Richard Simman

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Surgical skin flaps are frequently used in plastic and reconstructive surgery to repair acquired or congenital defects. Necrosis is a common complication associated with these flaps postoperatively as a result of inadequate blood supply. Stem cells are precursor cells with the potential to differentiate into more specialized cells. Angiogenic factors act to(More)
Keloid formation is a wound healing response, which fails to resolve and leads to formation of a raised collagen mass extending beyond the original wound margins. Keloids are typically excluded from palms and soles. Therefore we compared keloid and palmar fibroblasts in vitro using fibroblasts from nonaffected individuals as controls. Collagen I,(More)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a common therapy for acceleration of maxillofacial and spinal fusion bone-graft healing. This study analyzes the therapeutic role of PRP during long-bone fracture healing evaluated Lewis rats. Following creation of unilateral open femur fractures, either 500 microL thrombin-activated PRP (PRP treated group) or 500 microL saline(More)
Human calciphylaxis reflects a form of severe tissue compromise attributable to a unique microangiopathy that combines features of vascular thrombotic occlusion with endoluminal calcification. While most frequently described in patients with renal failure, it is seen in other settings, such as multiple myeloma; polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy,(More)
Collagen, which is produced by fibroblasts, is the most abundant protein in the human body. A natural structural protein, collagen is involved in all 3 phases of the wound-healing cascade. It stimulates cellular migration and contributes to new tissue development. Because of their chemotactic properties on wound fibroblasts, collagen dressings encourage the(More)
Congenital vaginal aplasia, gynecological tumor excision, and male-to-female sex surgery are three clinical conditions in which the plastic surgeon is involved in vaginal reconstruction. Skin-lined or skin-grafted local flaps are currently used, but for many reasons, keratinized skin is not the ideal lining for such a moist cavity because it leads to(More)
Keloids are the result of aberrant wound healing of human skin after dermal injury. Therapeutic options include excision followed by radiation therapy, steroid injection, and compression with silicone sheets among others. Local invasion and recurrence after excision has provoked interest in treating keloids as neoplasms. The purpose of this study was to(More)
Renal impairment has long been known to affect wound healing. However, information on differences in the spectrum of wound healing depending on the type of renal insufficiency is limited. Acute kidney injury (AKI) may be observed with different wound types. On one hand, it follows acute traumatic conditions such as crush injury, burns, and post-surgical(More)
A method of harvesting fat with intact cells using a veterinary needle and a fine needle aspiration device is described. Viable fat cells are obtained in large amounts. A large subcutaneous postradiation thigh defect was reconstructed with harvested fat placed subcutaneously in various sessions. A good, but not perfect, reconstruction was obtained. This(More)
Resurfacing the glabrous skin covering the human plantar and palmar surfaces constitutes a challenge to the plastic surgeon. Ideally, when this skin is lost, it should be replaced by the same type of tissue to provide strength, texture, and color match. This paper describes our experience with 9 palmar and plantar wounds which were successfully resurfaced(More)