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New plastic surgeon comes to town

When Dr. Bruce Lattyak talks of plastic surgery, he sometimes sounds like a sculptor or an artist.

He can reconstruct a face, re-shape facial features and redress congenital physical deformities.

Lattyak, 39, is a plastic surgeon who moved with his wife and two daughters to Grass Valley last month from Bermuda. He is setting up a plastic surgery clinic on Sierra College Drive, in Grass Valley, and will perform major plastic surgeries at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, he said.



Hospital officials have been looking for doctors like Lattyak to relocate to the area, shoring up the area’s pool of family doctors, internists and specialists. Some are nearing retirement; others are leaving private practice or leaving the area due to low insurance reimbursement rates and high costs.

“We have another plastic surgeon in town who’s planning to retire, so we set Dr. Lattyak up in private practice to serve the community,” said Craig Wilcox, director of business development at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. “The hospital interviewed 20 candidates for two years before we found Dr. Lattyak. We are impressed with his training and experience.”




The move was a good fit for Lattyak, too.

“I always loved it here,” said Lattyak, who spent several years in Northern California earlier in his career. “We were impressed with the cultural depth of the Grass Valley area – the arts, the music, the festivals. I also love outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding.”

Lattyak got his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and did a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the UC Davis, he said.

“I find (plastic surgery) very artistic and challenging,” Lattyak said. “I enjoy the combination of the artistic side of it and its reconstructive challenges.

“In plastic surgery, you rarely get two cases that are alike. There’s a huge amount of variation. A plastic surgery also deals with the entire human body from head to toe. Even in this day of specialization, plastic surgeons get to do procedures all over the body,” he said.

Cancer-related procedures

Cosmetic plastic surgery includes major operations such as liposuction, tummy tuck, breast enhancement and facelifts, Lattyak said. Minor nonsurgical cosmetic procedures include laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation, Lattyak added.

Reconstructive plastic surgery includes cases of healing fractures of the face, jaw, cheek bone and eye socket, Lattyak said. It also includes reconstructing congenital defects and curing nerve and tendon injuries, and deformities caused by rheumatoid arthritis, he added.

Reconstructive surgeries also include microsurgery that involves “using tissues from one area of the body, along with its veins and arteries, and moving them to a different part of the body,” Lattyak said. “For instance, for a patient with jaw cancer, a part of the jaw that’s been removed can be reconstructed using bone from the leg with its own blood vessels.”

In the Grass Valley area, Lattyak expects to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries on patients with breast and skin cancer and hand surgeries on people with injuries, he said.

His Grass Valley clinic, called Élan Clinic Plastic Surgery and Medspa, will have four treatment rooms for minor procedures, Lattyak said. It’s scheduled to open mid-August, he added.

Lattyak was born and raised in Bermuda. He had founded the Élan Clinic in Bermuda in 2001. He intends to perform procedures in both Grass Valley and Bermuda, he said.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

Elan Clinic Plastic Surgery and Medspa

n Will be located at 280 Sierra College Drive, Suite 105, in Grass Valley.

n Opens in mid-August

n You can reach Dr. Bruce Lattyak at 273-3400.


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