Algorithms in plastic surgery—expansive or restrictive?

Algorithms in plastic surgery—expansive or restrictive? Eur J Plast Surg (2014) 37:515–516 DOI 10.1007/s00238-014-0973-1 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Shehab Jabir Received: 28 April 2014 /Accepted: 24 May 2014 /Published online: 7 June 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 Sir, The utility of an algorithm or its lack thereof is dependent Plastic surgery has always been a speciality which has thrived upon the algorithm itself and the extent of “prescriptive” on innovations in reconstruction following the application of terminology/dimensions employed within it by its inceptors. independent thinking by the reconstructive surgeon. A defect The more prescriptive the suggestions within an algorithm, the may be reconstructed via selection, from an armamentarium, greater the curtailment in reconstructive freedom therein. Algorithms that focus on providing general principles of of one of a wide variety of available methods, or the surgeon may in fact develop his own unique method to reconstruct the reconstruction of tissue deficits sustained in various ways particular defect in question. This method of reconstruction (for example, cancer extirpation or traumatic tissue loss) in may be a completely new technique, dependent on the skill different anatomical locations appear to provide more freedom and mastery of the surgeon involved, which had not been in terms of the choice of European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Algorithms in plastic surgery—expansive or restrictive?

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