RESEARCH
Sep 10, 2020

Research Highlights 2020

Each year, the Division of Plastic Surgery holds quarterly research meetings with all faculty, residents and research faculty and staff within the Division. Each resident presents their research projects at the final meeting of the year. We are excited to share with you some of the projects the Division of Plastic Surgery is currently working on. ... Read More

EDUCATION
May 03, 2020

Draw on a Wide Range of Evidence to Jump Start Your Improvement Project

Finding evidence to change the status quo isn’t easy; thinking about evidence in terms of how it persuades—whether subjective or objective—can make it easier. Plastic surgery resident Dino Maglić and his colleagues followed their guts and saved money by improving the laceration trays used to treat patients in the emergency department.... Read More

Annual Trip to Ghana
EDUCATION
Mar 02, 2020

Annual Trip to Ghana

Division of Plastic Surgery faculty, Dr. Brad Rockwell, Dr. Alvin Kwok and resident Dr. Joshua Tieman traveled to Ghana, Africa. This is an annual trip for the Division to the KATH Hospital and KNUST Medical School in Ghana. While there they presented at an international breast and aesthetic symposium with faculty from KATH. ... Read More

New Treatments for Dupuytren's Disease
EDUCATION
Jun 19, 2019

New Treatments for Dupuytren's Disease

Dupuytren’s disease is a common condition that many people have probably never heard of. The disease causes knots of tissue to form under the skin of the hand, slowly pulling one or more fingers into a bent position. The fingers then cannot be straightened back out, leaving the hand deformed. “About five percent of people in the United States at some point will have some element of Dupuytren's Disease,” says Shaun Mendenhall, MD, a hand and wrist surgeon with University of Utah Health. “It could happen to anybody of almost any age.”... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 22, 2019

New Risks for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There is a lot going on inside your wrist. Packed into that little space are numerous bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Nine of those tendons and a large nerve are all together in an even smaller area known as the carpal tunnel. In such close quarters problems can arise. “Any time those tendons become inflamed, or the wrist is flexed or extended for a prolonged period, the pressure within that tight little tunnel goes up,” said Shaun Mendenhall, MD, a hand surgeon with University of Utah Health. “That causes compression on the median nerve and potentially nerve damage if left untreated. This is what we call carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).”... Read More

When Cold Hands Won't Warm Up
EDUCATION
Dec 07, 2018

When Cold Hands Won't Warm Up

No one likes to have cold hands. But imagine if your hands got cold and then couldn’t warm up? This is what happens to people dealing with Raynaud’s phenomenon. In response to cold stimuli blood vessels in their fingers spasm, decreasing blood flow. “Fingers can turn purple, blue, white, and often individual fingers have different colors,” said Shaun Mendenhall, MD, a hand and wrist surgeon with University of Utah Health. “Another symptom is pain. It can be pretty uncomfortable when this happens.”... Read More