Reconstructive surgery helps restore a patient's body structure and function to normal levels. Surgical procedures repair the damage resulting from the body's physical abnormalities. In contrast to cosmetic surgery, an elective procedure that people may undergo for purely superficial reasons, the underlying purpose for reconstructive procedures concentrates on repairing, replacing and rebuilding parts of the human body to return them to normal functioning capabilities.
Because reconstructive surgery is performed out of necessity to restore the body's ability to engage in daily tasks, the procedures are usually covered by health insurance. Patients can benefit in other ways including a boost in confidence in addition to an improvement in overall health and wellness when the capacity to fully engage in day-to-day duties and responsibilities is restored.