"Size Matters" billboard runs its course | DIEP flap may be an option if implants are not | How to ease the pain of a meaningful use audit
August 19, 2016
In the News
"Size Matters" billboard runs its course
A plastic surgeon in Murrieta, Calif., is no longer sponsoring a billboard that offended some residents and prompted a petition for its removal. Plastic surgeon Brian Eichenberg said the billboard spurred additional business, and he refused to take it down before the contract expired.
San Diego Reader (8/12) 
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DIEP flap may be an option if implants are not
A woman with young children had a prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstruction with implants after learning she carried a genetic mutation that put her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. When her body rejected the implants, plastic surgeon Raj Ambay, who did not perform the initial reconstruction, offered deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap reconstruction, which succeeded.
WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (8/17) 
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Dr. Gary Breslow on VECTRA 3D
"I saw VECTRA at the ASPS meeting when it first came out, and immediately realized the implications. This was going to change, even revolutionize, the consultation process, improving patient communications and assuring that we're on the same page in terms of what they want and what we can do. Today, I don't know how you could do a consultation without it." Read More>>
Gary D. Breslow, MD, FACS, Paramus, NJ
Practice Management
How to ease the pain of a meaningful use audit
Experts say medical practices should expect and prepare for meaningful use audits by saving records for at least six years after attestation and maintaining some documentation on paper. Seek expert assistance before an audit and after a failed audit, and respond promptly to audits and failed audits, say attorney Joshua Freemire and consultant Carmina Nitzki.
Dermatology News (8/16) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Radiation plus 2-mm margins produces good outcomes in DCIS
A clear 2-millimeter excision margin along with whole-breast radiotherapy is associated with low recurrence and revision rates in ductal carcinoma in situ, according to guidance from the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The standard improves cosmetic outcomes and decreases health care costs, the groups said in their respective journals.
HealthDay News (8/15) 
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Plastic Surgery Channel Video Spotlight
Getting breast implants while you're "awake"?
Getting breast implants while you're Awake
The biggest fear for many, many patients considering any type of cosmetic or aesthetic surgery is "going under," or the anxiety of general anesthesia. In an attempt to address and avoid that fear, techniques continue to be refined that allow patients and surgeons to accomplish surgeries while the patient is "awake." ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com
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Research & Technology
Cianna Medical's localization breast cancer device wins new FDA clearance
The FDA has given Cianna Medical an additional 510(k) clearance for its Savi Scout radar localization breast cancer device, which facilitates tagging of cancerous tissue in lumpectomy and biopsy procedures by providing audible and visual indicators. The clearance allows the device to be placed at the tumor site up to 30 days before surgery.
MassDevice.com (Boston) (8/17) 
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Syneron's abdominal fat reduction device wins FDA clearance
The FDA has given clearance to Syneron Medical's UltraShape Power device for abdominal fat reduction. The device reduces abdominal fat layer thickness by 32% by using pulsed mechanical sound energy and delivers 20% more energy than its predecessor via the USculpt transducer.
Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (8/16) 
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