Pediatric plastic surgeon aims to give back to her community | Facial rejuvenation should look natural, plastic surgeons say | 24-year-old dies during cosmetic surgery abroad
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October 24, 2014
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Pediatric plastic surgeon aims to give back to her community
Tina Sauerhammer's list of accomplishments is impressive, especially considering she's only 34: youngest alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Miss Wisconsin winner and Miss America second runner-up. She was also on the surgical team that performed the nation's first full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Now she has returned to her hometown in northeastern Wisconsin as the area's first fellowship-trained pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon, where she hopes to use her unique skill set to give back to the community. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (10/22)
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Facial rejuvenation should look natural, plastic surgeons say
Sometimes the most important thing a plastic surgeon can do is decide how not to treat facial rejuvenation patients, says plastic surgeon David Hidalgo. Sometimes surgeons can be "too formulaic in the procedures they use," Hidalgo says, and the results look unnatural. Plastic surgeon Timothy Marten says a person's eyes and lips, in particular, are "loci of identity" and must be treated with a careful hand. New York Post (10/22)
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24-year-old dies during cosmetic surgery abroad
A 24-year-old British woman died during surgery at a Bangkok clinic. She reportedly had surgery at the same clinic recently and was undergoing a corrective procedure performed by a surgeon who was allegedly uncertified. "This tragic case highlights how, if lured by the prospect of what is essentially 'cheap surgery,' patients can be left vulnerable," said Michael Cadier, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The Guardian (London)/The Press Association (U.K.) (10/24)
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Practice Management
Provider call to address EHR flexibility rule
The CMS is planning a provider call to discuss the 2014 Certified EHR Technology Flexibility Rule and how providers can use it to satisfy 2014 meaningful use requirements. The call is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 30. (10/21)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Talk with a plastic surgeon before mastectomy
Barbara Fewell elected more than 20 years ago to have a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction after having two lumpectomies before the age of 30 and losing her mother to breast cancer. Prophylactic mastectomy was rare at the time, and Fewell never discussed her decision with a plastic surgeon or a support group. Reconstructive surgeon Jarrod Daniel has since operated on Fewell, and he advises other breast cancer patients to talk with a plastic surgeon before any surgery to ensure the best possible outcomes. Time Warner Cable News (10/22)
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Research & Technology
3D-printed replacement heel bone may help patient avoid amputation
Doctors in Australia implanted a titanium heel bone into a 71-year-old man’s foot, saving him from amputation after a cancerous tumor was found. Doctors scanned the healthy bone in his left foot and sent the scans to Melbourne-based Anatomics, which created the plans for the replacement. Australia's scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, created the titanium implant using a 3D printer. (10/20)
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Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."
-- Henry David Thoreau,
American writer and naturalist
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