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Must-read articles chosen by the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: April 2018


The Use of Poly-4-Hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) Scaffold in the Ptotic Breast: A Multicenter Clinical Study

William P Adams, Jr, MD; Richard Baxter, MD; Caroline Glicksman, MD; Bruce A Mast, MD; Michael Tantillo, MD

Aesthetic Surgery Journal: Volume 38, Issue 5, 6 April 2018, Pages 502–518.

A follow up to a 2016 paper, this is a multicenter, single-armed study of 62 patients who underwent primary mastopexy or breast reduction with P4HB (Galaflex) reinforcement.  At one year follow up there was a high rate of patient and physician satisfaction and a 8% incidence of minor complications.



The Effect of Radiation on Quality of Life throughout the Breast Reconstruction Process: A Prospective, Longitudinal Pilot Study of 200 Patients with Long-Term Follow-Up

Devulapalli, Chris M.D.; Bello, Ricardo J. M.D., M.P.H.; Moin, Emily B.S.; Alsobrooks, James B.A.; Fallas, Pablo Baltodano M.D.; Ohkuma, Rika M.D.; Manahan, Michele A. M.D.; Sacks, Justin M. M.D., M.B.A.; Cooney, Carisa M. M.P.H.; Rosson, Gedge D. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: March 2018 - Volume 141 - Issue 3 - p 579–589.

A longitudinal study of 200 breast reconstruction patients used a variety of validated patient-reported outcome measurements to track patient quality of life.  In the 51 patients who received radiation therapy, a marked degradation of scores was observed, especially in patients undergoing non-autologous reconstruction.


Endoscopic versus Open In Situ Cubital Tunnel Release: A Systematic Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis of 655 Patients

Buchanan, Patrick J. M.D.; Chieng, Lee O. B.S.; Hubbard, Zachary S. B.S.; Law, Tsun Y. M.D.; Chim, Harvey M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: March 2018 - Volume 141 - Issue 3 - p 679–684

A meta-analysis of five studies involving 655 patients revealed no significant superiority of endoscopic over open release in achieving an “excellent” or “good” Bishop score or reduction in visual analogue scale score.  However a lower incidence of tender scar was seen in the endoscopic group.


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