Mission Plasticos: Update from Argentina

Mission Plasticos conducted its fourth mission to Argentina with a team of seven medical volunteers from the US, the Netherlands and Argentina. This was their first mission to the city of Cordoba, where the team spent one week completing advanced plastic surgery reconstruction procedures and training at Nuevo Hospital San Roque, a public state hospital, with some services led by professors at the National University of Cordoba.

During patient procedures, Argentine medical staff, fellows, and residents present in the operating rooms were trained one-on-one. However, the operating room was equipped with a live interactive feed to an auditorium in the hospital where 75 medical professionals attended and interacted with the surgeons during the surgeries throughout the week.

In addition, more than 160 medical professionals registered and received advanced surgical training during the online transmission of these advanced breast reconstructive surgical procedures. Medical professionals from various states in Argentina benefitted from surgical training, including Córdoba, Entre Ríos, San Luis, La Rioja, Tucuman, Jujuy, San Juan, Mendoza, Neuquen, Tierra del Fuego.

About the Organization

Mission Plasticos, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving lives through reconstructive plastic surgery in the United States and worldwide. By performing surgery free of charge for underserved individuals with traumatic injuries, disfigurement as a result of cancer, and congenital deformities, volunteer medical teams alleviate suffering, both physical and emotional.

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