February 9, 2001


Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation will hold an International Symposium in February

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts announced that it will host an International Symposium on the subject of "Aesthetic Restoration of Facial Defects" organized by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF). The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla on February 22-25, 2001. This advanced symposium attracts researchers and surgeons from around the world and it will present a multidisciplinary approach to facial reconstruction. The emphasis is going to be on the strategy and tactics to approach difficult facial problems such as: congenital facial masses, vascular malformations, giant nevi, cleft lip and palate, cleft lip nasal deformity, facial burns, soft tissue and facial fracture reconstruction and the reconstruction of specific facial regions after skin cancer. Specific attention will be given to the reconstruction of unusual facial deformities seen in the third world and developing countries. This multidisciplinary faculty draws plastic surgeons, dermatologists, otolaryngology and oculoplastic surgeons from around the world.

Every 75 minutes throughout the United States, a child is born with cleft lip, and/or cleft palate. Nearly two infants in every 1,000 live births have some type of craniofacial birth defect according to the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. Each of these children require multiple surgical procedures —often four operations within the first two years of life— and a coordinated team of health care professionals to address the challenges presented by the most common of human birth defects. Not every family is able to afford this kind of surgical treatment for their child. For the last 10 years Fresh Start has performed surgical procedures valued at over $6,000,000 benefiting children from throughout the country and around the world, patients who otherwise would not have access to be or be able to afford such treatments.

For more information about Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Inc. please contact Sabine Langlais at (760) 783-0049, visit our website at www.fssg.org or send e-mail to freshstart@fssg.org.

Symposium of Fresh Start in San Diego

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts & the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF) International Symposium on the subject of "Aesthetic Restoration of Facial Defects" From Infancy to Adulthood organized by the Plastic Educational Foundation (PSEF) on February 22-25, 2001 at Hyatt Regency (Aventine) in La Jolla.

For information call Fresh Start (760) 944-7774, email: freshstart@fssg.org.

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