Facial Transplantation Shows Promise for Severe Disfigurement

Facial transplantation can be a useful treatment for severe disfigurement, although it is not without risks, according to two case reports involving facial damage caused by a bear attack and by growth of a rare aggressive tumor. Both reports appear in the August 23rd issue of The Lancet.

Video Games Enhance Skills of Laparoscopic Surgeons

Laparoscopic surgeons who play video games requiring spatial skills and dexterity are faster and less prone to error when performing advanced surgical procedures, researchers reported on Sunday at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston.

Three-Tiered Approach Optimizes Rhinoplasty Results Among African Americans

African American patients report a high degree of satisfaction with three-tiered open structure rhinoplasty, which includes dorsal augmentation, tip refinement, and alar base narrowing, while maintaining ethnic characteristics, according to an article in the July/August issue of the Archives of Facial and Plastic Surgery.

Chewing Gum May Enhance Recovery After Colon Surgery

Several small clinical trials have suggested that chewing gum after surgery to remove a part of the colon can enhance intestinal recovery, and some have suggested that this can result in a shortened hospital stay for the patient. Now, a meta-analysis of 5 clinical trials, involving a total of 158 patients, has found that the […]