Feb. 16, 2007 | A plastic surgeon from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently visited his home country of Brazil to share his skills with medical students and colleagues.
Julio Hochberg, M.D., professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine, addressed plastic surgery residents and medical students at the University Hospital of Fortaleza on Dec. 8, 2006. He was invited to serve as visiting professor by Dr. Salustiano Pessoa, chairman of the university’s Department of Plastic Surgery.
Hochberg also presented a lecture to the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, Ceará State Chapter, at the Art Clinic of Plastic Surgery in
The lectures included information on Hochberg’s use of Alloderm, a substance made of donated human skin tissue, in breast reconstruction to replace tissue lost in a mastectomy and to provide additional support for the remaining muscle. UAMS is one of the first facilities to use Alloderm in breast reconstruction procedures. The substance has been widely used for hernias, cosmetic procedures and other reconstructions.
Hochberg uses Alloderm in breast reconstruction to replace tissue lost in a mastectomy and to provide additional support for the remaining muscle. Using Alloderm provides better support for the tissue expanders used in breast reconstruction, he said.
He also shared information on his use of Botox in breast reconstruction. Hochberg was co-author of a 2004 UAMS study that showed injections of Botox, known for removing wrinkles, also could be used for reducing pain and spasms during breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
The study found that women injected with Botox after the surgical removal of their breasts had less pain and shorter hospital stays during reconstruction with tissue expanders. Tissue expanders are temporary implants placed beneath the chest muscle and slowly inflated over several weeks to stretch the tissue in preparation for permanent saline implants.