Reconstructive surgical nurses specialize in treating patients who have been through reconstructive surgery or require medical care for issues related to skin problems.
In many cases this may include treating patients who have had cosmetic, plastic or laser surgery performed on them and can include both facial surgery and surgery performed on the body.
Patients who have had microsurgical operations performed on them may also benefit from the use of a reconstructive surgical nurse.
Microsurgical operations are often a more intensive type of surgery that goes beyond the cosmetic or skin level surgical operations cosmetic patients may receive.
Microsurgical operations may include tissue transfer, transplantation and replantation (the process of reconnecting detached body parts such as a finger, arm, nose or other body part).
Reconstructive nurses use their training to identify the type of reconstructive care a patient requires and develops a recovery plan to help the patient throughout their reconstructive and recovery process.
These nurses are responsible for monitoring the recovery process of their patients, administering medications, wound management, performing skin assessments and educating patients about their surgical procedure and providing advice on how to properly recover from their procedure as well as other medical tasks related to reconstructive surgery.
Those who work as part of an administrative team may perform tasks such as scheduling appointments, overseeing and managing other nurses, healthcare providers and various surgical/clinical departments, maintaining medical records and ordering diagnostic treatment and test results among other administrative duties.
Not all patients reconstructive surgical nurses help require surgery.
Some patients may need medical assistance and advice on recovering from skin lesions or severe physical rashes.
In these situations reconstructive nurses may provide medical aide to the patient and provide advice on how to reduce or eliminate a skin problem that does not require the use of surgery.
Some of the patients these nurses care for include:
- Patients who have undergone cosmetic surgery such as facelifts, implants and augmentations
- Patients who have been affected by deformities or physical abnormalities
- Patients dealing with skin cancer or tumors
- Patients who have been affected by severe rashes, poisonous chemical or lesions
- Burn victims
- Individuals who have had a limb or body part disconnected
And patients who are recovering from a severe illness or disease in which the help of a reconstructive surgical nurse may improve the patient’s physical appearance, self-esteem and physical recovery among other skin/organ related medical procedures that may require the use of a reconstructive surgical nurse.
These nurses play an important role in the operation and recovery of patients dealing with cosmetic or microsurgery.
They educate patients on how to properly recover from their treatment, provide medical care to individuals who need medical attention and provide other medical professionals with some much-needed assistance in order to provide patients with the best medical care possible.