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Oncological Reconstructive Surgery: Benefits of Microscope & Integrated Vascular Fluorescence Use

Oncological reconstructive surgery requires high precision and attention to details. It can pose a number of challenges: long operating time, flap necrosis and other complications. Leica visualization solutions provide enhanced ergonomics and high-quality optical features to overcome these challenges.

Image: Dr. Christine Bach for the world premiere of the PROvido microscope use in Plastic and Reconstructive Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Bach and her assistant can operate in a seated position.

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Dr. Harold Chatel is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in a leading hospital in Paris, France. The hospital is one of the best in the world for oncology according to Newsweek. Dr. Chatel uses the Leica M530 OHX surgical microscope to see more and progress confidently through surgery. The microscope boosts magnification by 40% and light intensity is automatically adjusted minimizing incidents and reducing tissue damage. The integrated FL800 vascular fluorescence helps confirm flap viability.

In the below video, Dr. Chatel talks about his experience with these solutions during oncological reconstructive surgery such as mastectomy and breast reconstruction procedures.

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The use of the Leica M530 OHX surgical microscope during oncological reconstructive surgery allows Dr. Chatel to:

  • Move around the patient freely
  • Zoom in and out easily, manually or with the wireless foot pedal
  • Adopt a good posture and avoid stooping
  • Stay focused on the patient and the procedure
  • Perform the anastomosis in the best conditions

The M530 OHX microscope is equipped with integrated vascular fluorescence, which is valuable during mastectomy and breast reconstruction procedures to:

  • Determine whether the flap is vascularized
  • Understand which part of the flap is well vascularized
  • Check that the skin is of sufficient quality for reconstruction
  • Anticipate complications such as secondary breast fat necrosis

As Dr. Chatel explains: “When there is an indication for immediate breast reconstruction, we always take advantage of the fluorescence to look at the breast skin”.

If you would like to learn more about the Leica M530 OXH surgical microscope and integrated vascular fluorescence for oncological reconstructive surgery, contact a Leica representative today. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.