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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Considering a Tummy Tuck?

While it’s great for your health, a dramatic weight loss can bring about many unwanted cosmetic changes to your body.

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure designed to tighten the stomach muscles and reduce excess fat and skin around the midsection. The goal of the surgery is to make the abdomen flatter and smoother and to improve its overall appearance.

Types of Abdominoplasty

There are several types of abdominoplasty procedures, which can be divided into two main groups:
  1. Complete abdominoplasty: A complete abdominoplasty involves the tightening of the muscles and a more complete re-contouring of the soft tissue of the abdomen. It can be safely performed as an outpatient procedure for the vast majority of patients. The recovery period is approximately six weeks before resuming full activity. Those in good physical condition before surgery usually recover more quickly.
  2. Partial abdominoplasty/panniculectomy: Here, surgeons make an incision similar to complete abdominoplasty, but their main goal is the removal of lower abdominal skin laxity without tightening the muscles or re-contouring the upper abdomen. The incision can sometimes be smaller. This type of surgery may be done on an outpatient basis, and the recovery period is generally shorter.
Abdominoplasty requires a horizontal incision across the pubic area and around the navel. Through the incisions, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, while excess fat, tissue and skin are removed. Sutures, skin adhesives or clips are then used to close all incisions.

Liposuction is commonly performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty to achieve the best results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

To undergo an abdominoplasty, you should have one or more of the following conditions or characteristics:
  • Excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in the abdomen
  • Currently at an ideal weight
  • Overall good health
  • No future pregnancies planned (if you're a woman)
Penn Medicine board-certified plastic surgeons are skilled, artistic and creative in their approach to cosmetic body contouring. Through the use of cutting-edge procedures and techniques, we help you achieve your surgical goals while recognizing your individual uniqueness. For a comprehensive approach, procedures can be combined into a single operation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why Primary Care Is So Important

“At Penn Medicine, our goal is to have long-term relationships that span many, many years and really give the ability for the patient and their primary care provider to bond together with the goal of ultimately giving them a good experience and great outcomes.”
Ronald Barg, MD

The relationship you build with your primary care physician is one of the most important you’ll ever have. At more than 30 locations throughout the region, Penn Medicine primary care physicians partner with patients to provide the highest level of care.

Ronald Barg, MD, Executive Director of Clinical Care Associates recently discussed, among other things, the various types of practices that fall under the primary care umbrella and how Penn Medicine is making it easier for patients of all ages to receive personalized care in their neighborhood.

You Are What You Eat: Achieving Healthy Skin From Within

Did you know that what you eat and drink can affect the health of your skin? On Wednesday, October 8, Ruth Johnson, LMA, MS, will explain the effects nutrition has on your skin at a special Skin Care Program discussion, You Are What You Eat: Achieving Healthy Skin From Within.

Ruth is an aesthetician whose passion is to help people discover new ways to achieve healthy skin. At the event, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Ruth and the skin care team, and ask all your questions. You’ll also enjoy skin care giveaways and discounts, skin care basket raffles and light refreshments.

Please Join Us!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Penn Medicine Radnor
250 King of Prussia Road
Room 203
Radnor, PA 19087

To RSVP, please call 215.662.4286.

Bring a friend and receive 10 percent off your purchase of a skin care service or product!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Understanding Kidney Transplantation

Unfortunately, the September event is now being rescheduled for a later date. 

If you register or have registered, you will be contacted as soon as the new date is set. For more information, please contact Margaret Leid, transplant outreach coordinator, at 215-298-3929 or
Do you have chronic kidney disease? Do you know someone who does? Have you explored kidney transplant as a treatment option?

According to the National Kidney Foundation, over 101,000 people in the United States are awaiting a kidney transplant. Most kidney transplants come from deceased donors, but transplants from a living donor actually have a better chance of long-term survival than those from a deceased donor.

On Sunday, September 21, we’re offering a new, two-hour interactive conference with doctors and nurses from the Kidney Transplant team. The event will allow chronic kidney disease patients, their friends or family, and those interested in donating a kidney to learn more about transplant. During it, the team will answer questions such as:

• What are the benefits and risks of kidney transplant?

• Is it safe to be a live kidney donor?

• How do I get on the transplant waiting list?

• What’s involved in the kidney transplant surgery?

The Understanding Kidney Transplantation event will take place at the Hilton on City Line Avenue over a complimentary brunch. There will even be a free, preliminary kidney transplant screening.


Roy D. Bloom, MD

Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Peter Reese, MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Paige Porrett, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

More Details:

Sunday, September 21, 2014
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., complimentary brunch provided

Hilton Hotel, Renaissance Room
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

If you'd like to attend Understanding Kidney Transplantation, please RSVP to: or call 215-615-4662.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

37th Annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run

Penn Medicine Radnor Run
It’s time to lace up your sneakers for a great event. The 37th annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

This family-friendly event benefits the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and their effort to help improve the lives of those currently living with chronic lung disease. The money raised will help fund important programs, including asthma camp, clean air in schools and smoking prevention/cessation for teens and adults.

The Radnor Run includes a five mile road race that is sanctioned and certified by the USA Track and Field Association and a one mile fun run. The first place female runner will receive the Jody’s Cup, an award in the memory of Radnor Township resident Jody Lynn Sack and the first place male runner will receive the Penn Medicine Award.

You don’t have to be a runner to take part in the day’s fun festivities which will include games, activities, and many giveaways. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a fun, harvest-themed day in Radnor!

Sign up today for the Penn Medicine Radnor Run!

Date:  Sunday, October 26
Time: 5-Mile Race Start: 8:30 a.m.
          1-Mile Fun Run Start: 8:40 a.m.
Location: 301 Iven Ave. Wayne, PA

Join the fight for clean air

It is estimated that close to 342,000 Americans die of lung disease each year, responsible for one in seven deaths. The American Lung Association and partner organizations are fighting to protect the Clean Air Act, a law that protects public health by reducing harmful pollution and gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the ability to clean up the air.

Air pollution has very serious health effects including shortness of breath, asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease and even premature death. The Clean Air Act helps to reduce the pollutants that lead to these types of health issues.

The American Lung Association has and will continue to play a critical role in the advocacy for clean air.  For more information, please visit

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