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The 1989 program was successfully held on January 26, 1989, in Toronto, Canada, for a large audience of otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and residents and nurses.
The scientific sessions were divided into a morning devoted to reconstructive surgery and an afternoon dedicated to cosmetic surgery. The opening papers discussed reconstructive options after resection of skull-based neoplasms. The aggressive surgical attack on skull-based neoplasms often leaves large defects in the skull base itself, as well as in the facial skeleton. The reconstructive surgeon now has a vast array of local, as well as regional, flaps as reconstructive options. The split rib plays a major role in reconstruction of bony defects of the cranium and skull base. The advent of microvascular surgery has been critical to allowing other sites for use in the head and neck without the worry of attachment to vascular pedicles. Dr Patrick Gullane of Toronto, Canada, presented a
FREEMAN JL. Synopsis of the 1989 Eastern and Canadian Regional Scientific Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(7):786-787. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860310024015