Reconstructive Care at Columbia
From one of the country’s top Plastic Surgery teams

Extremity Reconstruction

Extremity reconstruction may be necessary after trauma or cancer removal. The arms and legs are important areas of the body, and extremity wounds can greatly affect mobility and lifestyle. Plastic surgeons can use skin grafts or flaps to cover extremity wounds and get patients back to their normal level of activity. There are various surgical options available with differing levels of complexity and you should discuss the best option for you with your surgeon.


These surgeries are performed under general anesthesia.

Before Surgery

  • If orthopedic surgery is involved for bony issues, follow their instructions.
  • If you are a smoker, stop smoking to aid in healing.


You will likely stay in the hospital for several days to weeks depending on the complexity of the wound and the reconstruction. Your extremity will be elevated during this time, and movement will gradually be started with the assistance of physical therapists.

Next Steps

If you are in need of a reconstructive procedure, our team is here to help. Call us at (212) 305-3103 or request an appointment online.