By Steve Wulf, ESPN, 9 March 2016
Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr. got third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body in a 2005 IED explosion in Afghanistan. But his love for his wife and son inspired him to survive and recover, and now he will compete in the second Invictus Games.
He's also an ideal patient, according to Dr. Chris Crisera, a plastic surgeon at UCLA Medical who has done 10 of them. "He has this unusually strong spirit," the doctor says. "He's bright, he's funny, he's upbeat. What I do for him is less about aesthetics, and more about function. He came to terms with how he looks a long time ago."
by MacKenzie Wagoner, Vogue.com, 29 April 2016
Blame it on bikini season or the forthcoming gala circuit, but recently, at dinner parties across the country, a topic has been on the tips of tongues: CoolSculpting. Not an entirely new technology, the fat-freezing procedure formally called cryolipolysis was first discovered after, rumor has it, doctors noticed that children who ate a lot of ice pops experienced fat degradation in their cheeks. "Fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin," explains UCLA professor and plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian. "It goes through the cell death process before your skin does."
KCBS, 4 April 2016
KABC-Channel 7 spotlighted Sept. 5 a group of surgeons who formed a rock band called Help the Doctor that plays at local clubs to raise money for kids with facial deformities. The surgeons include Dr. Robert Kang, a clinical instructor of head and neck surgery; Dr. Phuong Nguyen, a former resident of plastic and reconstructive surgery at UCLA; Dr. Solomon Poyourow, a former resident of oral and maxillofacial surgery at UCLA, and Dr. Jason Roostaeian, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
by Brianna Aldrich, UCLA Health Newsroom, 28 January 2016
UCLA research team has found a combination of proteins that could significantly improve clinical bone restoration. The findings may be a big step toward developing effective therapeutic treatments for bone skeletal defects, bone loss and osteoporosis. The study, led by Dr. Kang Ting, professor and chair of the section of orthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry; Dr. Chia Soo, professor of plastic surgery and vice chair for research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and Dr. Aaron James, a fellow in surgical pathology, will appear as the lead article in the February print edition of the American Journal of Pathology.
By Amy Albin, UCLA Health Newsroom, 14 December 2015
Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Alvarez, the formerly conjoined Guatemalan twins who were separated in 2002 at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in a landmark 23-hour surgery that was followed around the world, returned to UCLA today to visit with pediatric patients and the medical staff who cared for them for many months.The surgical team, which included more than 40 health-care professionals, was led by Dr. Jorge Lazareff, who was director of pediatric neurosurgery, and Dr. Henry Kawamoto Jr., who was the surgical director of the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic. The two physicians and anesthesiologist Dr. Barbara Van De Wiele were among the team leaders who welcomed them back today.
By Jessica Swann for Space Daily
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 19, 2015
Growing bone on demand sounds like a space-age concept-a potentially life changing one. Such a capability could benefit those needing bone for reconstructive surgery due to trauma like combat injuries or those waging a battle with osteoporosis. Related research is hardly science fiction, as a study into a key bone-growing protein was recently funded to take place in orbit aboard the International Space Station.
"This research has translational application for astronauts in spaceflight and for patients on Earth who have osteoporosis or other bone-loss problems from disease, illness or trauma," said Dr. Chia Soo, UCLA professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and orthopedic surgery and member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Soo is also research director for UCLA Operation Mend, an organization devoted to providing medical care for wounded warriors.
By Angel Canales, ABC News
By Matthew Fleming, Staff Writer | May 25, 2014
He didn't hear the gunshot until after the bullet knocked him down.
On the ground, face bloodied, Army Sgt. Maj. Colin Rich heard a loud bang, followed by one of his troops telling him he'd been shot.
What started as a routine patrol quickly became a bloody ambush by the Taliban, somewhere near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan in late 2002.
UCLA Medical Center's Operation Mend started in 2007 to provide returning military personnel with cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries for injuries suffered in battle or training.
Rich, 51, now retired in Raeford, N.C., after a 26-year military career that included deployments in Panama, the first Gulf War, three tours in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and back to Afghanistan again, is one of 104 soldiers to have received treatment as part of a program entirely funded through grants and individual donors.
The care costs the patients nothing.
Since 2007, Dr. Jarrahy has spent three-to-four weeks a year helping children in Guatemala, Peru and Brazil. "In these less-developed regions, you have an indigenous population living in poverty with virtually no access to healthcare. It's very pure medicine, what we do. There's no issue of money, no administrative burden," he says.
"Many missions follow the parachute model," Dr. Jarrahy says. "You parachute in. You set up a hospital. You operate on 50 patients, and then you disappear. A baby comes in with a cleft lip. A baby goes out with a lip repair. That child's life is changed, no doubt about it. But what if that baby has a complication? What about the longitudinal care? Who will take care of that child after we leave?"
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By Peggy McInerny, Arturo Diaz and Cynthia - UCLA Today
UCLA plastic and reconstructive surgeon Reza Jarrahy realized that he was missing something when his young Guatemalan patient developed a mysterious infection after undergoing surgery. That puzzled the surgeon, who travels Guatemala twice a year to do pro bono surgery on people from indigenous communities.
"I knew these people were destitute, uneducated and medically unsophisticated, but I didn't appreciate the deeper social context in which they were living and how that influenced surgical outcomes," said Dr. Jarrahy. Continue reading at UCLA Today.
By David Martin, CBS News' National Security Correspondent.
BELTSVILLE, Md - It was ten years ago this month that U.S. combat forces invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein. For many Americans, the war is fading into history. But not for those who fought it, including Marine Cpl. Tony Porta. His story is about tragedy and triumph.
Tony Porta was a 20-year-old Marine running convoys in Iraq in 2007, when his ordeal by fire began.
"I saw my body just burned," he recalled. "I saw my skin melting. It was like a hot candle." Continue reading at CBSnews.com
By: Christine Devine, Fox 11 - KTTV Los Angeles
The wounds of war are shockingly obvious for some military men and women. Despite severe burns, Army Ranger (Ret.) Michael Schlitz is an inspiration on and off the job. We caught up with Schlitz at UCLA Medical Center under a groundbreaking program called Operation Mend.
"Happy Alive Day." That's how some friends greeted Michael Schlitz on Facebook on February 27th. The date marked the six year anniversary of the day he was blown up and survived. The Army Ranger (Ret'd) responded back with a Facebook thumbs up.
By Jayanta Gupta, The Times of India, 25 February 2013
KOLKATA: Renowned surgeon and director of the Department of Cardiofacial Surgery, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Henry K Kawamoto was in Kolkata on Sunday on a mission to spread smiles. He was among a team of 51 doctors and paramedics from countries like the US, UK, Belgium and Philippines present at a cleft lip and palate surgery camp that was inaugurated during the day at the South Eastern Railway's central hospital in Garden Reach. Read the full story online at the Times of India.com.
By Cathy Payne, USA-Today, 24 February 2013
Fewer Americans seem to be frowning on cosmetic plastic surgery.
People may be struggling with gas prices and health care costs, but cosmetic plastic surgery procedures rose 5% from 2011 to 2012, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. Last year, 14.6 million procedures, including minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the U.S., according to the organization's annual statistics. Read the full story online at USA Today.com.
Edna Baradas was nearing the end of her pregnancy when she found a lump. She asked doctors to delay telling her the results of their tests, and it wasn't until shortly after daughter Ella's birth that Edna learned she had breast cancer.
Receiving the news she had cancer so soon after the birth of her child was a shock. "I just remember thinking, 'Oh, what if I'm not around?'" Edna says. Hear her story »
By Mark Muckenfuss, Press-Enterprise Staff Writer, 22 September 2012 - Octavio Sanchez had gotten used to not having a nose.
"I was pretty much happy with the way I looked," said the former Marine staff sergeant, who suffered deforming burns in a roadside bomb blast in Iraq in 2005.
It was the reactions his kids had to endure when he went out in public - stares and finger-pointing that drove his oldest son to tears on one occasion - that made him decide to have the surgery to restore his face. Read the full story online at PE.com »
It's one of the most extreme surgical procedures an individual could possibly undergo: Having his or her entire face, from bone to blood vessels to muscle, reconstructed using the donated face of another person. (Wired.com, June 6, 2012)| Read the article online at Wired.com »
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"The best plastic surgery should be plastic surgery that is subtle. We try to consult patients to be as natural as they can be while still providing some improvement." - Dr. Da Lio
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Katherine's slow, miraculous recovery
By Evelyn Barge, Staff Writer
Katherine elected to undergo facial reanimation surgery in the hopes of regaining some movement and muscular tone on the right side of her face. The second half of the surgery, performed by Dr. J. Brian Boyd, was a cross-facial nerve graft. Surgeons removed a nerve from Katherine's leg to be used as an extension cord, connecting a branch of working nerves on the left side to the paralyzed side. Read article »
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic replace about 80% of her face with skin and muscles harvested from a cadaver. It's the most extensive such operation ever performed and the first in the U.S.
By Karen Kaplan and Shari Roan
A woman being treated at the Cleveland Clinic has an almost entirely new face following the most extensive facial transplant ever performed, the medical center said Tuesday. The surgery was the first face transplant in the U.S. and the fourth in the world. Read article »