People also choose us reconstructive surgery because of our:

  • Reconstructive surgery expertise: Reconstructive surgery requires extraordinary skill and technique. All of our plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Some members of our reconstructive care team have been recognized nationally for their talent. At AHN, you can be confident you’re in skilled, experienced hands, no matter what type of reconstructive surgery you may need.
  • Subspecialty focus: Several of our physicians specialize in certain treatments, including hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and transgender surgery, such as gender-affirming female-to-male breast reconstruction. Their focused training means you’ll be cared for by a surgeon who understands and knows how to effectively treat problems similar to yours — which leads to better results. 
  • Convenience: Because we offer reconstructive care at many locations, you may have the option of undergoing surgery close to your home. This can help family or friends support you more easily after your surgery. Other times, our specialists can follow up with you at a location convenient for you.
  • Personal attention: Our patients’ success stories drive our commitment to delivering outstanding reconstructive care. We make extra efforts to be available to answer your questions and check in on you at many points in your care process.

Our reconstructive surgery specialties

We’re here to help you gain back your body’s form or function, improving your quality of life along the way. Our plastic surgeons perform the full range of reconstructive surgeries, with special expertise in nerve surgery, hand trauma, and gender-affirming surgery. Our reconstructive surgery specialties include:

Nerve surgery

At AHN, you can receive innovative nerve surgery that’s not available anywhere else in the region. This surgery can treat injured or affected nerves that are causing painful symptoms.

During targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery, a surgeon uses special techniques to transfer a nerve to maximize residual function. This procedure can reduce or eliminate significant pain for patients who have complex neuromas or phantom pains from a limb amputation.

We offer patients with chronic compression or nerve injuries a variety of innovative treatment options. Our team has experience performing complex procedures, including decompression, nerve reconstructions, nerve transfers, and regenerative peripheral nerve interface(RPNI) formation. These procedures may relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Transgender surgery

If you are considering gender-affirming surgery, we provide an environment where you can feel comfortable and have your questions answered. Surgeons in our care team are experienced in performing the two most common female-to-male and male-to-female reconstructive options.

Every procedure is not safe for everyone, but your surgeon will discuss your options and help you make an informed decision. We can also refer you to competent centers that offer genital reassignment surgery, when needed.

At our Center for Inclusion Health, we are committed to making it easier for people facing barriers, such as substance use or unstable housing, to get the comprehensive, compassionate care they need close to home. Learn more about the transgender health care that this center offers.

Hand surgery

Some of our surgeons have received extra training in restoring hand feeling, movement, and function after trauma, such as a fractures, tendon lacerations, or nerve injuries. 

Other types of reconstructive surgery we offer

Our surgeons perform many different types of reconstructive surgery, including:

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Limb salvaging
  • Cleft palate repair

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN reconstructive surgery services.