SDPA Fall | Live Blog | Surgical Anatomy
Approximately 100 attendees showed up bright and early for the SDPA 14th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference Pre-conference Program that began today (Wednesday, November 2, 2016). The pre-conference program kicked off with an engaging presentation by Dr. David Carr, Director of Dermatology Surgery at Ohio State University. Dr. Carr reviewed surgical anatomy as it is relevant to cutaneous surgery, high risk zones and regional blocks. While covering the cosmetic units of the facial anatomy, Dr. Carr related the importance of “hiding scars in the cosmetic junctions” as not only essential in Mohs surgery but even in the more minor procedures such as punch biopsies that we tend to perform in our everyday practice. Dr. Carr reviewed of the orbital region giving us the tip “always close horizontally on the eyelid” as well as the “snap test” when performing procedures around the eyes to check for eyelid integrity. Dr. Carr also reviewed the significant nerves, veins and arteries, and natural skin tension lines to consider when performing excisions and other procedures on the face in our offices. “Always put the patient in the normal anatomical position” for if you have a patient lying on a table the skin tension lines become difficult to discover. Finally, Dr. Carr relayed tips for nerve blocks for facial anatomy, hands and feet.
Byline: Sarah Patton, PA-C, MSHS
Posted: November 2, 2016