The Role of Plastic Surgery at an Academic Medical Center in the United States

Lee Li-Qun Pu, Michael Mirmanesh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Plastic surgery may have traditionally been labelled as a “less essential” service at many academic medical centers in the United States. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the role of the plastic surgery team as a valuable service at an academic medical center. METHODS: We performed a 10-year retrospective case review of a single plastic surgeonʼs case log at 2 academic medical institutions, each with an active plastic surgery training program. Plastic surgical procedures performed in combination with other services and surgical management of complications from nonplastic surgical procedures was evaluated. Plastic surgical procedures performed for all types of reconstruction as a primary service, including breast reconstruction were excluded. The role of the plastic surgery service was evaluated to identify the types of assistance provided, which primary services were involved and what the most common procedures performed were for each service. RESULTS: The type of assistance provided by the plastic surgery service was divided into 2 common categories. The first type involved a concurrent or combined surgical case where the procedure required plastic surgery’s participation. The second group included management of complications that occurred on another service, which then required assistance by the plastic surgery team. A total of thirteen primary services were identified as benefitting from involvement with plastic surgery. The most commonly performed reconstructive procedures provided for each service were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The plastic surgery team provides invaluable support to other services in a tertiary teaching hospital. Its input allows for more complex surgical procedures to be performed safely and for complications of surgery to be managed successfully. Clearly, plastic surgery plays a critical role at academic medical centers in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 8 2017

Fingerprint

Plastic Surgery
Mammaplasty
Tertiary Care Centers
Teaching Hospitals
Plastics
Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

Cite this

The Role of Plastic Surgery at an Academic Medical Center in the United States. / Pu, Lee Li-Qun; Mirmanesh, Michael.

In: Annals of Plastic Surgery, 08.03.2017.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{adc8660c57074890b3687791b36250cd,
title = "The Role of Plastic Surgery at an Academic Medical Center in the United States",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: Plastic surgery may have traditionally been labelled as a “less essential” service at many academic medical centers in the United States. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the role of the plastic surgery team as a valuable service at an academic medical center. METHODS: We performed a 10-year retrospective case review of a single plastic surgeonʼs case log at 2 academic medical institutions, each with an active plastic surgery training program. Plastic surgical procedures performed in combination with other services and surgical management of complications from nonplastic surgical procedures was evaluated. Plastic surgical procedures performed for all types of reconstruction as a primary service, including breast reconstruction were excluded. The role of the plastic surgery service was evaluated to identify the types of assistance provided, which primary services were involved and what the most common procedures performed were for each service. RESULTS: The type of assistance provided by the plastic surgery service was divided into 2 common categories. The first type involved a concurrent or combined surgical case where the procedure required plastic surgery’s participation. The second group included management of complications that occurred on another service, which then required assistance by the plastic surgery team. A total of thirteen primary services were identified as benefitting from involvement with plastic surgery. The most commonly performed reconstructive procedures provided for each service were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The plastic surgery team provides invaluable support to other services in a tertiary teaching hospital. Its input allows for more complex surgical procedures to be performed safely and for complications of surgery to be managed successfully. Clearly, plastic surgery plays a critical role at academic medical centers in the United States.",
author = "Pu, {Lee Li-Qun} and Michael Mirmanesh",
year = "2017",
month = "3",
day = "8",
doi = "10.1097/SAP.0000000000001052",
language = "English (US)",
journal = "Annals of Plastic Surgery",
issn = "0148-7043",
publisher = "Lippincott Williams and Wilkins",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The Role of Plastic Surgery at an Academic Medical Center in the United States

AU - Pu, Lee Li-Qun

AU - Mirmanesh, Michael

PY - 2017/3/8

Y1 - 2017/3/8

N2 - BACKGROUND: Plastic surgery may have traditionally been labelled as a “less essential” service at many academic medical centers in the United States. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the role of the plastic surgery team as a valuable service at an academic medical center. METHODS: We performed a 10-year retrospective case review of a single plastic surgeonʼs case log at 2 academic medical institutions, each with an active plastic surgery training program. Plastic surgical procedures performed in combination with other services and surgical management of complications from nonplastic surgical procedures was evaluated. Plastic surgical procedures performed for all types of reconstruction as a primary service, including breast reconstruction were excluded. The role of the plastic surgery service was evaluated to identify the types of assistance provided, which primary services were involved and what the most common procedures performed were for each service. RESULTS: The type of assistance provided by the plastic surgery service was divided into 2 common categories. The first type involved a concurrent or combined surgical case where the procedure required plastic surgery’s participation. The second group included management of complications that occurred on another service, which then required assistance by the plastic surgery team. A total of thirteen primary services were identified as benefitting from involvement with plastic surgery. The most commonly performed reconstructive procedures provided for each service were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The plastic surgery team provides invaluable support to other services in a tertiary teaching hospital. Its input allows for more complex surgical procedures to be performed safely and for complications of surgery to be managed successfully. Clearly, plastic surgery plays a critical role at academic medical centers in the United States.

AB - BACKGROUND: Plastic surgery may have traditionally been labelled as a “less essential” service at many academic medical centers in the United States. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the role of the plastic surgery team as a valuable service at an academic medical center. METHODS: We performed a 10-year retrospective case review of a single plastic surgeonʼs case log at 2 academic medical institutions, each with an active plastic surgery training program. Plastic surgical procedures performed in combination with other services and surgical management of complications from nonplastic surgical procedures was evaluated. Plastic surgical procedures performed for all types of reconstruction as a primary service, including breast reconstruction were excluded. The role of the plastic surgery service was evaluated to identify the types of assistance provided, which primary services were involved and what the most common procedures performed were for each service. RESULTS: The type of assistance provided by the plastic surgery service was divided into 2 common categories. The first type involved a concurrent or combined surgical case where the procedure required plastic surgery’s participation. The second group included management of complications that occurred on another service, which then required assistance by the plastic surgery team. A total of thirteen primary services were identified as benefitting from involvement with plastic surgery. The most commonly performed reconstructive procedures provided for each service were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The plastic surgery team provides invaluable support to other services in a tertiary teaching hospital. Its input allows for more complex surgical procedures to be performed safely and for complications of surgery to be managed successfully. Clearly, plastic surgery plays a critical role at academic medical centers in the United States.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85014665673&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85014665673&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001052

DO - 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001052

M3 - Article

JO - Annals of Plastic Surgery

JF - Annals of Plastic Surgery

SN - 0148-7043

ER -