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The future in reconstructive surgery

L Lantieri
Composite tissue allotransplantation is an emerging practice in the field of reconstructive surgery. Although still restricted to patients with major physical defects, it could be more widely practiced in the close future. The broadening of reconstructive surgery with "tissue reconstitution" depends on the functional results obtained with first hand allografts and with progress in immunotherapy. The mastery of microsurgery is a fundamental prerequisite for this activity and its development. Plastic surgeons will soon have to conceive, define, and master innovative surgical procedures for tissue restoration by means of microsurgical allotransplantation.