SOURCE: The Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery

July 19, 2012 05:13 ET

OSU Plastic Surgeons to Give Skin Cancer Reconstruction Seminar

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2012) - At 6:00 pm, July 24, 2012, The Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery will host a public seminar on skin cancer reconstruction and breast surgery at their Columbus plastic surgery offices. The doctors will share their knowledge and expertise in a comprehensive overview of available treatments and procedures used for the cosmetic surgery, as well as detailed explanations about when patients should consider reconstruction and what they can expect. The department adds that seminars like the upcoming one located at The Eye and Ear Institute play an integral role in helping to achieve their goal of consistently furthering patient education and providing the best level of care possible.

The July skin cancer reconstruction seminar is the latest in an ongoing series of lectures conducted by the plastic surgeons in Columbus at The Ohio State University. Highlighting multiple cosmetic plastic surgery specialties, the OSU doctors say they hope people will use the seminars as an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the field, as well as an avenue to receive answers to specific procedural questions. The department says although skin cancer reconstruction has consistently been proven an effective aesthetic option for individuals having had cancer cells removed, many people continue to remain hesitant when deciding whether or not to proceed with the surgery. Dr. Anne Taylor says the upcoming seminar will provide in-depth information on skin cancer reconstructive surgery, as well as breast surgery, that will hopefully help prospective patients decide if the procedure is right for them.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States; however, it is often curable when detected and treated early. Although potentially life-saving, the removal of cancer cells from the body or face can leave unwanted marks and noticeable scarring. Dr. Zach Barnes says he encounters many patients who are unaware of surgical options designed to restore the skin to a natural look, adding that the seminar is a great place for patients to learn about the different reconstruction options available.

When choosing the right skin cancer reconstruction procedure, the OSU plastic surgeons say a consultation is always necessary. While seminars may provide an important informational overview, they say a private consultation allows surgeons to customize any procedure to fit each patient's specific needs, which ultimately helps them offer the highest level of care. The doctors say they look forward to the opportunity to share their knowledge on July 24, 2012, and they hope many prospective patients attend as they aim to increase medical awareness throughout the community.

About Ohio State University Plastic Surgery

The OSU Department of Plastic Surgery is part of the award-winning Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. Comprised of a highly experienced staff, the department utilizes state-of-the-art technology, and spans a number of specializations including surgical oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, and bariatric surgery among others. The department has also been featured in multiple news stories for its innovative methods and procedures. OSU Plastic Surgery strives to restore wholeness to the community through patient care, education, and research.

The department is located at 915 Olentangy River Rd., Ste. 2100, Columbus, OH 43212, and can be reached via phone at 614-259-7920. The surgeons can also be contacted online at, or their Ohio State Plastic Surgery Facebook page.

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