Dr. Rod Rohrich Explores Evidence Based Innovations and Safety at the 32nd Annual Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium

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Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, an internationally renowned rhinoplasty expert, emphasized the importance of applying evidence based medicine, both in safety of outcomes and rhinoplasty innovations at this year's annual Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium.

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It is an essential part of being responsible and responsive to the needs of our patients by providing them with the best possible treatments and outcomes.

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, who served as Chairman of the 32nd annual Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium and has trained over 6500 surgeons through these meetings over the years, reiterated the importance of evidence based medicine (EBM), that is, the optimization of decision making by utilizing evidence from well conducted research.

"We often hear from rhinoplasty surgeons who describe theoretical approaches to rhinoplasty, and while we are certainly not trying to stifle these discussions, we do want to bring about better adherence to methods that are reproducible and which can reasonably be expected to work for most or all patients in the long term," says Dr. Rohrich, who is Editor-in-Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

For example, at this year's meeting, Dr. Rohrich and colleagues discussed an evidence based approach to better control reshaping the dorsum, tip, and alar rim without using spreader grafts. This method results in more consistent and predictable results for patients based on studies published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, enhancing patient outcomes overall.

"This is especially important in secondary rhinoplasty where support is often missing or non-viable and the second operation must have a high chance for improvement," explains Dr. Rohrich, who performs a large number of secondary or revision rhinoplasty surgeries on patients who have had poor results from their first rhinoplasty.

A more reliable, evidence based approach is a welcome step forward in these difficult secondary cases. Nasal aesthetics are very delicate and subtle and the smallest mistakes can make the patient look strange or uncanny.

"It is an essential part of being responsible and responsive to the needs of our patients by providing them with the best possible treatments and outcomes," says Dr. Rohrich.

About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rohrich graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, and completed 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, the largest organization of board certified plastic surgeons in the world. 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 plastic surgery. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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