🤯 What was trending in Plastic Surgery this week?

Apr 18, 2021 7 min read
🤯 What was trending in Plastic Surgery this week?

Every week, thePlasticsPaper has one goal - to be better than the previous week. P'Fella fine-tunes certain aspects, polishes other aspects, and is always looking to add. The purpose is to provide you with curated Plastic Surgery content direct to your inbox, weekly.

This Week in Plastic Surgery

  1. A Note from P'Fella
  2. Most studied topics on TPF
  3. What did journals publish this week?
  4. What was P'Fella Listening to?
  5. What's happening next week


A Note from P'Fella

"Open-source" is a phrase P'Fella stole from the tech-world. Let's make it normal vocabulary in the education world.  

It is a term that originally referred to open source software. Open source software is code that is designed to be publicly accessible—anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as they see fit. It is developed in a decentralized and collaborative way, relying on community production. Open source software is often cheaper, more flexible, and has more longevity than its proprietary peers because it is developed by communities rather than a single author or company. This is the future of Plastic Surgery.

Open source has become a movement and a way of working that reaches beyond the "for-profit" educational companies. The open source movement uses the values and decentralized production model to find new ways to solve problems in their communities and industries. thePlasticsFella is not the central component, it is just one of many components working towards a common goal - free, independent, evidence-based education.

In the future, thePlasticsFella will hopefully be an incredible community of open source contributors from all over the world who graciously volunteer their time and their knowledge. Without open source, there will be always be pay-wall and sign-ups required to access even the most basic Plastic Surgery knowledge.


Lots of Geeks this Week!

It was a busy week on thePlasticsFella.com. The analytics show the data - and numbers don't lie! A total of 1,100 people studied on the platform this week.  

A new addition to the library was bilobed flaps, and this was a big hit! See the breakdown for study patterns below. The top 4 are burns, cervical lymph nodes, bilobed flaps, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Breakdown of Study Patterns of 4 Popular Articles

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New Publications in Plastic Surgery

P'Fella couldn't create an evidence-based platform if he didn't read journals. These are 3 articles you might have missed this week!

3 articles this Week

To Replant or Not to Replant?

  • Low‐quality evidence (12 retrospective cohort studies).  
  • Thumb replant has superior PROs than revision amputation.
  • Single non‐thumb digits also has superior PROs, but likely not clinically important.  
Comparing digital replantation versus revision amputation patient reported outcomes for traumatic digital amputations of the hand: A systematic review and meta‐analysis
PurposeAdults with traumatic digital amputation (TDA) of the hand may be managed with replantation or revision amputation. To date, there is no systematic review evaluating patient reported outcome...

Get the patient out of the hospital quicker?

  • A review of 16 publications (majority breast)
  • ERAS reduces length of stay without increasing complications.
  • Each department should adapt ERAS to their own needs.
Enhanced Recovery Pathways for Flap-Based Reconstruction: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Background Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways are known to improve patient outcomes after surgery. In recent years, there have been growing interest in ERAS for reconstructive surgery. Objectives To systematically review and summarise literature on the key components and outcomes of ERA…

Our Patient's Don't Know Enough?

  • Assessment of public awareness for Bi-ALCL
  • 91% had never heard the term BIA-ALCL
  • Of those aware, 37% concerned about BIA-ALCL & 85% less likely to recommend implants.
A National Survey to Assess the Population’s Perception of... : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
LCL) and breast implant illness (BII). Methods: An anonymous survey was completed by a total of 979 female participants in the United States by means of Amazon Mechanical Turk. Results: Over 91 percent of participants indicated that they had never heard the term BIA-ALCL. Of the respondents wh…


Best Podcasts This Week

P'Fella loves a good podcast. The Peleton is a great spot to deep dive in some audio learning. Here are 3 podcasts you should really listen to when you get a chance

The Upper Hand Podcast

This is a great podcast duo - the two boys dropping value bombs in a light-hearted manner. Really enjoyed this episode, learnt a lot!

Pediatric Phalanx Fractures - The Upper Hand: Chuck & Chris Talk Hand Surgery
Episode 14, Season 2. Chuck and Chris talk about Goldman Sachs work schedule, Chris’ recent accomplishment, NCAA basketball and, oh right, pediatric phalanx fractures including extra octave fractures, subcondylar fractures, and Seymour fractures ...

The Loupe Podcast

This team of Plastic Surgery residents in USA produces some high quality episodes relevent to plastic surgery training. This is a personal fave I listened to this week...

RTR Motherhood in Plastic Surgery - The Loupe Podcast
This episode will continue Season 2, Round Table Review! Here we discuss all the challenges of being a surgeon mother- Childcare, financial burden, operating while pregnant, maternity leave logistics, long distance parenting as a trainee... the li...

PRS - Gender Affirming Surgery

This is a pretty important and topical podcast by PRS. It's quite educational and enlightening listening to the process. It's something we may not all see in clinical practice, but definitely something to be aware of!

PRS Global Open Keynotes Episodes : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open

Quick Cuts

Of course QuickCuts makes the list! Another great episode this week on Liposuction. This is the audio companion to the content. It's produced by Jake Marks, and he does a fantastic job at concise educational evidence-based content.


Upcoming Events

The digital education space is 🔥 Each week, there is so much happening it can often be overwhelming. Here are some must-attends:

PLASTA Webinar - Oculoplastics for the FRCS(Plast)

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Oculoplastics for the FRCS(Plast). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Oculoplastics for the FRCS(Plast). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Plastic Surgery On-Call Survival Course

Plastic Surgery On-call Survival Course — Academy of Surgical Education
The Plastic Surgery On-call Survival Course curriculum has been developed and will be delivered by plastic surgery registrars. Please note that this course will be held virtually this year. Who? This course is aimed at junior doctors who want to improve their understanding and ability to manage

BAPRAS Online Course

AEC 4.6 Breast Aesthetic and Oncoplastic Reconstructive surgery and Lymphoedema | BAPRAS

Complications of Facial Aesthetic Surgery: How to prevent them and how to treat them

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Complications of Facial Aesthetic Surgery: How to prevent them and how to treat them. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
Dr Luis Vasconez, Birmingham, AB

FESSH Online Workshops

The sessions will consist of lively and informative panel discussions of interesting and controversial cases

The FESSH Online Workshops 2021 :: Welcome

P'Fella also has a few things lined up as well. There is a nice schedule that's becoming more and more concrete each week. This includes (but not limited to!), a journal club review, a rapid fire topic such a bilobed flaps, and a deep-dive such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Stay tuned!

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