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Dr. Aaron Michael Wieland, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
600 Highland Avenue; K4/7 7375
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Aaron Wieland works as an otolaryngologist and head and neck plastic surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Wieland average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Wieland include modified radical neck dissection, skull base surgery, and facial nerve graft. His professional affiliations include the University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health), Madison VA Hospital, and the University Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Wieland attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency.

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All Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Free Flap Reconstruction, Modified Radical ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy M McCulloch, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Timothy McCulloch specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, skull base surgery, and skull base tumors. Dr. McCulloch is professionally affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health) and the University Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. McCulloch is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Best Doctors in America.

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All Interests: Septoplasty, Nose Surgery, Vocal Cord Injection, Voice Disorders, Sinus Surgery, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul A Staskowski, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1 S Park Street
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Paul Staskowski's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: modified radical neck dissection, endoscopic sinus surgery, and fine needle aspiration (FNA). His professional affiliations include UnityPoint Health - Meriter, the University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health), and Madison VA Hospital. Dr. Staskowski honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Staskowski graduated from Mayo Medical School. His residency was performed at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap reconstruction

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Septoplasty, Nose Surgery, Tracheostomy, Sinus Surgery, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. David C Upton, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1 S Park Street
Madison, WI
 

Dr. David Upton is a Madison, WI physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: modified radical neck dissection, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and sleep apnea. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Upton performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Upton is affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Meriter and the University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health).

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Relevant Interests: , free flap reconstruction

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, Sleep Apnea, Free Flap Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

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What is Flap Reconstruction?

Flap reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which healthy tissue is taken (or harvested) from one area of the body, called a donor site, and then transferred to a damaged area, or recipient site. The most common types of tissue used in flap reconstruction are skin, muscle, and a combination of skin and muscle, called musculocutaneous tissue. Flaps are like grafts in that they both involve harvesting and transferring tissue, but they differ in one important way. Flaps are placed onto the recipient site with their own blood supply, whereas grafts are not.

Flaps are used to reconstruct large or deep wounds, as well repair physical deformities. For example, some nasal defects can be corrected using forehead flaps. Another common procedure that uses flaps is breast reconstruction, which is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast after mastectomy (breast removal). The ability to use musculocutaneous tissue makes flaps ideal for this type of reconstructive surgery. In addition, the included blood supply in flaps brings needed oxygen and nutrients to the recipient site, promoting healing.

During flap surgery, an enormous amount of attention needs to be paid to the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). To retain the flap’s blood supply, the surgeon might form a pedicle, which is a bridge of tissue and blood vessels that connects the flap to the site it originates from. The flap is connected to its blood supply through this pedicle. It is removed only after the surgical team has made sure that the flap has healed enough to survive without it. This type of flap is called a pedicled flap.

Blood vessels may also be detached from the flap when it is harvested, and then reattached at the new location. Since the flap is not pedicled to its donor site, it is referred to as a free flap. To be able to connect blood vessels with accuracy, surgeons must use very tiny tools and special microscopes. For this reason, this type of flap reconstruction is also often called microvascular flap surgery. One advantage of free or microvascular flaps is that they are ideal for repairing larger areas, like an extensive wound or defect on the leg.

Depending on how involved your flap reconstruction is, you may have to stay in the hospital for several days after the procedure. It may take six to eight weeks for the incisions to heal, and a year or more for the scars to fully fade.

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