Information for patients

What is the RSTN?

The Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network is a new initiative supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and The British Society for Surgery of the Hand. It aims to improve the number and quality of clinical trials performed within plastic surgery and hand surgery.

How will it improve the clinical care I receive?

Clinical trials and other well designed studies improve the evidence base for the treatments that are offered to patients.

How do I get enrolled in a trial?

Only patients who have the condition being studied and who are being treated at a centre involved in a particular trial can be enrolled. Details of our current studies are available in the “Projects” section of the website.

As a lay person can I get involved in the RSTN?

The RSTN actively engages patient groups to identify areas of research priority. If you would like to contribute, please get in touch by using the contact form.

Does the RSTN provide medical advice?

We are an organisation, run by plastic surgeons and orthopaedic hand surgeons, to promote clinical trials and other prospective studies within the field of reconstructive surgery. The RSTN cannot provide information to individuals about their condition or treatment. The information posted on this website is a guide only. It should not be considered medical advice and it is not intended to replace consultation with qualified medical professionals.