Research on Ear Surgery Shows Difference in Sutures

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 by copywriter

Ear surgery can corrects abnormal ear protrusion, often on young children as soon as the ears have fully developed.  Plastic surgeons generally perform an incision behind the ear, reshape the ear cartilage, and place a suture to maintain the new ear position.

A study conducted by doctors in Lithuania analyzed the success rate of different suture types used in Otoplasty.  The 3-year study was conducted with 100 patients, who were divided into different groups based on the suture materials chosen for their ear surgery.   Groups included patients using PDS, Monocryl and Mersilene sutures.

After analyzing the data for each group, the doctors found that 3 patients in the PDS group and 3 patients in the Monocryl group had recurrence, or an unsatisfactory outcomes requiring revision surgery.  Patients in the group using Mersilene sutures had the lowest rate of recurrence.

Doctors in Iran Study Botox as Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 by copywriter

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, Botox has potential for treating chronic tennis elbow.

Physicians in Tehran have been researching the use of Botulinum toxin (the active ingredient in Botox Cosmetic) as a treatment for lateral epicondylitis, whatâ??s commonly known as tennis elbow.

A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted with 48 patients, who were injected with either Botox or saline, the placebo.  Injection sites were customized for each patientâ??s anatomy.

When the injections were performed with anatomic measurements as a guide, they â??significantly reduced pain at restâ? in those who suffer from chronic tennis elbow.  Physicians caution that because of side effects, the treatment may not be appropriate for patients who require finger extension.

â??Connect the Docsâ? For Best Care Practices in Breast Reconstruction

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 by copywriter

Plastic surgeons are now collaborating with the American Society of Breast Surgeons on behalf of breast cancer patients, according to recent news from the ASPS.   By advocating the inclusion of plastic surgeons in the treatment planning process, it is hoped that breast cancer patients will get better care and surgical outcomes.

A recent meeting in NYC brought together survivors of breast cancer, physicians from multiple specialties, and advocacy groups, to discuss best care practices for breast cancer patients.  The gathering was punctuated by a sobering statistic:  â??Nearly 70 percent of women who are eligible for breast reconstruction are not informed of their reconstructive options by a referring physician. The number is even higher for minority women.â?

Why does this matter?  ASPS President Michael McGuire says that a womanâ??s choice to opt for breast reconstruction impacts the surgical techniques that will be selected for her.  Therefore, including a plastic surgeon from the beginning of care planning is in her best interest.   The Team Approach â?? which brings together a breast surgeon, gynecologist, radiologist, medical oncologist, and a plastic surgeon â?? originated in an effort to design personalized treatment plans that are put in place right away â?? from the time of diagnosis and through treatment and recovery.

McGuire explains the benefits for female cancer patients:  â??Each step of the cancer care journey requires specific medical expertise.  When a team of experts works together, the outcome for patients is vastly improved.â?Â  The patient also benefits when a physician explains all of the reconstruction options at the onset of treatment.