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Arbrea Team (AT): Welcome, everyone! Today, we’re thrilled to have a conversation with Dr. Eduardo Palazzo, a renowned plastic surgeon from Argentina. Dr. Palazzo, thank you for joining us today.

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here.

AT: Dr. Palazzo, you’ve been utilizing Arbrea Suite for breast surgeries. How has your experience been using these tools, and what has been the patient response?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: The Arbrea tools have been a game-changer. Initially, I was captivated by these simulators at international conferences and decided to integrate them into my practice. They’ve provided patients with a sense of empowerment and assurance in selecting their desired breast volume. While it’s crucial to emphasize that the simulation isn’t an exact replica of the final outcome, it plays a significant role in setting realistic expectations. Patients have responded positively, appreciating the visual aid and feeling more confident in their choices, resulting in higher satisfaction rates post-surgery.

AT: You initially had some reservations about using simulators in your consultations. How has your perception changed since then?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: My initial reservations were centered around the fear of inadvertently raising unrealistic expectations among patients. However, as I incorporated these simulations into my consultations, I realized their profound educational value. It’s vital to convey to patients that these simulations serve as visual guides, offering potential scenarios rather than definite outcomes. Over time, I’ve observed a paradigm shift in patient consultations. Arbrea simulators have empowered patients by demystifying the surgical journey, encouraging them to actively participate in decision-making, fostering an environment of transparency and informed choices. This approach has significantly contributed to patients’ overall satisfaction and confidence in the process. dr Eduardo Palazzo

AT: Dr. Palazzo, how pivotal has Lindapp been in revolutionizing the patient consultation process?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Lindapp has been an invaluable addition to our patient consultations. This application empowers patients further by allowing them to start their consultation journey even before stepping into the clinic. They can take photos, explore different visual effects, and discuss their preferences during the consultation. Moreover, Lindapp enables patients to carry the simulation experience beyond the clinic. They can view and experiment with various implant sizes at their convenience, fostering a sense of involvement and understanding before finalizing their decisions. This app significantly enhances the consultation experience, ensuring that patients feel actively engaged in their surgical choices.

AT: How Lindapp influenced your decision to integrate Arbrea into your practice?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: You know what? Lindapp was the game-changer. Its seamless integration of visual effects and patient interaction astonished me. Witnessing patients explore their potential outcomes in such a user-friendly manner, even before stepping foot into the clinic, was remarkable. Lindapp’s ability to transcend the clinic boundaries, allowing patients to continue their exploration and decision-making at home, spoke volumes. That experience was a turning point for me. Seeing how Lindapp empowered patients and facilitated a deeper understanding of their choices made me recognize the immense value of integrating Arbrea into my practice. It wasn’t just about the technology; it was about revolutionizing patient engagement and education, and Lindapp showed me the way.

AT: Could you elaborate on the dedicated simulation room in your clinic? How does it function?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Of course. The simulation room or the Arbrea Room, serves as an interactive space where patients can explore various breast implant options. Equipped with a large screen connected to Arbrea Suite, it displays simulated outcomes. Additionally, physical implants of different sizes are available for patients to try, enabling them to visualize and compare potential results. This interactive setup encourages patients to participate in the decision-making process, fostering a sense of involvement and confidence in their choices.

AT: You’ve mentioned using Arbrea for pre-surgical planning. How integral are these tools in your planning process?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Arbrea Suite has revolutionized my pre-surgical planning, especially in cases of breast reconstructions post-mastectomy. It offers a level of precision previously unattainable, providing not only accurate measurements but also vivid visual representations of the potential outcomes. This precise planning facilitates more informed decisions regarding implant size and placement, ultimately contributing to improved symmetry and patient satisfaction post-surgery.

AT: Is there a feature or tool you’d like to see in future versions of Arbrea?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: The current version is comprehensive and effective for my practice. Its continual updates ensure it remains relevant and precise. At present, I find it challenging to pinpoint any specific enhancement required as it fulfills my needs remarkably well.

AT: Your approach of involving patients actively in the decision-making process is commendable. How do simulations help in this aspect?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Patients often expect perfection or exact outcomes. The simulations allow them to understand that breasts are like sisters, not twins. Showing the differences between their breasts and possible post-surgical results helps set realistic expectations. These simulations serve as invaluable educational tools, bridging the gap between medical jargon and patient comprehension. By visualizing potential outcomes, patients can grasp the nuances of their choices more effectively. It empowers them to actively engage in the decision-making process, fostering transparency and trust, while also aiding them in setting realistic expectations. This approach significantly contributes to a harmonious surgeon-patient relationship and improved satisfaction post-surgery.

AT: Your dedication to patient satisfaction and informed decision-making is admirable. Any message for our readers or patients considering plastic surgery?

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Plastic surgery isn’t just about transforming appearances; it’s a collaborative journey between the patient and the surgeon. Communication, transparency, and managing expectations are pivotal. While these simulations offer valuable insights, they’re just a part of the process. Understanding the inherent limitations and potential variations in outcomes is crucial for a positive surgical experience. Trusting your surgeon’s expertise, engaging in open dialogue, and being well-informed are essential elements for a successful outcome.

AT: Thank you, Dr. Palazzo, for sharing your insights and experiences with us. Your dedication to patient satisfaction and informed decision-making is truly admirable.

Dr. Eduardo Palazzo: Thank you for the opportunity. It’s been an enriching discussion, shedding light on the critical aspects of plastic surgery that empower both patients and surgeons.

 

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