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Published on May 26, 2015


One Health welcomes Dr. James Tidwell to its Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team. A physician with 14 years of training and experience, Dr. Tidwell specializes in reconstructive surgery including microsurgical transplant techniques. You can find him at the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 270-688-3700.



Dr. Tidwell shares some things you might not know about plastic surgeons.

  • Plastic surgeons do more than tummy tucks and nose jobs.

Beyond the Hollywood stereotype, plastic surgeons don't just perform commonly thought of cosmetic procedures. A board-certified plastic surgeon can perform reconstructive surgery for patients who have experienced trauma, cancer, infection, burns or even childhood deformities. Plastic surgeons work on all types of people – children, adults, the elderly – and on all parts of the body.

  • Not everyone who does plastic surgery is a plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgery training begins after completing four years of medical school.  Accredited plastic surgery training programs are highly competitive and only a small percentage of medical school graduates are accepted to become plastic surgery residents.  Plastic surgery residency consists of six years of rigorous training in reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery and much more. Only graduates from accredited programs are able to sit for the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) board exams. Some surgeons who do plastic surgery procedures are not actually plastic surgeons. Being "board certified" is not the same as being certified by the ABPS as there are many boards that are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  

  • They’re called the “surgeon’s surgeon.”

Plastic surgeons often work in partnership with other surgeons and specialists. For example, someone with oral cancer may have a portion of their tongue, mouth or jawbone removed by an ENT surgeon to treat the cancer. A plastic surgeon is able to reconstruct the resulting defect, allowing the patient to complete other treatments such as chemo or radiation therapy. The reconstructive surgery can greatly increase the patient’s quality of life.

  • They’re responsible for some awesome medical advances.

Did you know that the first kidney transplant was done by a plastic surgeon?

Learn more about One Health Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery or call 270-688-3700.

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