In the more than twenty years that I have been a board certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, I have had the opportunity to help thousands of men and women by performing reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, but it has also always been my firm belief that contributing to the education and training of the next generation of medical professionals is often just as important. That is why I am honored to co-chair the annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium again this year. This three-day symposium, sponsored by The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, draws hundreds of plastic surgeons from around the world to Atlanta, where they will have a chance to share their knowledge, insight, and experiences of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery techniques. This year’s meeting marks the 33rd since it was first established by breast reconstruction pioneer and Atlanta Plastic Surgery co-founder Dr. Carl Hartrampf, under whom I completed my own fellowship. Last year, nearly 500 registrants from 15 different countries came to listen to some of the world’s most renowned authorities on breast surgery, and this year promises to be even larger and more successful.
One of the most innovative and important aspects of the Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium is that it includes live surgical demonstrations that are telecast, in real time, to the hundreds of doctors in attendance. These demonstrations give attendees the opportunity to observe some of the newest and most advanced techniques currently being performed in an environment tailor made for learning and education. This year, I will have the privilege of performing one of those live demonstrations myself, a pre-pectoral DTI Breast Reconstruction using an acellular dermal matrix. This advanced surgical material provides a kind of scaffold upon which the patient’s own cells can repopulate and revascularize the implanted tissue. This is particularly useful in surgical breast procedures involving silicone or saline breast implants, as it encourages the body to naturally incorporate the implants with a significantly reduced risk of post-surgical rejection or complications. I will also be moderating discussions and speaking on subjects ranging from breast augmentation and mastopexy (breast lifts) to oncoplastic breast reconstruction and how it interacts with breast cancer radiation treatment.
The Atlanta Breast Symposium will once again be offered in its entirety via on-line streaming video this year, so that it may be viewed from the convenience of a home or office computer. I am sincerely looking forward to having a chance to share ideas with so many renowned colleagues and to improve the safety and outcomes of breast procedures for women all over the world. If you are interested in a breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or in any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures that I perform, contact my office to schedule a consultation with me, Dr. Jim Namnoum. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for all the latest plastic surgery news and updates.