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Mathematics Taking Guesswork Out of Plastic Surgery Tissue Transfer

July 14, 2009

Michael Miller Plastic surgeons are turning to mathematics to take the guesswork out of efforts to ensure that live tissue segments that are selected to restore damaged body parts will have enough blood and oxygen to survive the surgical transfer. Mathematicians have shown that they can use differential equations to determine which tissue segments selected for transfer from one part of the body to another location on the same body, will receive the level of oxygen required to sustain the tissue. Full Story

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