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Plastic Surgery Research

DHMC's Plastic Surgery Department has been actively involved in three studies in the last year.

  • First, they have recently completed recruitment for a study on carpal tunnel syndrome. The main goal of the study was to assess the value of MRI of the median nerve in the carpal canal in predicting which symptomatic patients would benefit from early surgery as compared to an intense course of hand therapy.
  • Second, they are actively recruiting patients to participate in a study of a new adhesive device for closing linear wounds and comparing this to standard suturing techniques. The main outcome measures are intraoperative time for closure of a wound, patient comfort with the device, and scar appearance at six months postoperatively.
  • Third, they are studying patients' satisfaction with their experience in shared medical appointments for consultations on common hand problems and breast hypertrophy.