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A w female doctor discussing either implant reconstruction or flap reconstruction for a woman who suffered from breast cancer.

Implant Reconstruction vs. Flap Reconstruction: Which Is Better?

By Kelly Ottaviano / March 23, 2021 /

For women who have undergone a mastectomy, professionals recommend breast reconstruction to restore appearance and self-esteem. While a minority of women may prefer to remain flat-chested or use prosthetics, most will opt for a breast reconstruction procedure. There are two primary reconstruction procedures, implant reconstruction, and flap reconstruction. Which is better depends on the circumstances…

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A female nurse talking to a younger patient and her mother for improved patient experience.

The Value of Improved Patient Experience in 2021

By Kelly Ottaviano / March 9, 2021 /

The COVID-19 pandemic created a spotlight on hygiene in the fields of medicine. For US hospitals and healthcare providers, pricing transparency is now compulsory. As we move forward in a socially distant, hygienically-aware “new normal”, single-use devices (SUDs) could play a significant role in your patient experience. Indeed, by using single-use medical devices and explaining…

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Cervical Cancer Encouraging News: At-Home HPV Test Shows Promise for At-Risk Communities

Cervical Cancer Encouraging News: At-Home HPV Test Shows Promise for At-Risk Communities

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 23, 2021 /

For women who lack readily available health care services, the cancer statistics are often deadly. They are why we raise the question: is an at-home HPV test that shows promise for at-risk communities important? The short answer is a resounding yes. For example, studies show that black women exhibit a higher rate of the disease and often…

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Hospital Acquired Infections: Are Your Cancer Patients at Risk?

Hospital-Acquired Infections: Are Your Cancer Patients at Risk?

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 9, 2021 /

Hospital-acquired infections are a growing health risk. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of risk. For cancer patients, this is a particular risk. as patients with cancer have a greater risk of severe COVID-19 a with the death rate increasing from 2.3% to 5.6%. The risk is even higher when cancer involves the lungs.…

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Is Telemedicine Practical for Plastic Surgeons?

Is Telemedicine Practical for Plastic Surgeons?

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 19, 2021 /

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, telemedicine is becoming a major growth industry. While not everything can be handled remotely, the growth in telehealth services is ensuring that virtual appointments can be performed securely and safely. So, is there a practical way plastic surgeons can use telemedicine? While, obviously, surgery can’t be done remotely, there…

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Cervical Cancer Statistics to Share with Your Patients

Cervical Cancer Statistics to Share With Your Patients

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 15, 2020 /

It’s hard to talk about cervical cancer in a lighthearted tone. Or, perhaps it’s more challenging to hear about cervical cancer in a lighthearted manner. There’s a good chance you’ve lost at least one family member to it. Fifty years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of death among American women. Since then, we’ve come a long…

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Reduce Cross-contamination Risk at Hospitals With Single-Use Plastic Devices

Reduce Cross-Contamination Risk at Hospitals With Single-Use Plastic Devices

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 10, 2020 /

Plastics have historically been vital to healthcare, but environmentalists are calling for their removal. They perceive mountains of plastic waste from our hospitals. Environmentalists view single-use devices as wasteful and poor for the environment. The problem is that they are also vital. The healthcare industry does need to take a look at plastic use, but…

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The Importance of Timely Screening for Cervical Cancer

The Importance of Timely Screening for Cervical Cancer

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 14, 2020 /

Cervical cancer kills women. In the US, nearly 4,300 women perish from cervical cancer every year. About 14,000 more will be diagnosed with the disease — and untold thousands live their lives undiagnosed until it’s too late. Globally, cervical cancer is far more prevalent and dangerous in developing nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cervical cancer is the fourth…

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6 Reconstructive Surgery Options to Recommend After Skin Cancer

6 Reconstructive Surgery Options to Recommend After Skin Cancer

By Kelly Ottaviano / September 15, 2020 /

Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, and 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer by the age of 70. Thankfully, skin cancer is highly survivable. However, it often leaves patients with scars and negative changes to their appearance that may require reconstructive surgery.   What Are the Types of Skin Cancer?…

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Elective Surgeries, Single-Use Devices, and COVID.

Elective Surgeries, Single-Use Devices, and COVID-19

By Kelly Ottaviano / August 25, 2020 /

COVID-19 has caused severe disruptions in the healthcare sector, leading to the cancellation of more than 28 million elective surgeries across the world during the first 12 weeks of the peak. Studies done by CovidSurg Collaborative Researchers reveal that each extra week of disruption resulted in 2.4 million more cancellations. The numbers worsen with extended lockdowns.  …

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