A plea for reconstructive plastic surgery in the routine care of sarcoma patients

The authors from the Mayo Clinic demonstrate the advantage of early intervention by plastic surgeons in the care of patients with sarcoma. A retrospective case study review looks at the wound complication rate of surgery for those patients who have...

Lymphatic microsurgery to treat lymphoedema

The authors discuss the role of surgery to manage primary and secondary lymphoedema in patients whose lymphoedema has not been controlled by standard conservative measures and whose symptoms are worsening. There is a brief discussion of the relevant investigations and...

Classification of contour deformities after massive weight loss, using the Pittsburgh Rating Scale

While the treatment of patients by skin reduction following massive weight loss is increasing, the conclusions of this study from the Netherlands finds that the Pittsburgh Rating Scale is not entirely suitable for this classification purpose and another system must...

A review of treatment options for acute flexor tendon injuries in zone one

This review reports the techniques that have been and are still used to repair acute injuries in this difficult area. The review does not end with a ‘best buy’ in the tradition of a consumer magazine, concluding that there is...

The Accordion Severity Grading System in the assessment of negative outcomes following carpal tunnel release

Classification systems come and go, some more memorable than others. Without such systems it is not possible to compare like with like and so it must be conceded that they are necessary, although I personally find them difficult to commit...

Male pattern baldness is not all in the genes

Gentlemen, be advised (if it’s not already too late) that you may be able to influence your chances of going bald. The authors of this study compared the patterns of baldness in 92 pairs of identical twins and correlated these...