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October 5, 2012
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In the News 
  • Surgeons regrow cancer patient's ear on her arm
    Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine regrew a skin cancer patient's ear on her forearm and transplanted it to her head. Doctors used cartilage from the patient's ribs to build the ear, then surgically implanted it in her arm to allow skin to grow around it. They then removed the ear, transplanted it and connected blood vessels. CBS News (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Spa procedure leaves patient disfigured
    A woman says she received "facial rejuvenation" treatments at a Florida spa that left her hospitalized for more than two months and possibly permanently disfigured. The spa's owner was charged with aggravated battery and practicing medicine without a license. Cosmetic procedures are safe only from "properly trained professionals in a properly equipped facility," says plastic surgeon Leo R. McCafferty, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. ABC News/"Good Morning America" (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dr. Robert Zubowski on VECTRA® 3D
"VECTRA 3D has been extremely useful in helping me understand patient's expectations. And when you can educate them about what can and can't be accomplished, you're going to have a higher percentage of satisfied patients. It gives them a comfort level with the decision, and the fact that we've gone the extra mile to educate them enhances their whole experience."
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Robert Zubowski, M.D., Paramus, NJ
Practice Management 
  • Simple steps can help keep patients satisfied
    Highly trained doctors, accessible medical histories and the perception of lengthy appointments keep patients satisfied, a Harris Interactive Poll found. Doctors can review a patient's chart before entering the exam room or quickly access the patient's electronic record at the beginning of the exam, experts say. Sitting instead of standing throughout the appointment can give the patient a sense of more time passing without lengthening the exam. American Medical News (free content) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
360° of Power-Assisted Fat Removal
Unlike other reciprocating power-assisted devices, the PowerX® System utilizes a unique rotational movement to quickly and effectively treat fatty tissue all the way around the cannula using variable rotation and speed settings. The rotational mechanism also helps to reduce aspiration time and physician fatigue.
Health Quality & Advocacy 
  • Toronto hospitals align to help mastectomy patients
    Toronto-area hospitals have joined forces to form the University Health Network Breast Restoration Program. The program offers a full-time breast reconstruction nurse and guides patients through their options, including microsurgical techniques using patients' own tissue. "We want to dispel the myth that's out there that most patients are not candidates for breast reconstruction when this is not true," said plastic surgeon Toni Zhong of UHN's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global News Online (Toronto) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Research & Technology 
  • Tissue expander allows patients more control over reconstruction
    Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction can be a painful process because the skin usually must be stretched and injected with saline to accommodate an implant, says plastic surgeon Ankit Desai. A new device allows women to expand the skin gradually, to their own level of pain tolerance, and uses carbon dioxide instead of saline injections. Plastic surgeons are leading clinical trials on the device. WTAJ-TV (Altoona, Pa.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are."
--John Burroughs,
American naturalist and essayist

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