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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This second edition has been updated and reinvented to satisfy those in need of expert advice regarding secondary or reoperative plastic surgery. These volumes and the accompanying DVD will allow readers to gain valuable insight into these procedures and answers to problematic situations.
Purpose: Dr. Grotting wished to cull the wisdom of experienced surgeons who have mastered the techniques and the subtleties of problem-solving in this most sensitive segment of plastic surgery. He wished to provide readers with a logical, algorithmic path to follow that would both prevent untoward results and lead to a positive outcome.
Audience: The chapter authors are nationally and internationally acclaimed surgeons who have vast experience in treating secondary or reoperative plastic surgery conditions. The level of sophistication needed to format the proper sequence of surgical events and then bring them to fruition is daunting at best. Hence, performance of these procedures should fall upon the shoulders of the more practiced. However, novice surgeons whose venture has befallen a mishap will be gratified to get the valuable counsel from these experts.
Features: Two DVDs detailing the intraoperative techniques necessary to perform reoperative plastic surgery accompany these volumes. The book's seven parts are arranged in an anatomic format. All retained chapters have been revised and updated by replacing procedures that no longer measure up with more effective ones. Eleven new chapters have been added and include endoscopic treatments for brow ptosis, techniques relating to the massive weight loss patient, fat grafting, correction of liposuction deformities, and reoperation in the region of the lid, head, and neck. Psychological considerations of the patient who undergoes subsequent operative intervention have been supplemented to round out the care of these individuals. The remaining topics deal with the environment surrounding reoperative surgery, tissue alterations encountered, and the problematic area of facial rejuvenation. Surgical encounters requiring reoperative surgery of the breast, chest, trunk, and extremities complete the book. A well selected list of references concludes each chapter for those in search of supplementary information. Relevant charts, diagrams, and photographs supplement the text.
Assessment: Reoperative surgery is not for the faint of heart. The risks and difficulties are many; however, with these volumes at the surgeon's side the outcomes should be significantly improved.