Pediatric Surgery Austin, TX

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Congenital Hand and Foot Surgery

Congenital deformities of the hand and foot are physical abnormalities present at birth that can significantly affect a child’s hand and foot function and appearance. Deformities may occur as a result of abnormal development, birth injuries or genetic factors, and can involve fingers or toes that are fused together, an underdeveloped hand or foot, extra fingers or toes, and other abnormalities. Surgery for these conditions depends on the type and severity of the deformity but may include tendon transfers, skin grafts, limb manipulation, external appliances or prosthetic devices to restore normal function and appearance to the hand or foot.

Microvascular Reconstruction of the Limbs

Microvascular limb reconstruction can be performed to correct congenital deformities or traumatic injuries of the limbs in patients of all ages. Dr. Trussler takes advantage of the most precise and effective techniques to restore the appearance and functionality of affected limbs so that patients can benefit from an improved quality of life. The best procedure for limb reconstruction varies for each individual patient and may include tissue transplantation (or flaps), replantation, nerve repair and grafting, limb lengthening, prosthetics and more.

Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Pediatric plastic surgery makes up about 3% of all plastic surgery procedures, and may be performed to correct deformities caused by birth defects or trauma; or for cosmetic purposes, and may include cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, ear and nose problems, birthmarks, burns and traumatic injuries. Dr. Trussler works with families to make sure the patient’s individual growth and development are taken into consideration.


How Is Pediatric Plastic Surgery Different From Adult Plastic Surgery?

Pediatric plastic surgery differs from adult plastic surgery in several ways – primarily when it comes to the surgeon’s training and approach to patient care. 

Children's bodies are still growing. Pediatric surgeons like Dr. Andrew Trussler are specially trained to work with smaller anatomical structures. They also know how to account for future growth and development when planning the procedure.

A young girl smiling with her hands framing her face

Young patients’ emotional and psychological needs also require a gentler touch. Skilled pediatric surgeons know how to communicate with young patients (and their parents) in a reassuring way.

What Types of Anesthesia Are Used in Pediatric Reconstructive Surgery?

The types of anesthesia used in pediatric plastic surgery are carefully chosen to ensure the utmost safety for young patients.

General anesthesia is commonly used. It allows children to sleep through the procedure without pain or awareness. In some cases, local anesthesia with sedation might be appropriate. It depends on the complexity and duration of the surgery. 

Pediatric anesthesiologists are specially trained to care for children. They monitor the patient closely to keep them safe and comfortable.

What Should I Bring to My Child’s Consultation?

Bringing the right items to your child’s consultation can set everyone up for a productive appointment. Important documents include:

  • Your child’s medical records
  • A list of any medications they are currently taking
  • Any previous surgical or treatment history information
  • A list of questions or concerns you may have about the procedure

Take a favorite toy or comfort item for your child as well. This can help them feel more at ease.

How Do I Prepare My Child for Surgery?

Preparing your child for surgery involves both practical and emotional preparation. Here are some steps you can take to get them ready:

  • Explain the surgery in age-appropriate language. Emphasize that it will help them feel better.
  • Encourage them to ask questions and express their feelings.
  • Ensure they understand they will be asleep and won't feel anything during the surgery.
  • Follow preoperative instructions provided by Dr. Trussler, such as fasting guidelines and medication restrictions.

What Should I Bring to the Hospital on the Day of the Surgery?

You’ll need to pack some essential items on the day of the surgery. These include:

  • Your child’s insurance information
  • Your child’s identification information
  • Other documents (including medical records, surgical history, etc.)

Pack a small bag with a change of clothes, favorite toys or blankets, and snacks for after the procedure as well. Having these familiar belongings can put your child at ease before and after.

It’s also wise to bring something to occupy your time. Books or electronic devices can keep you busy while you wait.

How Can I Care For My Child at Home Post-Surgery?

A pediatric surgeon monitoring a baby’s heartbeat

Properly caring for your child at home post-surgery is crucial. Follow Dr. Trussler’s postoperative instructions carefully. This includes medication schedules and wound treatment guidelines.

Some additional steps that can ensure a smooth recovery include:

  • Keep the surgical site clean and dry
  • Watch for signs of infection (redness, swelling, unusual discharge, etc.)
  • Encourage your child to rest and avoid strenuous activities
  • Provide a relaxing and supportive environment
  • Ensure they stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet to promote healing

Contact Dr. Trussler's office immediately if you have concerns or notice any complications. 

Why Choose Dr. Andrew Trussler?

Dr. Andrew Trussler is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He also possesses specialty training as a cosmetic surgeon. His extensive education equips him with the expertise needed to handle the delicate and unique aspects of plastic surgery for children.

Dr. Trussler's reputation as a top pediatric plastic surgeon is further solidified by the numerous awards he has received for his scientific contributions to the field. These accolades reflect his dedication to advancing surgical techniques and improving patient outcomes. Parents can trust Dr. Trussler’s technical skills and compassionate approach.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Trussler

Do you have questions about pediatric procedures? Do you want to set up a consultation for pediatric plastic surgery? If so, Dr. Trussler and his staff are here to help.

To get in touch, fill out our contact form. You can also call our Austin office at 512-450-1077 to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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“I’m very happy with my breast augmentation! Dr. Trussler did a breast augmentation and did a fabulous job. A very special thank u to the staff at the clinic as well, follow up visit amazing. Would highly recommend, Andrew P. Trussler, MD - Austin Plastic Surgery if you want the BEST!”

– Ruby Ward, Patient


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