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In and out of love with surgery

Growing up with books shaped me into a hopeless romantic believing in heroes, magic and achieving the impossible. Throughout the years as I sat patiently waiting on my letter from Hogwarts I instead received my acceptance letter to medical school....

Transnasal endoscopic choanal atresia surgery

Surgery is currently the only definitive treatment for congenital choanal atresia (CCA). There are various surgical approaches including transnasal, transeptal or transpalatal. The authors propose that the preferred option is transnasal endoscopic choanal atresia surgery (TECAS) and set out to...

How I Do It - Reduction ­thyroplasty

Introduction Male to female transgender patients often undergo reduction thyroplasty – a procedure to reduce the external appearance of the thyroid cartilage of the larynx, and feminisation of the voice. Reduction thyroplasty, often erroneously called ‘tracheal shave’, is one of...

Raising the bar for safer cosmetic surgery in the UK – part 1

In part one of a two-series article Professor James Frame, from the Anglia Ruskin University, gives us his opinion on what needs to be done to improve cosmetic surgery and patient safety in the UK. Cosmetic surgery is most easily...

The medial gastrocnemius flap

This classic muscle flap is now being used with increasing frequency following revision knee joint surgery. Following the Nahai and Mathes classification, the gastrocnemius muscle is a Type I muscle with a single dominant vascular pedicle (Figure 1). The gastrocnemius...

Medico-legal forum (VASEP liposuction)

The PMFA Journal and Hamilton Fraser Cosmetic Insurance have teamed up to provide a series of articles that will give examples of claims that occur from different procedures. The case in question The patient underwent VASER to the abdomen and...

Canniesburn: 50 years at the forefront of plastic surgery

Past and present colleagues and friends recently celebrated 50 years of the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, with scientific meetings held at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. Friendships were renewed and memories of being part of the...

How I Do It - Vaginal rejuvenation - Er:YAG laser therapy

I began doing research in 2010 on vaginal laser tissue induction to achieve vaginal tightening and sexual enhancement. I started noticing an improvement of continence in patients who were leaking. I was very excited about the results and more than...

Evolution of skin grafting for treatment of burns

This is an interesting review looking at the history of the use of skin grafts and the evolution of grafting, including a paragraph on future concepts. The review is broken down into chronological sections describing different skin grafting techniques that...

Utility and outcomes of hydroxocobalamin use in smoke inhalation patients

The authors propose to investigate the usefulness of the routine administration of hydroxocobalamin in burns patients who are suspected to have an inhalational component to their injury. Mention is made of the important fact that no previous published literature has...

Could a left-sided facial perceptual bias affect satisfaction with oculoplastic procedures?

This article has been verified for CPD. Click the button below to answer a few short questions and download a form to be included in your CPD folder. Facial symmetry is usually a priority for both patient and clinician when...

A message from the editors of The PMFA Journal

Over the last few weeks we have all been learning new vocabulary: “self-isolation, social distancing, flattening the curve” are some that we will all have to come to terms with and as a society everyone will have to actively take...