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Prostheses address several functional needs such as protecting underlying fragile tissues, closing off an open cavity, warming incoming air, and providing support for eyeglasses. Secondarily, the device should match the remaining anatomy as much as possible, knowing that there are limitations to reproducing living tissue through the use of artificial materials and a process that relies equally on clinical, artistic and technical skills. Other factors, such as secure retention and the ability of the patient to accept and care for the device over the long term, will also contribute to a successful outcome.
A prosthetic treatment plan is generally decided upon through a collaborative effort between the physician, clinical anaplastologist, and the patient. Once the patient has been medically cleared to proceed with treatment, a prosthesis can generally be made over several office visits.
The process involves the following steps: creating a casting of the affected area, sculpting a custom prosthesis out of wax, creating a mold of the sculpted form, casting the final prosthesis in silicone, and externally painting to more closely match a patient's skin tones. Prostheses can be secured through the use of adhesives, tape, magnets or implantable screws to which a bar and clip or magnet system is attached. The chosen method of retention will affect the length and number of appointments as well as the time frame for delivery of the prosthesis.
The Johns Hopkins Facial Prosthetics/Anaplastology Clinic offers a one (1) year Clinical Anaplastology Training Program for individuals interested in pursuing education in this field. Program requirements as well as information for applying to the program can be found by clicking the link above.
Individuals interested in learning more about the field are also encouraged to review About Anaplastology information posted on the International Anaplastology Association (IAA) and the Candidate Handbook information posted on the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology (BCCA).
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Juan R. García, Facial Prosthetics Clinic
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"I appreciate your dedication to detail and the many, many hours you spent in molding and sculpting my ear until it was exactly right. Most of all, I want to thank you for the compassion and sincere caring you have given to me."
- Mr. Raymond, Patient
"My wife's doctor, who saw me before and after the nose was ready, had a trainee working with him when he saw us. He asked the trainee to look at me carefully and see if he noticed anything unusual. The man studied me from head to toe for a minute or two, and finally mumbled that I looked ordinary. That may not be a compliment to me, but it certainly is to you."
- Mr. Larry, Patient
"Unquestionably, anaplastologists allow us to provide appropriate care for a great many patients who would otherwise be left behind. I consider our anaplastologist a vital, essential team member."
- Patrick J. Byrne, M.D., Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine
"The anaplastologist plays a critical role in the treatment of our patients. Juan's artistic talents are truly outstanding."
- Richard J. Redett, M.D., Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Johns Hopkins Medicine
"Being an artist and sculptor myself, I really appreciate the fine work that you have done, and it is good to know that there is someone nearby who is extremely capable of taking care of these problems."
- David. C. Leber, M.D., Leber & Work Plastic Surgery, Harrisburg, PA
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