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TCW 1he American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released their contribution to the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to educate patients on procedures that have little or no value. Dr. Gutowski was closely involved in the selection of the “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in plastic surgery based on a comprehensive review of medical studies on each topic. These include:

  • Avoid performing routine mammograms before breast surgery
  • Avoid using drains in breast reduction mammaplasty
  • Avoid performing routine and follow-up mammograms of reconstructed breasts after mastectomies
  • Avoid performing plain X-rays in instances of facial trauma
  • Avoid continuing prophylactic antibiotics for greater than 24 hours after a surgical procedure

For more information, read the Medscape report or click on the image above.


  • Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2014