Walid Sabbagh – FRCS(Plast)

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Walid Sabbagh qualified from the University of Aberdeen in 1992 and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1996. He trained in Plastic Surgery in the most prestigious units in London. At the completion of his training in 2002 he was awarded the FRCS(Plast) and admitted to the GMC specialist register.

Mr Sabbagh developed an interest in the fields of Aesthetic Surgery and the highly specialized area of Ear Reconstruction. In the NHS he provides a national service for traumatic and congenital ear deformities at the Royal Free Hospital in London. In his private practice he is particularly interested in prominent ear correction, breast augmentation, abdominal wall and rhinoplasty surgery.

Mr Sabbagh has published comprehensively within the Plastic Surgery journals and regularly presents his work at national and international meetings. He has appeared on a number of television documentaries including ‘The One Show’ and ‘Botched Up Bodies’. He was also featured in the ‘Tattler magazine’ for top Plastic Surgeons. His personal interests include travelling, swimming and family activities.

Practice Philosophy

The consultation is the most important step in cosmetic surgery. I believe that the patient should be as well informed as possible with regard to the procedure, risks and expected outcome. I encourage patients to ask as many questions as possible and try to communicate many points with drawings, computer illustrations and photographs of previous surgery. Understanding what surgery can achieve is the key point in the overall satisfaction after surgery. In many instances I see patients for a second pre-operative consultation. This may be necessary to finalize the surgical plan and ensure that the patient has clear understanding of the procedure and outcome.

I place strong emphasis on safety and will advise delaying surgery until all risk factors are controlled such as smoking, weight and medical conditions. My secretary, Nadine, will provide an information sheet for all procedures which includes information about the procedure, recovery and possible complications.

Following surgery I do not believe that any concern is too trivial and will see all my patients on a regular basis until the optimum outcome of surgery has been achieved.

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Publications & Research

Cox A, Sabbagh W, Gault D. 2012
Costal or conchal cartilage for aesthetic and structural reconstruction of lower pole ear defects
Aesthet Surg J. 2012 Mar,32(3):271-4

Pearl RA, Sabbagh W 2011
Reply: septal cartilage graft for post-traumatic ear reconstruction
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 2011 Dec; 128(6): 775e

Marsh D, Sabbagh W, Gault D. 2011
Cryptotia correction- The post-auricular transposition flap
J Plast Reconrstr Aesthet Surg. 2011Nov; 64(11): 1444-7

Sabbagh W. 2011
Early Experience in Microtia Reconstruction: the first 100 cases
J Plast Reconrstr Aesthet Surg. 2011 Apr; 64(4): 452-8

Pearl RA, Sabbagh W. 2011
Reconstruction following traumatic partial amputation of the ear
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 2011 Feb; 127(2): 621-9

ARCHIVE

Adamthwaite J, Sabbagh W
Modification of the postauricular fascial flap in Mustardé and Furnas type otoplasty
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Nov;126(5):1786-7

Younis I, Gault D, Sabbagh W, Kang NV
Patient Satisfaction and aesthetic outcomes after ear reconstruction with a Branemark-type, bone anchored ear prosthesis: A 16 year review
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Oct 63(10): 1650-5

O’Toole, Sabbagh W
Ear Avulsion
J Plast Reconrstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Jun:846

Uppal R, Chana J, Sabbagh W, Gault D
Donor Site Morbidity after Autologous Costal Cartilage Harvest in Ear Reconstruction
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 2008 Jun; 121(6): 1949-55

Gore SM, Skillman JM, Sabbagh W
A Method for Optimising Excision of the Nail Bed Matrix
J Hand Surg Eur, Vol 2007 Aug 32(4):450-1

Malluci P, Pacifico M, Sabbagh W
The Fascial Glide: An Adjuvant in Abdominoplasty Technique
Journal Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery; 2007; 60(8): 929-933.

Sabbagh W, Gault D
Location Location Location
J Laryngol Otol. 2004 Sep; 118(9): 738-40.

Shah R, Sabbagh W, Arnestien P
Delayed Photosensitivity Reaction in Scars
British Journal of Plastic Surgery 2004 Mar; 57(2): 181-3

Sabbagh W, Shafighian A, Harrison DH
Upper lip deficiency in the Moebius Syndrome: A previously unreported feature
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 2003 Dec; 112(7): 1762-7

Sabbagh W, Grobbelaar AO, Clark C, Smith PJ, Harrison DH.
Long-term results of digital arthrodesis with the Harrison-Nicolle peg.
British Journal of Hand Surgery 2001;26B: 6: 568-571

Sabbagh W, Withey S, Gault D
A simple alternative to ear reconstruction.
British Journal of Plastic Surgery. 1999; 52 (1): 80-81

Sabbagh W, Masters JRW, Duffy PG, Herbage D, Brown RA
The in vitro assessment of a collagen sponge for engineering a urothelial graft
British Journal of Urology 1998; 82 (6): 888-894

Presentations

Microtia Reconstruction: Technique, Expectations and Outcome
Microtia Mingle Charity Event, Boxbourne June 2015

Primary Rhinoplasty: Analysis and Technique
BAAPS Trainee meeting, Cambridge Dec 2014

Total Ear Reconstruction
CCR Olympia London Oct 2014

National Audit of Partial Ear Reconstruction
International Society Auricular Reconstruction, Paris Sept 2014

Second Stage Ear Reconstruction – Analysis of Techniques
International Society Auricular Reconstruction, Paris Sept 2014

Techniques in Otoplasty
BAAPS Trainee meeting, Newcastle Sept 2014

Primary Aesthetic Rhinoplasty
BAAPS Trainee meeting, Newcastle Sept 2014

ARCHIVE

Preliminary Scoring System for Second Stage Ear Reconstruction
BAPRAS, Dublin Nov 2013

Paediatric Ear Anomolies
Paediatric Surgery Meeting, Porto, Portugal, May 2013

Ear Reconstruction following Traumatic Amputation
5th International Meeting Auricular Reconstruction, Sydney Australia Mar 2012

Experience in autologous ear reconstruction following burns
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons, London Dec 2011

Personal Approach in Microtia Reconstruction
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons, London Dec 2011

Trends in Autologous Ear Reconstruction
Specialist Registrars Training Day, Cambridge October 2011

Reconstruction of Traumatic Ear Loss with Autologous Costal Cartilage
Syrian Association Reconstructive Aaesthetic Burns Surgery Damascus Feb 2011

Microtia Reconstruction
Syrian Association Reconstructive Aesthetic Burns Surgery Damascus Feb 2011

Cryptotia Correction – the post auricular transposition flap
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons, London Dec 2010

Reconstruction of the Ear in Goldenhars Syndrome
Invited Speaker; Goldenhar Family Day, Swindon April 2010

Experience with Autologous Ear Reconstruction
Invited Speaker; Beijing Plastic Surgery University Hospital, Beijing, China Sep 2009

Ear Reconstruction in the Burned Ear
Pan Thames Day; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital April, 2009

Complex Ear Reconstruction
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons, London Dec 2008

Partial Ear Reconstruction after Assault, Are we a Nation of Biters?
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons, London Dec 2008

The Learning Curve in Microtia Reconstruction
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons, London Dec 2008

Advances in Autologous Ear Reconstruction
Royal Society of Medicine, London, May 2008

Trends in Ear Reconstruction
International Medical Conference University of Aleppo, Aleppo, April 2008

Lower Pole Ear Reconstruction
4th International Meeting on Auricular Reconstruction, Edinburgh, October 2007

Early Experience with Microtia: 50 Consecutive Cases
British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology, London September 2007

Temproparietal Fascia flap vs Tissue Expansion in Autologous Ear Reconstruction
International Congress of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Berlin June 2007

Common Plastic Surgery Problems of the Breast
Meeting for General practitioners, Kings Oak Hospital, Enfield, London, February 2007

Autologous Auricular Reconstruction for Severe Types of Constricted Ear Deformity
British Association of Plastic Surgeons, London, December 2006

Autologous Ear Reconstruction – A Personal Series of Sixty Consecutive Cases
British Association of Plastic Surgeons, London, December 2006

Ear Reconstruction
St Mary’s Course in Facial Plastic Surgery, London October 2006

Aesthetic Outcomes of Branemark-type bone anchored ear prosthesis, a 16 year review
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Bath, September 2006

Congenital Ear Anomalies
Paediatric Study Day, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, March 2006

Understanding Cosmetic Surgery
Open day, Kings Oak Hospital, Enfield, March 2006

Challenges in Ear Reconstruction
Pan-Thames training day Mount Vernon Hospital January 2006

Microtia Referral Patterns
British Association of Plastic Surgeons, London, December 2005

The Art of Ear Reconstruction
Syrian Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Damascus, November 2005

Selecting the Appropriate Technique in Breast Reconstruction
Syrian Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Damascus, November 2005

The Challenge of Ear Reconstruction
International Seminar for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, Kuwait, September 2005

Common Correctable Paediatric Plastic Surgery Problems
Paediatric Study Day, Hillingdon Hospital, June 2005

Autogenous Ear Reconstruction
Pan-Thames training day Mount Vernon Hospital May 2005

Foot Reconstruction
Royal College of Podiatrist annual meeting, London, Jan. 2002

Long term Results of Digital Arthrodesis with the Harrison-Nicolle peg
Joint meeting of British and French Hand Societies, St. Tropez, France, May 2000

The in vitro assessment of a collagen sponge for engineering a urothelial graft.
European Society of Paediatric Urologist, Salzburg, Austria, April 1998

Collagen Sponges assessed as substrates for urothelial grafts.
Urological Research Society, London, January 1998.

Collagen sponges and fibronectin mats as substrates in tissue engineering.
International Conference on Cellular Engineering, San Remo, Italy, September 1997.

Development of a urothelial bio-artificial graft model.
Royal College of Surgeons: In memory of Professor Charles Grant Clark, May 1997

TV & Media

MEDIA APPEARANCES

City Hospital (BBC1)
Transmitted August 2004 ‘Prominent Ear Correction’

News Night (BBC2)
Transmitted January 2006 ‘Ear Amputees’
The documentary covered the treatment of two patients from Iraq with ear amputation.

Mail Online September 2009
‘Surgeons build boy born without an ear new one using rib cartilage from his own RIB’

 Times Online September 2009
‘Boy has missing ear reconstructed from his own rib cartilage’

The ‘One Show’ (BBC1)
Transmitted February 2011
‘Surgeons Create New Ear for Nine Year Old Ethan’

‘Botched Up Bodies’ (Channel 5)
Transmitted January 2015

The Telegraph April 2015
‘The Boy with an ear made from rib;

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