New York City Fat Grafting Surgeon Reconstructs Canadian Dog Attack Victim

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Dr. Sydney Coleman performs fat grafting procedure on Southern Canadian woman after she suffered from vicious dog attacks in 2007. On April 21, 2009, Dr. Syd Coleman performed the first reconstructive surgery stage in New York City.

In the spring of 2007, Dr. Sydney Coleman in New York City performed fat grafting on Jackie Derdall of Southern Canada - two dogs ferociously attacked her in 2007, sustaining severe injuries to most of her body. Large chunks of skin, muscle, and fat were ripped from her thighs, legs, and shoulders.

In the days immediately after the attacks, local Canadian physicians performed multiple procedures, totaling 15 hours to clean and close the wounds. She was left with scars over her entire body, and missing a great deal of muscle and fat from her outer thighs, right outer calf, right shoulder, and forearm. Since April '07, she had been gradually recovering and had no further procedures until April 21, 2009, when Dr. Syd Coleman performed the first stage of Derdall's reconstructive procedure in New York City. After considering all of the reconstructive surgeries available in Canada, the Canadian health authorities determined that the best method of reconstruction was a special fat transfer procedure, developed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Sydney Coleman in New York City.

Fat transfer, also known as "fat grafting," is a procedure that entails fat removal from one area of the patient's body via liposuction and then an injection to another region that requires more volume and fullness. Commonly, fat is taken from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and used to fill facial lines and wrinkles (i.e., "structural fat grafting, "micro fat grafting," "autologous fat transfer"). In the case of Derdall, her thighs, legs, and shoulders were the areas that were in dire need of volume.

The first stage of Derdall's fat transfer procedure initiated the replacement of massive tissue volume missing from her most injured areas. The six-hour procedure largely focused on decreasing her pain by covering the nerves, tendons, and muscles, which were missing their natural soft tissue cushioning; the pain Derdall suffered from the fat grafting process typically accompanies extreme soft tissue loss. During that process, Dr. Sydney Coleman was also able to release her internal scars. Additional subcutaneous tissue will be restored during the next procedure for a more complete reconstruction. The following stage is scheduled to be performed in about four to six months.

Although Dr. Syd Coleman has been using fat grafts to treat scars for more than15 years, his observations have sparked a great deal of interest in scientific communities over the last three years, particularly regarding the beneficial effect of the fat transfer procedure on injuries and scars; fat grafts may help remodel both deep and superficial scars. Researchers are now looking more closely into the stem cell content of fat grafts, and plastic surgery centers worldwide are beginning to develop uses for fat grafts in the treatment of old and even fresh scars. Dr. Sydney Coleman published a journal article on this subject in 2006 on the effect of fat grafting on scars.

Problems in the leg and thigh are discussed extensively in Dr. Syd Coleman's new book, Fat Injection: From Filling to Regeneration. Please call (212) 571-5200 to schedule an interview.


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