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Date:1/5/2009

ants, on anesthesia and surgery. After identifying a number of harmful, intraoperative risks, ranging from increased bleeding to fatal interactions, the authors established recommendations for the management of these medications before elective surgery. The authors suggest that patients using those antidepressants and herbs noted in the study consult with the prescribing physician about discontinuing use for up to two weeks prior to surgery. This study appears in the January 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

By The Numbers:

- According to ASPS statistics, 11.8 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the US in 2007.

- In 2005, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimated that $118 million of the $2.4 billion spent of prescription medications was on antidepressants.

- In 2000, it was identified that 32% of the ambulatory surgery population used herbal medications, according to the NCHS.

Preventing and Managing 'Dry Eye'

New research evaluates the development of dry eye syndrome and outlines the proper steps for the detection, prevention and management of the affliction. During the study, researchers from Texas and Florida conducted a chart review of 202 patients who underwent upper and lower eyelid surgery, and collected data that identified the risk factors associated with dry eye symptoms. While such symptoms are temporarily common in most eyelid surgery patients, they are expected to last for only a few days. However, 10% of patients in the study group experienced dry eyes for 2 weeks or longer. Researchers identified the use of contact lenses, premenopausal state, and history of laser-assisted vision correction among the risk factors for persistent dry eye symptoms. They suggest that proper understanding of anatomy, preoperative recognition of risk factors, intraoperative maneuvers
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