Scar-free facial reconstruction

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Daniel Borsuk and his team achieve a first-for-Canada.

Scar-free facial reconstruction is now a reality. A team led by Daniel Borsuk, a doctor at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and a professor at the University of Montreal, recently conducted the very first such procedure in the history of plastic surgery in Canada.

The hospital is part of the CIUSS de l'Est-de-l'île-de-Montréal health network. In an eight-hour operation on an adult patient, Dr. Daniel Borsuk carried out the facial reconstruction using virtual surgery and 3D models, removing a vascularized piece of pelvic bone and reshaping it to adapt it to the rest of the face before transplanting it through the inside of the mouth, with no scars left at all.

In the past, this type of procedure would have necessitated multiple interventions and left one or more scars.

“The operation, during which the latest technologies were applied to reconstructive plastic surgery, sends a real message of hope to anyone who feels they must simply live with this type of disfigurement and who often feels so self-conscious that they isolate themselves,” explained Dr. Borsuk.

For more than 25 years, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal have played a key role in the field of plastic surgery, their professionals working tirelessly to achieve technological advances and make these breakthroughs available to patients.

Dr. Borsuk had already participated in a milestone moment in the history of reconstructive surgery when he was the only Canadian physician on an American face transplant team. In 2012, he took part in the most extensive face transplant ever conducted, on a 37-year-old man disfigured by a gunshot wound.


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About Daniel Borsuk

Dr. Borsuk earned his BSc, MBA and MD degrees at McGill University prior to studying plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Bortoluzzi. He then went on to pursue further specialization in pediatric and adult cranio-maxillo-facial surgery and microsurgery at Johns Hopkins University and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

About the CIUSSS de l'Est-de l'Île-de-Montréal

The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS-Est) includes Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Hôpital Santa Cabrini, the Canadian-Polish Welfare Institute, and Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, as well as the Saint-Léonard et Saint-Michel, Pointe-de-l'Île, and Lucille-Teasdale health and social services centres. It offers a full range of first-line health care and social services as well as general, specialized, super-specialized and mental health hospital care. It also manages long-term care facilities. Affiliated with the Université de Montréal, the CIUSSS-Est combines teaching, assessment and research missions with the training of physicians and other health professionals.

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  • Florence Meney
    CIUSSS-EST - Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont
    Tel: 514 755-2516