Plastic surgery is an ever-changing field, and practitioners are continually challenged to keep up with the latest research, technologies and treatments. Doctors from across the country have converged on Seattle to stay on the cutting edge.
Plastic surgery is an ever-changing field, with dozens of new treatments and technologies hitting the market each year. Doctors are challenged to stay continually abreast of clinical trials, research studies, and product launches, while at the same time marketing their practice, consulting with patients, and spending countless hours in the OR. Not surprisingly, the pressure to stay competitive – particularly in a down economy – can be daunting.
“If you’re not keeping up with what is on the cutting edge, then you’re falling behind,” noted Dr. Al Aly during a break between sessions at Plastic Surgery 2009, this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), currently underway in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Aly, a world authority in the field of body contouring, was presenting at the conference on body contouring and reconstructive considerations after bariatric surgery, as well as techniques to achieve optimal outcomes in buttock augmentation.
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“Meetings like this keep you up and stimulate your mind to keep advancing and hopefully do better and better for your patients,” he said.
The five-day conference provides board certified plastic surgeons a venue to explore best practices in plastic surgery, from surgical techniques to methods for improving patient safety to social networking strategies. They can also attend instructional courses on topics ranging from nipple reconstruction to hand fractures, as well as pragmatic subjects, such as strategies for preventing malpractice claims through effective patient communication.
“The best thing about these conferences is you get to go and see what other people are doing. You add to your practice, or you also decide there are things you’re not going to do,” said Dr. Wesley Wilson, who has a thriving practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. He added, “Anything that helps you take better care of patientshelps every plastic surgeon be a better plastic surgeon.”
Professor James Frame, a plastic surgeon practicing in the UK, has been coming to the annual ASPS conference for ten years, because of the opportunities it affords to discover new developments in the industry.
“I’ve traveled to quite a few countries in the world to the national societies, and this is by far the best,” said Dr. Frame.
The conference wraps up on Tuesday, October 27, with an address by the Honorable William H. Frist, MD, on the Future of Healthcare in America. Next year’s meeting — predictably dubbed Plastic Surgery 2010 — is scheduled for October 1 – 6, 2010, in Toronto, Canada.