Surgeons restore smile to the face of a teenager born with hemifacial microsomia | Plastic surgeon going strong after 2 decades | Variety, personalization attract surgeon to plastic and reconstructive field
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August 19, 2014
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Surgeons restore smile to the face of a teenager born with hemifacial microsomia
A 19-year-old Iraqi woman traveled to New York to undergo corrective surgery for hemifacial microsomia, which will be free of charge, compliments of the surgical team, the Little Baby Face Foundation and Lenox Hill Hospital. Reconstructive surgeons will first take bone and soft tissue from her leg to fashion the undeveloped part of her face, then will rebuild her ear, nose, jawbone and cheekbone. "It's like half a face transplant," said Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Thomas Romo, who is part of the surgical team. Daily News (New York) (8/17)
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Plastic surgeon going strong after 2 decades
Plastic surgeon Daniel Ness founded Gaston Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1994 and primarily treated acute hand injuries in a once-thriving textile mill town. He has since expanded the practice to include dermatology and now treats more skin cancer cases. Over the years, technological advances have reduced patient risk and increased predictability, Ness said. The Gaston Gazette (Gastonia, N.C.) (8/15)
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Variety, personalization attract surgeon to plastic and reconstructive field
Plastic surgery's highly personalized nature and variety of procedures attracted Jill Murphy to the field. As a plastic surgeon, "you have to draw from the fundamental principles and techniques that you have learned and put them together in a way that can solve each unique surgical situation that you are faced with," Murphy said. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (8/18)
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Practice Management
CMS offers practice guidance on transition to ICD-10
The CMS has released the first of its "Road to 10" webinar series designed to help small medical practices prepare for the new codes. The resource is available on the agency website. EHR Intelligence (8/15)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Women smuggling cocaine in implants take big risks, plastic surgeon says
A Venezuelan woman was recently arrested at Madrid's airport on suspicion of smuggling cocaine in her breast implants. The saline may have been removed from the implants and replaced with cocaine, a procedure that puts the smuggler at great risk, says plastic surgeon Matthew Schulman. "There's obvious risks with that because it was probably not done under sterile conditions, so there's risk of infection and also the body absorbing that cocaine, which could cause sudden death from a cocaine overdose," Schulman said. Daily News (New York) (8/15)
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Research & Technology
FDA clears 3D-printed facial implant
The FDA cleared Oxford Performance Materials' OsteoFab 3D-printed facial implant, which will be distributed globally by Biomet, the manufacturer announced. The implant is based on a powder that is similar to bone and supports bone attachment. It can be custom-printed using images from MRI or CT scans. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (8/19)
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