What’s Up Doc? Talk with a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Welcome to another edition of the “What’s Up Doc?” Q & A series! In celebration of this month’s book box theme, The Doctor’s Kit, we have had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of professionals in the medical field. This week we will hear from Dr Brendan Louie, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

Question 1. What is your health-related profession?

Plastic and Reconstructive surgery

Question 2. How long did you study at University for this?

“3 years undergraduate and 4 years medical school”

Question 3. What’s the most common misconception about your profession?

That ‘cosmetic surgeons‘ are the same as plastic surgeons.”

Question 4. If you would like the public to learn one thing about your profession, what would it be?

“To become a plastic surgeon doctors must apply to be accepted onto intensive and highly regulated advanced surgical training program that takes a minimum 5 years. This is an extremely competitive process that only accepts 2 or 3 people in QLD each year. Cosmetic surgeons have finished med school, but otherwise have no recognised training in Australia and are not regulated or associated with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.”

Question 5. What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you in your career so far?

“Being involved in the development of a melanoma unit at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and seeing the outcomes of breakthrough medications to treat advanced melanoma.”

Question 6. What’s the longest/worst shift or operation you have been involved in?

“The longest shift was a 60 hours with 3 hours of sleep during that period. The longest operation went for over 24 hours and involved reconstructing a mangled hand and re-attaching multiple fingers.”

Question 7. What’s the most common or interesting reason you see children?

“The most common condition i treat is unusual lesions, which are thankfully mostly benign, and trauma from dog bites and little fingers crushed in doors. The most interesting cases were during my time at the old mater children’s where we did cranial vault reconstructions for craniosynostosis. If you google it you’ll understand why. “

Question 8. What would make you leave your profession; what’s the most challenging aspect?

“Dealing with complications, severe trauma and advanced malignancy that results in the death of patients is always difficult. The only thing that would make me stop is a decline in my abilities or health though.”

Question 9. What keeps you in your profession; what’s the most rewarding aspect?

“Helping people and knowing that you have improved their lives. I am also fascinated by the complexity of the human body and will keep learning about it regardless of when i finish working.”

Thank you so much Brendan for sharing with us. We hope it didn’t make you squirm too much and gave you an insight into the work of a fascinating medical field.

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Join us next time for more Q and A on What’s up Doc? series.

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Your Little Birdies