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How did Dr. Nukta make the switch to exclusively taking care of patients suffering traumatic injuries to the hand and face?

My surgical training in general was very strong on the treatments of traumatic hand injuries. I have spent numerous nights and long days reattaching severed fingers, mending broken bones and helping patients with different hand injuries get back to their normal lives.  However, when I founded NOVA Plastic surgery I started seeing patients for both cosmetic and traumatic hand injury. Deep inside I always felt more at my place when taking care of a little child who was bitten by a dog in the face, or a worker who is eager to regain function of his hand after a table saw injury.

At the same time, I kept noticing that I was able to treat many of my patients presenting with cosmetic concerns with non-surgical options like lasers and fillers. While this was brewing and developing in my mind slowly, a dramatic personal experience changed a lot of how I look at my work.

My third child Jad was born. Soon after his birth he was diagnosed with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot which needed open heart surgery at the age of 3 months. I was determined to get him the best treatment possible. I started researching for the best surgeons and centers to do his surgery. As I was looking at options it hit me that “pediatric heart surgeons’ open babies’ hearts and fix it” “what an honorable profession” and what a tasks these men and women have taken on themselves.
The option was then really clear. I wanted to do surgeries that would make my kids, wife and family proud, and it was then that I dedicated my practice to making a difference for those injured. This is not to belittle the work of cosmetic surgeons, on the contrary I continue to run and supervise the staff at Virginia skin wellness center, who are taking care of skin wellness in a holistic and natural approach. I just felt my calling and what I was meant to do is hand and face trauma surgery.

 

 

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