African Teenager gets Rare Plastic Surgery

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Rare Plastic Surgery Procedure

Rare Plastic Surgery Performed on African Teenager to Create an Ear and Reverse Facial Disfigurement

Thanks to pro bono facial surgery and services donated by Schneider Children’s Hospital(SCH), a 17-year-old orphan from Ghana, West Africa is gaining self-confidence and getting a new start on life.

Adwoa Frimpomaah was referred to Andrew Jacono, MD, Section Head of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital, for surgery to reconstruct a new ear and repair facial scars. She has seriously injured in a pedestrian-car accident in Ghana in 2004 while walking to a nearby village; the driver fled the scene and the accident was never investigated. The collision ripped off half of her scalp on the right side, leaving her with no hair, massive scars on her right cheek, and two-thirds of her right ear destroyed. Her legs were broken and her teeth knocked out. Following the accident, Adwoa spent four months in a Ghanese hospital, but because of the limited availability of medical and surgical care in her homeland, facial reconstruction was out of the question. In July 2006, Adowa was put in touch with Dr. Jacono by a small American outreach group, Beyond Our Borders, based in St. James, NY, and headed by Vic and JeanValente. Dr. Jacono is a participating volunteer surgeon with the nonprofit group. Adwoa lives with Mr. and Mrs. Valente, her sponsors.

Dr. Jacono and Schneider Children’s Hospital (SCH) waived the fees for the 6 1/2-hour surgery, which took place in December 2006, one-day beforeAdwoa’s 17th birthday. To reconstruct Adwoa’s ear, Dr. Jacono harvested her”floating rib” from her left rib cage and cartilage to create the rim of her ear. Because of severe trauma to the skin on her scalp, Dr. Jacono performed a complex flap reconstructive procedure to cover the new framework of the ear and used a skin graft from Adwoa’s leg to cover the top part of her ear. Dr. Jacono performed a second surgery in May, which separated the flap and created a natural groove behind her ear with another skin graft. He also performed a modified facelift to reduce facial scarring. “When Dr. Jacono approached Schneider Children’s Hospital about helpingAdwoa after her horrific accident, we did not hesitate to help her,” said Philip Lanzkowsky, MD, executive director of SCH. “Adwoa had already lost so much; the surgery was something tangible that we could provide to make her life better. Improving the health and well-being of children is the mission of the Children’s Hospital and it crosses all geographic and political boundaries.” “Although Adwoa’s condition did not present any major functional disturbances, facial disfigurement is traumatic and psychological scars can last a lifetime,” said Dr. Jacono. “The reconstructive surgery has restoredAdwoa’s self-esteem. She is like most teenagers — very self-conscious about her looks — and it is a great joy to see her happy again.” For more information see New York Facial Plastic Surgery or Raise Health Forum.

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Dr. Andrew Jacono

Dr. Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Dual Board Certified, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a thriving practice on Long Island’s Gold Coast and in Manhattan on Park Avenue.

Dr. Jacono specializes in reconstructive surgery, specifically facelifts, rhinoplasties and eyelid lifts with flawless, yet natural results. He’s internationally recognized for his innovative non-surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques. As Director of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, Dr. Jacono's expertise attracts a wide range of clientele, from prominent celebrities to everyday individuals seeking various enhancements. He is also sought-after for his expert opinion as a lecturer and presenter. Dr. Jacono has presented his innovative techniques at leading universities in the US, and has conducted live surgery at over 100 global plastic surgery meetings and symposiums across multiple countries and organizations.

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