NHRMC heals patients inside and out

October 23, 2007
They say true healing happens from the inside out. But at New Hanover Regional Medical Center some of the region’s best, most experienced plastic and oral and maxillofacial surgeons understand the opposite can also be true.

"At NHRMC we're committed to optimizing form and function for all patients," said Thomas Clancy, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services. "Whether elective cosmetic procedures to improve appearance or procedures resulting from birth defects or trauma, helping patients achieve physical, emotional and aesthetic wholeness is very important to us."

For patients seeking a more youthful appearance or boost in self-confidence, NHRMC offers a wide range of aesthetic procedures performed with advanced equipment in modern surgical suites. They include abdominoplasty ("tummy tuck"), mastopexy (breast lift), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction (fat removal), and breast augmentation and reduction.

"As people live and work longer, they want to continue their activities and passions with the same competitive zest," said Ken White, MD, a Wilmington plastic surgeon. "New Hanover Regional has been innovative in offering aesthetic surgery in conjunction with other procedures which are covered by insurance. Examples include abdominoplasty with a hysterectomy and body contouring after gastric bypass surgery."
And while most people don't necessarily think of plastic surgeons when they need hand surgery, NHRMC boasts a well-trained team of plastic surgeons that perform procedures for carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

"Most people don't realize the wide and excellent breadth of services plastic surgeons provide at NHRMC," said Jeffrey Church, MD, a Wilmington plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive, as well as cosmetic, surgery. "By providing the region's best plastic surgery services, we strive to restore patients' good health by returning them to a life of correct form and function."

Other applications of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at NHRMC include women who have undergone full or partial mastectomies due to cancer and face breast reconstruction.

"One of the reconstructive procedures we can perform on women following mastectomy is the TRAM flap reconstruction," said Cyrus Kotwall, MD, Medical Director of NHRMC's oncology program.

Short for "transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous" flap, this procedure uses a woman's own abdominal skin and muscle to construct a new breast.

"Without the expertise of our very well-trained plastic surgeons, these advanced techniques would not be possible," Dr. Kotwall said.

No other place is the impact of the hospital's plastic and reconstructive care more immediately felt, however, than in NHRMC's Emergency Department, a Level II Trauma Center.

Here, the same kind and quality of plastic and reconstructive services afforded patients of elective surgeries are extended to victims of major traumatic injuries including car and boating accidents.

"Traumatic injuries to the head, neck and face can be particularly damaging and require extensive plastic and reconstructive repair," Dr. Clancy said. "Fortunately at NHRMC we have 24/7 access to an expert team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons and plastic surgeons that provide excellent care."

In addition, trauma patients also have access to a team of neurologists, ear, nose & throat physicians and ophthalmologists, Dr. Clancy said.

"These specialized services are right here in our own backyard," said Dr. Clancy. "For us here at NHRMC it's what healthcare excellence is all about."

To find a plastic or oral and maxillofacial surgeon who practices at NHRMC, please visit www.nhrmc.org/findadoctor.