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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This book covers the most performed body reduction procedures following significant weight loss due to diet or, more commonly, bariatric surgery. It is a well-crafted book accompanied by a DVD demonstrating surgical interventions.
Purpose: With the plethora of surgeries performed for obesity, the number of patients seeking body recontouring has dramatically increased, necessitating books such as this one. The purpose is to present comprehensive information and didactic illustrations on the DVD that offer readers multiple approaches to many of these surgeries.
Audience: The book is intended for surgeons who perform body contouring procedures for this group of patients. Residents in both plastic and general surgery will be able to use this as a reference for both weight loss and the subsequent remodeling of the body to deal with these alterations.
Features: The initial sections delve into the psychological and physiological implications of massive weight loss. Bariatric surgery is clarified, in that the weight loss that follows this intervention is the keystone upon which the contouring is based. Next, chapters describe the surgical procedures necessary to reshape the body. The areas of concern are the mid-abdomen, breasts, arms, back, thigh, face, and neck. The multiple authors present a multitude of approaches to these anatomic areas, which offers readers a variety of options. Charts, graphs, photos, and diagrams within each chapter enhance the descriptions. The accompanying DVD demonstrates many surgical procedures, significantly clarifying and expanding upon the written text.
Assessment: Although one might imagine an encyclopedia as a set of books, this single volume encompasses the field of body contouring procedures and serves as an excellent reference.