Melinda J Haws

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Previous work has shown improved wound healing after the administration of systemic vitamin A in patients on chronic steroids. In contrast there have been mixed reports on the effect of topical vitamin A on wound healing in steroid-treated patients. Previous laboratory work has suggested that the topical application of vitamin A may be beneficial to wound(More)
Intramuscular ketorolac is a commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAI) agent for analgesia in surgical patients. Increasing numbers of surgical patients are chronically taking some form of an NSAI drug. We examined the effects of "chronic" intramuscular ketorolac on the healing of a closed linear surgical wound in the rat. Wistar rats were(More)
Reports of subluxation of the medial head of the triceps tendon over the medial epicondyle are rare. This may be associated with symptomatic ulnar nerve compression at the elbow. We report a case of bilateral snapping triceps tendon after bilateral ulnar nerve release at the elbow with anterior submuscular transposition. Careful inspection of the triceps(More)
Information in the literature regarding the postoperative management of digital nerve lacerations is vague, and postoperative immobilization for up to 3 weeks is frequently recommended. In order to define more precisely what, if any, postoperative restrictions are necessary, a fresh cadaver model was designed for digital nerve division, resection, repair,(More)
Frostbite injury causes damage by direct ice crystal formation at the cellular level with cellular dehydration and microvascular occlusion. Acute treatment is well defined with rapid tissue rewarming. Definitive surgical therapy is usually delayed until a clear level of demarcation is seen. Technium (Tc)-99 bone scanning has become the standard imaging(More)
Prefabrication of a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap was performed in adult male Landrace pigs. Gelfoam sponges were used as a delivery system for basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) at the muscle-subcutaneous tissue interface. Skin survival and angiogenesis were augmented in the growth-factor-treated animals. These data support the use of basic(More)
A wide variety of tumors can afflict the hand. Nonmelanoma skin tumors are common and usually benign. The most common malignant tumor of the hand is a SCC. Whether benign or malignant, these need neoplasms and are often initially symptomatic, presenting as an area of discoloration or excoriation. The tumor mass may become disfiguring or impair function. It(More)
Spontaneous perforation of the esophagus is an uncommon and catastrophic event accompanied by extremely high morbidity and mortality. In a burn patient, diagnosis may be delayed because of painful burns that may mask the underlying problem. Diagnosis is dependent on a high index of suspicion and by inclusion of this entity in the differential diagnosis of(More)
BACKGROUND Rupture of silicone gel breast implants is a rare occurrence but remains one of the key surgical concerns. The objective of this article was to provide visibility and information on trends for the impact that patient and surgical characteristics play in the occurrence of rupture. OBJECTIVES Examine trends in surgical techniques to better(More)
BACKGROUND The Sientra portfolio of silicone gel breast implants was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on March 9, 2012, and included the first approved shaped implants in the United States. The 5-year results from Sientra's Core Gel and Continued Access Study and the results of a single surgeon are presented. METHODS This analysis used the(More)