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January 29, 2013
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  • Plastic surgeons give wounded soldier 2 new arms
    A soldier who lost all four limbs in the Iraq War received a double-arm transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Surgeons also transplanted bone marrow from the donor in an effort to reduce the need for immunosuppressive drugs. The surgery was led by plastic surgeon W.P. Andrew Lee, who helped pioneer double-hand and double-arm transplants at the University of Pittsburgh. Yahoo/The Associated Press (1/28), The Washington Post (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • U.S. plastic surgeon pays it forward in other countries
    Plastic surgeon Kaveh Alizadeh helped create Mission: Restore in 2010 to provide reconstructive surgery in areas affected by war and natural disasters and to prepare local doctors to provide more services. Team members will soon travel to El Salvador, where they will take care of patients and develop relationships with doctors. Members will maintain those relationships and support local doctors through telemedicine software, and the doctors will later be brought to the U.S. for additional training. "We're not just a group doing surgery," Alizadeh said. "We want to establish a long-term commitment with doctors in the communities and mimic the training program we have in the U.S. so these doctors will become self-reliant." The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Popularity of "daddy makeovers" grows
    Men account for nearly 10% of cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty, liposuction, blepharoplasty, Botox and face-lifts, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. "When I go into a room, I feel fit, and I am fit. And that's how I project myself," said Bo Jardine, one of plastic surgeon Robert Kratschmer's patients. KHOU-TV (Houston) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Practice Management 
 
  • Lengthy malpractice suits burden doctors and patients
    Many physicians and surgeons face a malpractice lawsuit at some point in their careers that can drag on for years and impede their ability to care for patients, a Health Affairs study found. Lengthy lawsuits also delay compensation for patients and can hold up changes in policy and practice designed to prevent similar errors in the future, the study found. "If we could get these cases resolved faster, we might be able to improve the efficiency of the system, lower costs and even improve quality of care for patients," lead researcher Seth Seabury said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Study in ASJ Finds VASER® Shape Reduces Adipose Tissue
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Onelio Garcia, concluded that the VASER Shape System has a reduction effect on adipose tissue by altering the permeability of the adipocytes after observing adipocyte structural changes and an increase of free lipids in the lymph system on the treated side. Learn more in the January 2013 issue of ASJ or by clicking here.
Research & Technology 
  • Plastic surgeons tied to history of organ transplants
    Plastic surgeons have been innovators in the field of organ transplantation as far back as 800 B.C., when Sushruta Samhita tried to conduct skin grafts in India, writes plastic surgeon Michael Yaremchuk. One of the journals devoted to transplantation, Transplantation Bulletin, was initially part of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plastic surgeons transplanting arms and faces to severely wounded troops continue to advance the field of organ transplantation. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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We have more ability than willpower, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible."
--François de la Rochefoucauld,
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