Atlas of Operative Craniofacial Surgery PDF Download
The purpose of this atlas is to address a problem encountered when I was a craniofacial fellow. Oftentimes, when I wanted to learn steps of a certain surgical technique in an expeditious, concise, and detailed manner, I struggled to find a textbook that would address those needs.
Most textbooks on craniofacial surgery focus mainly on the theoretical component and contain scant images of the surgical technique. Although I knew there were multiple published articles online with detailed descriptions of craniofacial surgical technique I was looking for, searching for them on the Internet (such as PubMed, OVID, Google, and other sources) was time consuming and often frustrating (especially when my choices were limited to a university library’s subscriptions). As a general surgery and a plastic surgery resident at Harvard University and Penn State University, respectively, I always was able to have access to a textbook “bible” that contained detailed explana-tions about the most common surgical techniques.
For example, in general surgery, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery and in plastic surgery, Guyuron’s Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. These books both detailed explanation of the most common surgical procedures as well as many relevant illustrations and photographs. However, there is no such up-to-date alternative in the field of craniofacial surgery.
Atlas of Operative Craniofacial Surgery
The subject of the book to write came to me when I was attending a craniofacial surgery fellows cadaver-training course in Northern Florida, just at the beginning of my craniofacial surgery fellowship. Before the cadaver laboratory, we fellows had a series of lectures to refresh our knowledge about the craniofacial surgical techniques we were about to practice. It was Dr. Jack Yu’s lecture about the LeFort III osteotomy that led me to decide the subject of the book.
His talk about the surgical technique was so visually rich and detailed that I thought to myself, “My God! I could do this surgery myself after this talk!” (even though I had never seen or done a LeFort III at that time). This sparked an idea in my mind; I told myself: “That’s it! I need to write a
book about craniofacial surgery that explains the surgical techniques
as well as Dr. Yu’s presentation.”