Texas Institute for Surgery Physicians Take Podium at Aesthetic Meeting

Apr 01, 2013, 14:08 ET from Texas Institute for Surgery

DALLAS, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Four surgeons on the medical staff of Texas Institute for Surgery will share their expertise with plastic surgeons at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's (ASAPS) 46th Annual Meeting this month.

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Surgical leaders Drs. C. Spencer Cochran, Jack Gunter, Harlan Pollock and Todd Pollock will present to the world's foremost aesthetic surgeons across April 11-16 in New York City.  The meeting highlights the latest news, technologies, and trends in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.

Nearly 2,000 U.S. and international surgeons will gather for the four-day symposium at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, according to meeting organizers. The forum allows surgeons the chance to connect, improve patient safety, and discuss the practices that define their specialties.

Dallas-based Texas Institute for Surgery (TIS) is home to a number of surgeons with distinguished reputations, according to president David Helfer, FACHE. "The fact that both patients and peers recognize the expertise of our surgeons keeps us mindful of exceeding expectations in surgery, and via contributions to a complex field."

Dr. Cochran will present a two-hour course, "Improving Results in Rhinoplasty."  The course is designed to assess how to decrease revisionary rhinoplasty rates, and to develop a comprehensive plan to address aesthetic and functional nasal deformities.

"Rhinoplasty intrigues me because of its inherent degree of difficulty," Dr. Cochran said. "To be extraordinary, you must develop a keen aesthetic eye, a deep understanding of anatomy, and incredible technical proficiency. You must also commit to it as a specialty because rhinoplasty is a procedure that is challenging to do well if you are not doing it all the time."

Dr. Gunter will be among four Scientific Session panelists presenting "Five Rhinoplasty lom Patients With Five Year Follow Up - Would I Do The Same Operation Again?" Dr. Gunter has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Presidential Citation Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Drs. Harlan and Todd Pollock will present a two-hour course, "Progressive Tension Sutures – No Drain Abdominoplasty."  The progressive tension suture technique was pioneered by the father-son team.  Their study, "Progressive Tension Sutures in Abdominoplasty; A Review of 597 Consecutive Cases," was published in The Aesthetic Journal last fall. The body contouring study is the largest of its kind on tummy-tucks using progressive tension sutures (PTS). The PTS technique eliminates the need for surgical drains, permits early resumption of an upright posture and reduces complications, Dr. Harlan Pollock explained.

The ASAPS is the only national aesthetic society that requires board certification in plastic surgery for membership.

SOURCE Texas Institute for Surgery