Saturday, June 25, 2005

Plastic Surgery ..

One of our consultant plastic & reconstructive surgeon told me before that, everytime she has any assaulted case referred to her (like slashes injuries, multiple stab wound injuries, gun shot injuries etc..) she will surely ask the patient where the incident occured.. Well, she really has a point there ---> avoid going to those places in the future if possible, for your own safety :D She is really a very dedicated plastic surgeon & her surgical skill is excellent.., she is very famous as well :)

I was working in the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Operating Theatre yesterday.. Yesterday's case (Latissimus dorsi free muscle flap in lower limb reconstruction after motor vehicle accident) tooks around 7 hours plus.. faster than what I expected :) Sometimes, these sort of cases can take up 10 to 12 hours ... (Most of the plastic surgery takes longer hours than the other operations.. )

I think many have actually misunderstand what is the actual definition or meaning of plastic surgery. Many might only link plastic surgery with cosmetic reason... Actually the scope of plastic surgery is much wider than that...

Plastic surgery deals with the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, craniomaxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast, trunk, external genitalia or cosmetic enhancement of these areas of the body. Cosmetic surgery is just a component of plastic surgery.

Special knowledge & skill involving grafts, flaps, free tissue transfer & replantation is important. Competence in management of complex wounds & usage of implantable materials is required as well. Plastic surgeons have been prominent in the development of innovative techniques such as microvascular & craniomaxillofacial surgery, liposuction, & tissue transfer.


John said...


Hawks said...

Remind me of the joke about butt tissue is used for face reconstruction

Chen said...


butt tissue for face reconstruction?
kekeke.. that's really a good "joke" leh..