Maine Operation Game Thief – Fighting Poachers

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Operation Game Thief
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Dr. Anthony Perrone holds an MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He is now the chief of plastic surgery at Maine General Medical Center. Anthony Perrone, MD, is also active in charitable and philanthropic pursuits, including support of Maine Operation Game Thief (Maine OGT).

A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife in the state, Maine OGT works with local authorities and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to stop poachers who commit wildlife crimes. Maine OGT allows the public to anonymously report poachers. Citizens may be eligible for rewards when their information is used to stop wildlife crimes.

Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for information that leads to an arrest for a wildlife violation. A $2,000 reward may be given for information involving the illegal introduction of a nonnative fish species.

Anonymous reporters do not need to testify in court to collect their rewards. To report poaching or other wildlife crimes in Maine, call 1-800-253-7887, or fill out the form online at maineogt.org.

Special Wishes for Pediatric Patients at Camp Sunshine in Maine

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Camp Sunshine
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Anthony Perrone, MD, is the chief plastic surgeon at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. In this role, Anthony Perrone, MD, performs reconstructive surgeries and oversees a team of surgeons. Outside of his work at Maine General, Dr. Anthony Perrone enjoys supporting local charities, including Camp Sunshine.

Maine’s Camp Sunshine is a retreat for pediatric patients and their families. The camp is the nation’s only year-round retreat of its kind, providing a fun, supportive environment for families as they fight chronic or serious childhood illnesses.

Camp Sunshine is available to children dealing with cancer, systemic lupus, organ transplants, and hematologic and renal conditions. The camp’s dedicated volunteers and on-site physicians make sure families can relax and have fun during their stay.

At Camp Sunshine, each child has the opportunity to make a special wish. Campers make their own “wish boats” during arts and crafts time.

At a special ceremony, the boats are taken to the camp pond, their candles are lit, and the children make a wish and blow out the candles. The boats then become special souvenirs, tangible reminders of the children’s wishes at a happy time in their lives.

Types of Hand Surgery

Anthony Perrone
Anthony Perrone MD

Dr. Anthony Perrone studied for his MD at Dartmouth Medical School and serves as the chief plastic surgeon in the Department of General Surgery at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. Over the years, he has held plastic surgeon positions at such institutions as Tufts University and Harvard University. Although he handles a wide range of procedures, Anthony Perrone, MD, is particularly skilled in hand surgery. There are several different types of hand surgery that are performed based on the underlying problem that must be addressed. Below are just some of these different types:

Tendon repair. The tendons are responsible for attaching muscle to bone. They can become damaged due to trauma, spontaneous rupture, or infection. Tendon repairs are divided into three categories based on how soon the procedure is performed. Primary repairs occur within 24 hours of an injury while delayed primary repair is performed within a few days. Secondary repairs are done two to five weeks after the injury.

Carpal tunnel release. Often caused by repetitive movements, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the carpal tunnel ligament and bones at the hand’s base become inflamed. The pressure being placed on these nerves can be relieved through a carpal tunnel release procedure. As a result, movement and blood flow within the hand is improved.

Ganglion cyst removal. Ganglion cysts can form in the wrist and hand when synovial fluid, a thick fluid that helps joints move slowly, leaks out of joint and tendons. These cysts feel firm when they are pressed and are often found on the back of the wrist. In certain cases, the cysts will go away spontaneously. However, if they become painful or limit hand movement, surgical drainage or removal may be required.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery – Becoming a Diplomate

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American Board of Plastic Surgery
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Though Dr. Anthony Perrone focused on pharmaceutical work at the beginning of his career, he now puts his MD to work in the field of plastic surgery. At MaineGeneral Medical Center, Anthony Perrone, MD, serves as chief of plastic surgery. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 2010.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery was started in 1937 as interest in plastic surgery began to grow. Four years later, the American Medical Association recognized the discipline of plastic surgery to be worthy of a major specialty board.

To become board certified in plastic surgery, candidates must pass a set of examinations. The written exam is designed to test factual knowledge across many facets of plastic surgery.

A second examination, given orally, presents candidates with scenarios designed to test judgment and reasoning. Candidates are expected to explain and defend their strategies and often are faced with additional problems and complications.

Physicians become diplomates of the board after passing both exam sections. Certification expires after 10 years, requiring diplomates to engage in ongoing professional development to maintain their credentials.