Dr. Anil Shah who is a renowned plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty has gained huge exposure for his breakthrough in Rhinoplasty Surgery.
Medical procedures are developing all the time, and now thanks to Dr. Anil Shah, new developments in the plastic surgery world is allowing patients to reduce the time they spend in hospital as well as reducing the pain after a procedure.
The facial plastic surgeon has developed the first ever "nerve block" for rhinoplasty. This innovative technique blocks pain in the majority of patients undergoing rhinoplasty, allowing them to avoid the use of strong pain medications. This is a major advancement in the plastic surgery world and could encourage more people to have plastic surgery and improve their appearance.
I decided to sit down with Dr. Anil Shah and learn more about the new procedure, this is what he had to say.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I specialize in facial plastic surgery. I have been a professor at NYU, UIC, and featured in multiple publications as well as media outlets such as WGN news. My passion is for patients to not only look their best but to be able to function to their best abilities, which I firmly believe is rooted in enhancing their beauty.
How long have you worked in the medical industry?
I've been a physician for over 23 years, and I've been in practice for almost 2 decades.
You have said that you have developed the first ever "nerve block" for rhinoplasty, what does that actually mean, and how will it benefit patients?
A nerve block is when an injection of Anesthesia is placed in specific nerves around the face to prevent them from feeling pain. We know that surgery can be quite painful, therefore, by blocking the nerves we are preventing the release of pain neuro messages. Since our body is not releasing or receiving these messages it will not know that something painful or traumatic to the face has occurred.
Without these pain messages our patients require less pain medications, avoiding harmful narcotics that are addictive and habit forming; the same medications that contribute to the opioid epidemic.
Without your new nerve block, what is the average time a patient who has had plastic surgery can leave hospital and go home?
Typically, it is 1-2 hours, we also found that patients who were in other hospitals would have nausea and vomiting that can cause swelling and affect the final results of your surgery.
So, by using your nerve block technique, how much sooner could a patient return home after plastic surgery?
Patients would leave between 30 minutes to 1 hour sooner on average. More importantly, none had vomiting or nausea symptoms since our patients are avoiding pain medications thanks to our nerve block.
Nerve Block techniques are normally associated with chronic pain, such as shoulder injury, so how does your technique work for patients undergoing cosmetic surgery?
It works the same way; in fact, I learned this technology from my mother. She had wrist surgery, and I was impressed by how fast her healing was and how pain free she felt. I was curious as to why other Dr’s did not use this in other disciplines.
So, you say that your technique allows patients to avoid using strong pain medications, so, lets be clear, what type of painkillers are we talking about, and is it really worth having the nerve block procedure?
Patients are avoiding fentanyl, morphine, and norco; all 3 extremely strong drugs that can have life altering effects even in the smallest of doses.
How did you develop the new technique, and why do you believe it is so important for patients to use it?
I looked at the medical literature and used a nerve block similar to other specialties. My knowledge of facial anatomy allowed me to pinpoint the exact locations for this block to be effective.
If the procedure allows patients to go home much sooner, does this mean that cosmetic surgery could become more affordable due to spending less time in hospital?
Not necessarily, but it does make the overall experience much better for our patients. Patients are not only in less pain but they can also resume their daily lives such as going to work much sooner after the procedure without being in that narcotic fog.
A lot of patients are put off cosmetic surgery due to the pain after the procedure, do you believe this new technique will encourage more people to improve their appearance?
Our goal as surgeons is to make the procedure as accessible as possible for everyone and to allow our patients to have a fast and easy recovery with as little pain as possible. Pain is one of the main concerns when it comes to facial plastic surgery, so having the technology capable of improving that is a game changer.
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