Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 03, 2013
Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, marked his 25th year as a rhinoplasty surgeon with a special lecture given at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in New Orleans. The lecture, held by the Rhinoplasty Society, included a wealth of information for plastic surgeons interested in performing rhinoplasty surgery including details on specific techniques, overview of special situations and cases, best practices, and the evolution of rhinoplasty surgery in the last quarter of a century.
Dr. Rohrich also reviewed some of the most significant advances in rhinoplasty surgery over those 25 years. While there have been numerous new approaches, concepts and advances, only a few should be included into rhinoplasty fundamentals, he says.
One of the most significant of these, for Dr. Rohrich, is use of the open approach to rhinoplasty. With the open approach, surgeons make a small incision in the columella allowing direct access to the delicate nasal structures and giving crucial visual feedback during surgery. These advantages open up a wide variety of surgical options allowing for more precise surgical control and greater influence of the results.
For rhinoplasty, where a millimeter can be the difference between success and failure, the open approach has proven to be revolutionary. "The open approach simply gives more consistent, predictable results leading to better outcomes," explains Dr. Rohrich.
As Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rohrich has trained more than 200 plastic surgeons over the years. He has lectured and taught over 500 plastic surgeons globally on rhinoplasty at the international Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium, coming up on its 30 year. From these initiatives, Dr. Rohrich has developed a distinctive method of how to teach plastic surgery and has unique insight on what it takes to be a true rhinoplasty specialist.
In his lecture, Dr. Rohrich explains that a plastic surgeon requires about 10,000 hours of training, study, and experience before he or she can really begin to enter the realm of expert. "Reaching that level is especially important for rhinoplasty surgery, as it remains one of the most difficult procedures in all of plastic surgery," says Dr. Rohrich.
The lecture also covers the issue of revision rates, that is the percentage of primary rhinoplasty which require correction. It's an important topic for Dr. Rohrich as more than half of all of his rhinoplasty patients come to see him for secondary or revision rhinoplasty to correct poor outcomes from their first nasal surgery done elsewhere.
"Patients should be comfortable in asking their plastic surgeon to share their revision rates," says Dr. Rohrich, who has a revision rate of 3.5%, which is considered very low. Rhinoplasty revision rates for many plastic surgeons in their first few years can be as high as 50 %.
Another important topic covered in this talk was that of the patient's and the surgeon's aesthetic sense. It's vital that both the surgeon and the patient should be on the same page. The use of imaging is an important tool towards this goal because it helps the surgeon to visually communicate what is surgically possible to ensure it meets the patient's expectations. "If there is not mutual understanding and agreement between the doctor and the patient, the surgery should not go forward," warns Dr. Rohrich.
About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and currently serves as president of the Rhinoplasty Society. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in his field. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a native of North Dakota and is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Texas with their two children.