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Procedure: Having Microsurgery

Microsurgery is a technique that allows delicate operations to be performed on very small structures in the body. The technique is used for a number of procedures, such as repairing damaged blood vessels and nerves. Microsurgery is also frequently used to remove the eye lens of someone with a cataract and to operate on the tiny bones in the middle ear.

Inside the ear

During the procedure

The surgeon views the operating site through a powerful microscope and uses extremely small instruments. Here an operation is being carried out on delicate structures inside the ear.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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