Michael M. Van Vliet

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of five standardized procedures for breast reconstruction to delineate the best reconstructive approach in postmastectomy patients in the settings of nonirradiated and irradiated chest walls. METHODS A decision tree was used to model five breast reconstruction procedures from the(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous split-thickness skin grafting has been proven to provide the best cosmetic and functional outcome after cutaneous burn injuries and thus is the standard of care. Clinical observations have shown that female burn patients frequently have greater difficulty choosing a donor site than do male burn patients. However, there is a lack of(More)
The standard treatment of partial-thickness burns includes topical silver products such as silver sulfadiazine (SSD) cream and enclosed dressings including silver-impregnated foam (Mepilex Ag; Molnlycke Health Care, Gothenburg, Sweden) and silver-laden sheets (Aquacel Ag; ConvaTec, Skillman, NJ). The current state of health care is limited by resources,(More)
BACKGROUND The authors assessed the diagnostic potential of commonly used patient-reported measures, namely, the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (function and symptom severity), QuickDASH (a shortened version of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire), and the Short Form-8. METHODS Measure scores were extracted retrospectively(More)
There are numerous treatments for cellulite including topical, surgical, laser and other therapies. Many of these treatments are expensive. Part of the difficulty in treating cellulite arises from our incomplete understanding of this phenomenon. As noted previously in this journal, there is no consensus as to the etiology of cellulite. This article will(More)
A 54-year-old man with multiple comorbidities including wheelchair use secondary to a left below knee amputation, underwent a 2-vessel coronary artery bypass graft surgery and subsequently developed a noninfected sternal nonunion (Fig 1). Subsequent sternal reconstruction was necessary and entailed an innovative approach given the patient’s need for(More)
BACKGROUND Laser-assisted indocyanine green angiography is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved technology used to assess tissue viability and perfusion. Its use in plastic and reconstructive surgery to assess flap perfusion in autologous breast reconstruction is relatively new. There have been no previous studies evaluating the cost-effectiveness(More)
There are various treatment modalities for acne vulgaris including topical and oral therapy as well as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Recently, there has been an emergence of novel laser and light sources as a means for treating acne vulgaris. This article will review the advances of laser and light sources in the treatment of acne vulgaris.