This Month’s Surgery Spotlight Now Available on PSEN

In our June Surgery Spotlight, Tae Chong, MD, performs an abdominal-based unilateral breast reconstruction on a patient with recurrent breast cancer. Dr. Chong describes the importance of preoperative perforator identification using Doppler imaging and outlines the key strategies for surgical dissection and selection of the best perforator to sustain the flap. An additional venous anastomosis was performed to improve venous outflow for the flap.

Past Surgery Spotlight programs remain freely available to view on PSEN. Hard copies of these programs can also be purchased from the PSEN DVD Library
Filmed and produced by the Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN), Surgery Spotlights feature peer-reviewed, high-definition surgical video. It offers an excellent opportunity to study each step and technique as performed by the top names in the specialty.

A Possible Ban on Powdered Gloves by the FDA

A Message From…
Raman Mahabir, MDRMahabir
PSEN Co-Editor

On March 21st, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States.  The ban would apply to powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove.  The FDA believes that the gloves pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.

The proposed rule is available online at for public comment for 90 days.

Please see the FDA announcement letter for further details and additional resources.