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In this Edition
- A Note from P'Fella on Earth Day
- How many new users in the last 30 days?
- Botox for Finger Replants?
- Upcoming Events
A Note from P'Fella
Did you know, last Thursday was Earth Day?
As Plastic surgeons, it's not really in our radar. That is, the impact our job can have on the environment. Overall, our understanding is limited.
There are some articles on the environmental impact of plastic surgery, but only a few. The theme of the literature appears to focus on 3 areas - here are the take-away points:
1. Carbon Neutrality
To achieve carbon neutrality, each year the following amount of woodlands are needed to sequester:
- 10m-squared for rhinoplasty
- 10m-squared for augmentation
- 14m-squared for abdominoplasty
2. Practical Tips
4 steps to reduce your footprint
- Don't mix “safe" & “soiled” waste (burns 20% more energy)
- 3-min scrub uses ~20L water
- Avoid single-use instrument
- Educate costs to reduce waste
3. Overall Awareness
Slowly over time, awareness increased. But it's been slow. 12 years ago, @TheGardianNews asked: Can cosmetic surgery be green?
The answer is still no.
What are your thoughts on plastic surgery and the environment? We asked this on Twitter. The results were promising.
Has TPF grown in the last 30 days?
Absolutely. Thanks to you.
It's been 30 days since the launch of thePlasticsFella 3.0. Time flies right??
Here are some cool stats from the last 30 days:
- 6604 mins of teaching
- 4520 active users
- 630 thePlasticsPaper readers
- 91 countries
- 8 new author requests
thePlasticsFella.com is obviosuly still a small platform, compared to the goliaths of Radiopedia and Orthobullets. But P'Fella is always amazed by the support and incredbiyl excited for next 30 days.
Thank you to everyone supporting the platform.
If you wondering where all this new traffic comes from, here is a breakdown of top sources.
Probably the only interesting aspect to this is, people use Bing?!?!
This type of "Big Data" allows analysis of online learning habits to improve your experience (& maybe a future big research paper). But privacy is so important.
Botox for Replants?
This article caught P'Fella by surprise. But it is a pretty interesting read. The authors suggest that injections of botox into an ischaemic hand increases the salvage rate. Admittedly, the numbers are quite small (5 patients in one cohort, 6 in the other) - but still it's relatively novel and one which should be researched further.
Here is a link to the article:
But with anything new, it's important to do your due diligence. That's why this letter to the editor in response to the article is a great read.
The idea is novel and could mean next day operating instead of operating at 2am. But, perhaps high quality of evidence is required first before mainstream adoption. Watch this space!
Measuring and Selecting the Optimal Implant in Breast Reconstruction
Mr Ben Chew (Consultant Plastic Surgeon) from the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit discusses his extensive experience in Implant Based Breast Reconstruction
Apr 26, 2021 08:00 PM
Advances in Replantation: Revisiting Conventional Wisdom
Stoke Mandeville Plastic Surgery Webinar Series
Speaker: Baubak Safa, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgeon, Buncke Clinic
Apr 27, 2021 08:00 PM
Facial palsy with Temporalis Myoplasty.
Friday 9:45 pm BST.