Dr. Jay Calvert Blog
This is an informational blog written by Jay Calvert, M.D., F.A.C.S. that is designed for patients that want to learn more about plastic surgery and Dr. Calvert's practice.
Dr. Jay Calvert, Beverly Hills, CA
As the ASPS meeting gets underway in Chicago, I am reminded of the journey that I traveled to learn plastic surgery in such a way that I am able to help my patients effectively. The take-home message on that reflection is: GET GREAT MENTORS! There is no way to learn plastic surgery in a vacuum and there is no way to know what this specialty is about without having the guidance and direction of those who have been there and done that.
Through the years, I have worked with mentors from many specialties, but the list of the core mentors makes feel honored to have been guided by such great surgeons. Here is the short list:
Bruce Brener, MD
Bubba Singleton, PhD
Gerald Stubbs, PhD
Andy Weiland, MD
Louis Drusin, MD
Phil Barie, MD
Lloyd Hoffman, MD
John Bostwick, MD
J. William Futrell, MD
Ken Shestak, MD
Ernie Manders, MD
Guy Stofman, MD
Jack Friedland, MD
Dennis Hurwitz, MD
Lee Weiss, PhD
Pradeep Khosla, PhD
Rollin Daniel, MD
Greg Evans, MD
Tim Miller, MD
Grant Stevens, MD
Andrew Ordon, MD
Terry Dubrow, MD
Randy Sherman, MD
There are others, but these are the people who materially influenced the way that I treat patients and think about improving the outcomes for my patients. Mentors are key! I thank my mentors for guiding me and helping me because really they have helped my patients and that is the only goal of all I do as a surgeon.
Feel free to contact me through at http://www.drcalvert.com.
Office is 310-777-8800
This video has been viewed 350,000 and tells a great deal about secondary rhinoplasty and the issues with the swelling. There is also a great deal of time that needs to pass in order of the ultimate result to be seen. And...there is no way to speed up that process. For more information about secondary rhinoplasty, please go to www.drcalvert.com.
1. The implication is that the patient will NOT be happy with their care if they do not get the test.
2. The doctor is more concerned about his online reputation because that is a major driver of his practice. Poor reviews = hurtful financial situation i.e. less money to pay the bills.
3. The fact that the test is unnecessary is irrelevant to both doctor and patient - patient wants it therefore he gets it because the doctor does not want to have another black mark against his name.
This situation has now become common place. The problem is no one is brave enough to stand up for what is right. Look at his words, - specifically the part about another bad yelp review. He did not say, "I want to order this test to get a good review." That's because happy patients don't write reviews - unless you ask them a ton of times. Because it is not what patients do. However, 75% of patients coming to the office today will read online reviews about the doctor they are going to see. Thus, online patient reviews are truly useless UNLESS they are verified. Of the 30 major review sites out there, none use a verification system.
So what are we to do when our health care dollars are being spent this way and our physicians are more worried about their online reputations to carry their paychecks then they are about the actual quality of care? Send me your comments firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://drcalvert.com. There is much more coming...
Now this profile is interesting since many reviews get filtered and even though I do pay to advertise on this site, there is still no way to control who writes the reviews and if they write bad ones. The folks at yelp do make it clear there is nothing they can do if someone posts a bad review - and if I am paying to advertise, then I am advertising bad reviews. Seems unfair... In the future, mdinsider.com
This is the place to write unverified, unconfirmed, anonymous reviews. In the future, there will be a more powerful way to get reviews from real patients who take responsibility for their reviews...#mdinsider.com
Rhinoplasty discussion with his team at the Rox Center
In this video, Dr. Jay Calvert discusses the primary reasons patients come in to the office inquiring about rhinoplasty. He discusses rib cartilage grafts, primary rhinoplasty, secondary rhinoplasty, and broken noses.
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This page on Vitals is interesting in that the reviews seem to be written by patients, yet there was really no verification process. There is no data to confirm that these operations happened, that they went well (or not well), or that the outcome rating is the same that others would use. That is to say, if a a patient says, the outcome was not good - well, what does that mean? It wasn't good why? Is it because the operation took too long? It was too expensive? Things don't look right to the patient, but maybe everyone around them likes what they see? Who knows?
There has to be a way to level the playing field with data...I think this is coming soon. Stay tuned.
Dr Bruce Lee is actively seeking a patient in Los Angeles with symptomatic fibroid (uterine myomas). He is making an instructional piece about Acessa - his groundbreaking procedure to eliminate fibroids using radiofrequency energy and laparoscopy. The procedure is FDA approved and we believe will soon be standard of care. Read more at http://www.fibroidrfa.com. Call Dr Bruce Lee at (844) 223-7721 or contact him through the website for more information.
Minimally Invasive Treatment for Fibroids
Beverly Hills, CA
This is a bit different for me to be writing about the uterus. However, I feel the need to let my patients know that there is a new doctor, Dr. Bruce Lee, who has brought a novel, safe, and effective procedure for the fibroid uterus to Rox Center. Dr. Lee has spent the better part part of his last seven years working on adapting radio frequency energy to the treatment of uterine fibroids. This treatment was developed after the popular liver tumor rfa was seen to be very effective at shrinking liver metastasis (tumors in the liver that came from usually a cancer of the GI tract).
Dr. Bruce Lee is a pioneer. Working with Halt Medical, the company that he and his partners founded to perfect fibroid rfa treatments, he was able to definitively create an FDA approved treatment that is now becoming commonplace. Dr. Bruce Lee is now working at the Rox Center in Beverly Hills. He is there to perform this procedure, also known as the Acessa Procedure, only. He is a true specialist having developed the instrumentation, the treatment protocols, and has performed the clinical trials himself.
If you would like to hear more about this ground breaking procedure, please go to the website at http://www.fibroidrfa.com or call the office at 1-844-223-7721.
Treatment of Large Varicose Veins
August 4, 2014
Beverly Hills, CA - Dr. Travis Kidner has opened the Vein Clinic of Beverly Hills at the Rox Center. His experience with vascular surgery and his place among the experts of the Rox Center has made him the natural choice for the patients of Los Angeles for their varicose vein treatments. At the Rox Center, the Rox Spa has been able to treat spider veins and pigmented flat vascular lesions. However, the large, unsightly, and sometimes painful veins have been elusive for the team. Now, Dr. Kidner is able to treat these problems with his minimally invasive technique.
Dr. Kidner is skilled in the the Venefit procedure using radio frequency ablation of the varicose veins. This technology is the same technology used in the treatment of enlarged inferior turbinates, the Acessa procedure for uterine fibroids, and the Aceent procedure for shrinking fat of the belly and other parts of the body. Radiofrequency is quite effective and safe - no more cutting the leg in multiple places. The Venefit procedure is a closed procedure done with an intravascular catheter.
I am proud to have Dr. Kidner on the team for all of his surgical expertise and his commitment to patient care. He is a real expert and is technically gifted. We look forward to seeing you in the office.
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Or feel free to contact me at http://www.drcalvert.com or 310-777-8800.
Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills
This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of working with the people from Realself.com. This website has taken plastic surgery information to a new level. I am very impressed with their commitment to providing the right information to the patient from the right plastic surgeons. This is something that concerns all Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and Occuloplastic Surgeons. Thus, it was fun to add some insight and gain some myself, on the topic of superhero bodies.
It is true that the superhero body in the comic books and in film has changed over time. We discussed this at length and I am looking forward to the way it gets put together for their piece. In general, though, we all think that the superhero body is unattainable except by those who really push the envelope. Plastic Surgery can be a part of it, but mostly, I believe it starts with diet and exercise. Not fun! But this is what it takes.
We discussed the operations most employed to get the 'superhero' look. Chin implants, rhinoplasty, liposuction, facelifts, and body implants of all types were on the agenda. Amazing examples have been seen throughout the years, including the most recent example of the human Ken Doll on the hit show, Botched!. All is well and good if you start with a surgically good palate. But if the starting point is not great, then it makes it hard to reach superhero status with surgery alone.
The other topic that was interesting and also needs to be addressed is the fact that many people are using human growth hormone and testosterone to keep their body fat lower and increase muscle mass. These are medications that need to evaluated on a case by case basis for every patient is different with a different set of issues. No way to know what is right for anyone of us without the advice of a physician that is used to prescribing these meds on a regular basis.
So look for the piece on http://realself.com sometime in the fall.
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Dr. Jay Calvert
The reason it makes rhinoplasty more difficult is because of the fracture lines. When a person gets a broken nose, it does not break in an aesthetically pleasing manner. They mostly break according to the direction and magnitude of force doing the breaking. And then they heal into that broken position making the osteotomies (bone cuts) of rhinoplasty more difficult to control.
There is also the question of the airway after a nasal fracture. If the airway is good before surgery, it can be maintained with proper operative technique. However, if the airway is bad before rhinoplasty, it most likely will be the same or worse after surgery. This makes it essential to diagnoses airway problems before surgery so that they can be corrected or at least improved rather than making them worse.
Here is a video about one of my patients who broker her nose and wanted to get things back into shape:
Nasal Fracture Patient
Many patients ask, "Why use the rib cartilage? Can't you just use the ear cartilage?" This is a great question and I believe that there must be a good reason to take rib cartilage. The most common reason I have is that rib cartilage is stronger and more reliable in my hands OVER TIME. I believe that ear cartilage is good initially more many secondary nasal operations, but OVER TIME, the scar contracture ultimately wins and distorts the nose and the cartilage. I have many secondary rhinoplasty and tertiary rhinoplasty patients that come and see me in my Beverly Hills office from all over the world complaining that their nose looked good initially, but then over time, the shape changed and they feel they now need a rib cartilage graft to fix the problem.
Another point is that many patients believe that rib cartilage harvests will be more painful than the ear cartilage harvest. That may be true in some cases and not true in others. In any event, the choice for cartilage donor sites should be made based on WHAT IS NEEDED to do the secondary rhinoplasty with the best chance of success. I would not recommend selecting convenience over results.
For more information on the topic, see the website http://www.drcalvert.com or call the office at 310.777.8800 and ask to speak with one of our patient care coordinators or physician assistants.
|Here Dr. Kidner explains the ABCDE's of melanoma to Damien Puckler of NBC's hit show, Grimm.|
I found the discussion to be high level, forward thinking, and progressive. This has caused me to think even more about the fine points of my techniques and results. We can always find ways to do things better as we simply want to generate the best results possible for our patients. There is more to come, but for now I am looking forward to more dialogue as we all try to make our specialty better.
These are her results:
I am a faculty member at the University of Southern California and I have the plastic surgery residents rotate with me on a regular basis. Though I still do all of the operating, they do get to observe some of the most difficult problems in nasal surgery being solved. I also have visiting residents from around the world and visiting attending surgeons from around the world. There is nothing I like to do more than perform a great operation and have not only the patient benefit, but also other surgeons who will affect other patients with their increased knowledge.
Rather than spending my money on fancy banner ads on google and yahoo, I have chosen to spend my money flying to the far reaches of our planet to perform surgery at congresses and lecture to my international colleagues. However, I think my patients have benefitted the most by my exposure to so many different ideas.
There is more to come, so stay tuned...next trip - IMCAS - Shanghai!
More to come...
September, 2012 - request for $25,000 to remove unfavorable posts on a complaint site.
September 2012 - request for $350/month to manage reviews - 2 year contract required
October, 2012 - request for upfront payment of $10,000 with $5000 a month required to maintain the account over time - 2 year deal required.
October 2012 - request for $20,000 and $3000 month for management of poor reviews on a complaint site.
October, 2012 - request for $8000 up front and then $1500/month for reputation management
November 2012 - request for $9500 up front and then $300/month for management of poor reviews on a complaint site.
Today - request for $5000 up front and then $500/month to manage on line reputation
I am sure you see where I am going with this. If I were to pay all of these people, I am sure my on line reputation would still be a nightmare. As long as I do revision rhinoplasty as a primary specialty, I will get the tough cases. I am hoping that new patients will read reviews of Dr. Jay Calvert elsewhere - that is other than the sites where they add a little spice of their own and then request payment. - http://drjaycalvertreviews.com or http://www.drcalvert.com/testimonials. Good luck and always feel free to contact us directly at 310.777.8800.