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About Calvin Lee, MD

I'm a board certified general surgeon who is married to a board certified plastic surgeon (Dr. T. Tammy Wu). Together, we founded Surgical Artistry in 2006 in Modesto, CA. I arrived in Modesto in 2003 and originally worked as a general and trauma surgeon. I now have a practice focused on Acupuncture, Botox, Fillers, and Veins. My wife's practice is broad based plastic surgery which includes Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Liposuction, Cosmetic Eye Lid and Eye Brow Surgeries, Face Lift, Neck Lift, etc. I was originally from New York. New York City in fact. I went to College at Brown University. Then I continued there for Medical School for a total of 8 years. I did the initial portion of my surgery residency at Case Western Reserve then continued on at Southern Illinois University where I was able to join my wife in her first choice plastic surgery program. My office telephone number is (209) 551-1888 if you want an appointment. Disclaimer: Please see your physician in person for specific medical advice, this webpage is intended for information, not advice directed towards you.

Recovery after Tummy Tuck Surgery

copy-SurgicalArtistry_womanlogo-original-smaller.jpgWe get this very important question a lot.  In fact after “how much does a tummy tuck cost,” our next most common question is “what’s the recovery like after tummy tuck.”

This is a difficult question because of the complexities of the surgery and the uniqueness of each patient.  In fact there are several different types of tummy tucks too.  But I’ll try to simplify the answers as much as possible.

Disclaimer: please talk to your plastic surgeon in person.  My answers here are based on discussions with our Modesto Plastic Surgeon:  Dr. Tammy Wu.

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There’s recovery factors of pain

Patients usually are somewhat uncomfortable and taking pain killers for about 2 weeks after the procedure.  We do encourage the use of a pain pump after surgery which will lessen the worst part of the pain after surgery which is the first few days after the tummy tuck surgery.

When can one drive after Tummy Tuck surgery

Basically when one doesn’t feel the pain and is off the pain killers.  Plus one would need unrestricted movement so that one can see around the car.  Thus for most patients it’s about 3 weeks after the tummy tuck surgery – but everyone is different.  But if it’s driving a vehicle that requires much getting in and out of the car – such as a forklift – one would usually want to wait 6 weeks.  Getting in and out of a vehicle requires activation of core muscles which could potentially disrupt tummy tuck sutures.  See what I mean about this being a complex question with complex answers?

When can one go back to work after Tummy Tuck surgery?

  • Desk work only:  2-3 weeks.
  • Heavy lifting greater than 10 pounds: 6 weeks.

These are just rough guidelines.

When can one go back to lifting greater than 10 lbs?

After 6 weeks.

When can one go back to doing core exercises such as sit ups?

After 6 weeks.

What exercises can I do during the first 6 weeks after a Tummy Tuck?

Mainly walking.  In fact we encourage walking the day of your tummy tuck surgery – the same day – after the surgery.

See explanations at these valuable posts we made regarding core exercises, lifting, and going to work after Tummy Tuck Surgery:

So quick answers to the question: What’s the Recovery like after Tummy Tuck?

  • Back to desk work in 2-3 weeks
  • Back to usual activity lifting more than 10 lbs and exercising again in 6 weeks.

Please see us or your tummy tuck plastic surgeon to discuss your individual case.  Above info is just a generallization.

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Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

 

Recovery: How soon after a Tummy Tuck can I go back to work?

Thinking about back to work after a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

This is also a complex question which needs to be discussed in person with your Tummy Tuck Surgeon.  In our case – our Tummy Tuck surgeon in our Modesto practice is Dr. Tammy Wu.

If you do heavy lifting at work

the answer is 6 weeks after your tummy tuck.  You can consider returning to work after 6 weeks for heavy lifting (defined as greater than 10 pounds or more of lifting).

If you mainly do desk work

Or if you mainly do work that does not involve much squatting, core-muscle engagement or lifting.  Then the answer is about 2-3 weeks.

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2-3 weeks then back to desk work!

Yes, we’ve had some patients in Modesto who are highly motivated, go back to work in 2 weeks.

More Links regarding Recovery After a Tummy Tuck:

Please talk to your tummy tuck surgeon in person for specific details pertaining to your case.

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Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

Recovery: How soon can I do core exercises after Tummy Tuck?

Core exercises after Tummy Tuck?

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Many patients are excited about their new abdominal shape and want start doing core exercises such as sit ups.  We understand the excitement.  We also admire the eagerness to keep up your new investment of getting a tummy tuck.  However caution is key in the first few weeks.

How soon after a Tummy Tuck can one do sit ups?

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6 weeks in our general answer for sit ups or any other core exercises.  We don’t want patients to do core exercises too early because sutures from the tummy tuck procedure can become disrupted.

More Links regarding Recovery After a Tummy Tuck:

Disclaimer

Please talk to your plastic surgeon in person.  Our limitations is for our patients in Modesto, CA.  However each person is an individual and there are variables in surgery that might affect this recovery time.  More information about Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

Recovery after Tummy Tuck: How soon can I lift?

Recovery Questions after Tummy Tuck Surgery

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How soon can I lift after a tummy tuck?

These questions are always somewhat complex, but I’ll try to simplify based on what Modesto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tammy Wu has explained.  For the most part one should refrain from lifting >5-10 lbs for 6 weeks.  The 5 lb limit would be the first half of the 6 weeks and the 10 pound limit should be for the latter part of the 6 week limit.  6 weeks is chosen because that’s the time when the wound recovery strength after tummy tuck is about 90% of it’s final strength which would occur about 1 year later.

Quick answer?

You can get back to lifting after 6 weeks.

Long answer?

Come talk with us at Surgical Artistry.  There is no specific medical advice here.  Please talk to your plastic surgeon regarding his or her specific advice to you regarding your recovery process after Tummy Tuck surgery.

More Links about Recovery After Tummy Tuck Operation:

 

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

Cost of the Tummy Tuck Pain Pump

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Price of the Pain Pump used for Tummy Tucks

Cash prices vary, and they can be different than insurance prices for Pain Pumps.  One of the hospitals in Modesto, Stanislaus Surgical Hospital has recently quoted us $160.00 for the On-Q PainBuster Post-Op Pain Relief System.  This price was just updated and verified for June 2013.  Please check with us for more specific prices.  They will probably tend to go up with inflation, but this price will serve as a rough guideline.  For our plastic surgical practice in Modesto, CA, this is a pass through directly to the patient without any mark up from us.  We are happy to implant this pain pump for you after the surgery and you will discuss this in detail at your Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. Tammy Wu if you were to become a patient of ours.

What are these pain pumps?

They are small external pumps filled with pain medicine such as marcaine or lidocaine with a tubing that goes through the skin and into the painful incisions and muscle tightening areas of the tummy tuck surgery.  The exit site of this pump is very similar to the drains which my be placed with Tummy Tuck surgery.  These pain pumps are made by various companies.  On-Q PainBuster is one of the brands of pain pumps which we use.  These pain pumps are also used after other surgeries.  They are not specific to tummy tuck surgery.

Size of the pain pump?

The size of the pain pump is about the size of a single fist.  Most of the time there is a pouch with a zipper that hides it all and it is battery operated.

When is the pain pump removed after Tummy Tuck Surgery?

It is usually empty after about 4 days.  This gives you added support to your pain management for about 4 days after your tummy tuck procedure.

 

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

Drains after Tummy Tuck

Drains are commonly used for Tummy Tuck Surgery

This article describes the post operative experience of having drains in place.

Description of the drains

The drains use vary somewhat, but the most common drains have either a canal along a tube pattern or holes along a slender hollow piece of tubing.  At the end of the tubing which is outside the body is a suction bulb.  The suction bulb of the drain is placed in a squeezed down position and sealed; thus providing negative pressure.  These are closed drains as opposed to drains which are open to the air.  Blake drains is one type of drain and the other type of drain is none as a Jackson Pratt drain – but these are technical terms usually reserved for the surgeon to communicate with the rest of the team.

Usage of the drains

These drains with bulbs at the end (sometimes they are affectionately called grenades) are placed under the skin of the tummy tuck flap, across the abdomen.  In our Modesto, California practice we are in the routine of using two drains.  And we have the drains come out of separate incisions.  This is separate from the Tummy Tuck incision as a strategy to avoid infection.  The tubes of the drains are sutured securely to the skin.

Reason for the drains

The body normally tends to collect fluid – sometimes called seroma.  This seroma gets in the way of healing and creates unfavorable contours.  Thus the drains are used to drain away the seroma which the body normal creates.  Sometimes the drains are also used to indicate if there is any postoperative bleeding after tummy tuck surgery.

Removal of the surgical drains

In our Modesto, California Plastic Surgery practice, Dr. Tammy Wu has instructed her patients to record their daily outputs.  She uses less than 30 cc’s per day of drainage fluid to be a possible indication for removal.  She usually considers removing one drain at a time.  During this post operative period after the tummy tuck surgery, patients are in close contact with Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon.  The drains are removed in the office.  Most patients report minimal discomfort, and are usually glad that they are out.

How long are surgical drains in place?

The time varies tremendously between individuals as to how long the drains are in place.  Sometimes they are in for 1 week, and other times they are in for a month.  During this time period, we usually consider orally taken antibiotics.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

Muscle Tightening with Full Tummy Tuck

The purpose of this page is to discuss in some introductory detail about the muscle tightening option portion of a Tummy Tuck procedure.  For most plastic surgery patients, this is considered a crucial part of a Tummy Tuck, according to Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon.

Before discussing muscle tightening, let’s discuss some anatomical features of the anterior part of the abdomen.

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Rectus Abdominus Muscle

  • This is the muscle that runs up and down the front of the abdomen
  • When very toned, it gives a person a “6-pack” or some other variable number.
  • It is separated by a thin fascia (sometimes known as the linea alba) that connects the left and right sides of this muscle.

Rectus Diastasis

  • Sometimes this thin fascia in the middle of the Rectus Abdominus Muscle (Linea Alba) can start to separate due to pregnancy or being over weight.
  • This is not a hernia
  • It is sometimes thought to be a hernia.  Detailed surgical examination, physical exam, patient surgical history and radiological studies can sometimes help us determine if it’s a hernia or rectus diastasis.   We consider a hernia a medical problem, but a rectus diastasis to be cosmetic issue.

Muscle Tightening of the Rectus Abdominus Muscle

  • This is commonly done with a Tummy Tuck.
  • Involves bringing the muscle closer together on the midline – called plication.
  • Various methods are used with sutures.
  • We prefer interrupted, separate sutures which are of a permanent material, but soft.
  • The plication occurs for the entire length (vertically – up and down) of the abdomen in the middle.
  • No separate skin incision is needed for this.  Through the lower incision used in the Tummy Tuck (left and right / horizontal) incision, we dissect through that incision to be able to reach all the way up to nearly the xiphoid process, which is the bottom of the chest bone (sternum).
  • There is no entry into the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) with these sutures.  It’s just in the muscle layer only.

Muscle Tightening narrows the abdominal girth in the middle of the abdomen

  • It gives more of that hour glass shape
  • Muscle tightening is not part of a panniculectomy procedure (which is a “tummy tuck  – like” procedure that simply removes the skin and fat tissue).
  • But muscle tightening is certainly an option considered in Tummy Tuck procedure.

Post Operative Discomfort

  • It does add to some more post operative discomfort, but we like to recommend that patients have us use a disposable pain pump to conteract the possible added discomfort with muscle tightening
  • The pain pump is available, usually for a separate cost, paid directly to our Modesto Area Hospitals which we currently operate in.
  • Most of our Tummy Tucks in Modesto, CA are with the muscle tightening procedure option.
Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

About Tammy Wu, MD, Modesto Plastic Surgeon

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Tzuying Tammy Wu, MD

Plastic Surgery

  • Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Co-founded Surgical Artistry with her husband.
Dr. Tammy Wu is a member of the ASPS

Dr. Tammy Wu is a member of the ASPS

Educational Institutions

  • Woodward Academy – boarding pre college years in Georgia.  Formerly known as Georgia Military Academy
  • Brown University Biochemistry Degree – Program in Liberal Medical Education
  • Brown University Medical School – graduated #1 in her medical school class
  • Southern Illinois University Integrated Residency in Plastic Surgery – under the guidance of Dr. Elvin Zook.

Plastic Surgery Publications

  • Wu T-Y, Brown RE. “Antegrade venous drainage in a reverse radial forearm flap” Accepted, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Brown RE, Wu TT. “Use of ‘Spare Parts’ in Mutilated Upper Extremity Injuries”. Hand Clinics 19 (1):73, 2003.
  • Russell RC, Bueno RA, Wu TT. “Secondary Procedures Following Mutilating Hand Injuries”. Hand Clinics 19(1):149, 2003.

Plastic Surgery Research

Creating an new external ear using techniques of tissue engineering and cultured cells in an animal model. The presentation of this research won first place at the Illinois American College of Surgeons Conference in Galena, IL.

 Hospital Privileges

Hobbies

Besides constantly thinking about how to improve upon plastic surgical procedures such as Tummy Tucks, she has other activities that helps her lead a balanced life.

  • Practicing good health
  • Gluten Free Baking
  • Learning more about Buddhism
  • Piano
  • Marathon Running – she helped to start the Annual Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

About the Genesis of Surgical Artistry and Life in Modesto

The page above is all serious, and now visit this page for a more fun look at our lives and our careers as surgeons in Modesto, CA.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
www.SurgeryToday.com
(209) 551-1888

About Us

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Who are we?

Sometimes I wonder myself about that question.  Are we from outer space?

I am Dr. Calvin Lee, and I’m writing this section.  Dr. Tammy Wu, my wife doesn’t like to talk about herself much and says that her “results speaks for themselves.”  Therefore she thinks that this section doesn’t need to be written.  But I’m of the believe that the more you know about us, the more at ease you’ll feel if you picked us to be your surgeons.

Dr. Wu may have graduated #1 from Ivy League Medical School, but I got this award, ha!

Dr. Wu may have graduated #1 from Ivy League Medical School, but I got this award, ha!

First, yes we’re married.

We get that question once in a while.  Or people act surprised when they find out that we’re married.  We love working together and have no problem seeing each other every waking moment.  But that doesn’t actually happen because I’m usually on one side of the office and Dr. Tammy Wu is on the other side of the office.  Plus she has her own procedures and I have my own procedures too.  We will come together and do one of our favorite procedures:  The Tummy Tuck.  This is a procedure where I get to be an assistant to the surgery.  And if you pick Dr. Tammy Wu to be your surgeon, you’ll get another surgeon to be your assistant (this is special) – no, not for free, but it’s at a good price – you shall see.  Normally you’ll get a nurse or a tech as an assistant, but for the Tummy Tucks, I like to help.

But I understand, perhaps our different last names threw you off.  But here’s my take on it.  Do you really want another “Dr. Lee” to confuse you?  So we are Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu – and hopefully you won’t get confused.

Secondly, yes, I’m a man, and my wife is a woman.

What? That’s my reaction too.  But I hear our team members on the phone saying this.  Yes, Dr. Lee is a man.  I had to think about this for a while.  Why are they saying this to the patients?  It must be because the patients are confused.  You know I have a deep voice (have you heard my Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon radio announcements?), and I have short hair.  So there should be no confusion.  But alas, I think I figured it out.  There is a neighboring town very close to Modesto, CA called Turlock, CA.  In Turlock there is another physician group of a husband and wife and they are in Family Medicine.  Guess what their names are?  It’s Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu also, but the Dr. Lee is the wife in that case and Dr. Wu is the husband.  I heard they have a good reputation so it’s all good if they got us confused, but the male/female husband/wife thing is different when you go from the Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu of Modesto to the Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu of Turlock.  Okay?  So Dr. Lee, me, is a man in this case.  And you should know that my wife’s full name is Dr. Tzuying Tammy Wu.  I think Tammy gives it away that she’s a woman.  But if we went by “Tzuying” – it would be harder to pronounce, plus it would add further to the gender confusion.

So in summary, Turlock has a Dr. Lee/Wu group and they are a Family Practice Physician and their genders are reversed from us.   We are the Dr. Lee/Wu group of Modesto and we are Surgeons.  Dr. Tammy Wu (my wife) is a plastic surgeon, and I’m (Dr. Calvin Lee) a general surgeon.  I’m sure this is clear now.  Or clear as mud so they say.

Did we go to School?  Harvard or Brown?

Well, I’ve never gotten this question before, but if you look at Dr. Tammy Wu, it seems as if she was born a surgeon.  She operates like she was born to do it and was a natural throughout her training.  But that might be the case.  Look at her family, she comes from a family of 16 doctors (including cousins).  Some of these guys are big wigs at Harvard University.  Her father was a Gynecological Surgeon.  Her brothers are anesthesiologist and musculoskeletal radiologist

Did I mention she graduated #1 from her Ivy League Medical School?  Let me back up a second.  I met Dr. Tammy Wu because we were both in the same program at Brown University.  It was called the Program in Liberal Medical Education.  They prided themselves in a broad based curriculum – drawing from all different types of knowledge – not just focused narrowly on biology.  Well, this program is very competitive and they take 60 or less folks per year (from around the world) to enroll at Brown University for this type of medical training.  For 8 years, I hung around these same 60 genius students, and we’ve become very close because the training was 8 years to become a physician.  Of those 60 folks, 3 in our class (yes Dr. Wu and I were in the same class and we met Freshman year) got the ability to boast that they turned Harvard down to go to this program at Brown University.  I was one of those 3.  But in the end my wife graduated on top of the class and got the honors for doing that.  We are very grateful for Brown for the opportunity for a great medical education which helped us challenge the norm, and helped us think independently and as people call it “outside the box” for unique and challenging medical situations.  After those 8 years at Brown.  Dr. Wu and I went to surgery training programs for another 6 more years for a total of 14 years after high school.  Dr. Wu went to Southern Illinois University (Springfield) for her dream plastic surgery training.  Some of the best plastic surgeons have emerged from that program, and she did the research and wanted to go there. I went to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland initially for my general surgery training.  Eventually, I was given the opportunity to transfer to be at the same program as Dr. Tammy Wu.  Coincidentally, my initial program in Cleveland opened up a spot for her so she could join me, so we had flexibility in options, but we chose for me to transfer to be closer to her.

Are we board certified?

Dr. Tzuying T. Wu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  You have to search her name in the board certified website via Tzuying Wu.  And I (Dr. Calvin Lee) am board certified by the American Board of Surgery.  In the end, our own take on this – we are all continually improving ourselves, and board certification for us is the minimal standard for ourselves in our field of aesthetic medicine and surgery.  So we continue to learn from our patients and improve.  We feel that our patients are the best teachers we’ve ever had.

Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee operating together in Modesto, CA

Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee operating together in Modesto, CA

Tzuying Tammy Wu is a woman plastic surgeon

Yes, now that we’ve established that Dr. Wu is a woman.  Did you know that there are only 668 women plastic surgeons in the US as of May 2012 according to ASPS membership.  ASPS is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Basically women make up 13% of plastic surgeons in the ASPS.  Dr. Wu herself is a consumer of plastic surgery and for certain aspects of plastic surgery, women plastic surgeons bring some unique perspectives to the field.  We think that this is an advantage.

2012 data reveals 668 women plastic surgeons

My sacrifice in residency allowed us to land in Modesto in  2003

Sacrifice? Well, it wasn’t really that severe.  I left my cozy comfortable surgical residency in Cleveland to join her in her hard core Southern Illinois University program.  When we finished our 6 years of surgery training, she stated that I should choose where we wanted to live next and that she would just follow.  Wow, how nice.  I am originally from New York City and I wanted to get away from City life and try my hand at country living.  So I initially chose a small wonderful town in Kansas, a town of about 10,000 people.  I was all ready to sign the generous contract from that very friendly town and Dr. Wu was all ready to let me sign the contract.  Then her wise family got involved and had me think about the benefit of having family close by.  The family plan was to get all the Wu siblings into Los Angeles.  Because I am flexible and want everyone to be happy.  I started the search again for a place to practice in Los Angeles.  I actually got job offers in Los Angeles and San Diego, but for some reason I didn’t like those areas (I’m starting to wonder now, if I’d like those areas – but that was back in 2003 when I was making these decisions).  Crazy that I turned down a job in San Diego right?  Well, the medical recruiter thought so too, as did the program in San Diego who basically slammed the phone down on me after telling me that they had 100 applicants for that position.  Oops, I think he got angry.

Then I looked at a town called Reedley and Selma, but I set the hotel on fire (for real) while interviewing and thought that was a bad omen, and broadened out my search, and finally found a wonderful general surgery/trauma surgery job in Modesto, CA.  Modesto was a great place for trauma surgery.  I was happy with the job, and Dr. Tammy Wu grew her base of patients rapidly in Modesto.  And we’ve been happy in Modesto.  Because my wife has an extensive list of doctor relatives, we eventually found out that our closest relative (who happens to be a doctor) is in Stockton, California.  But alas, no relatives in Modesto, CA.  But really, our patients and our team at Surgical Artistry is our extended family.

Almond Orchards in our Backyard in Modesto, CA

We still visit the rest of Dr. Tammy Wu’s family in Los Angeles often.  In fact, we even got some jobs with a medically related company in Los Angeles.  Dr. Wu became board of directors of the Cooperative of American Physicians, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, and I got a job in that company too (doesn’t sound as impressive as board of directors – but my position suits me well, I think).  In fact, we have a following of Los Angeles patients who come to our office – so that’s great – it’s quite a drive and we require a 1 week hotel stay afterwards, but perhaps they think it’s worth it, and if they do come, we will definitely make it worth it.  All the patients and their families that have stayed in Modesto for a week after their surgery think, like we do, that Modesto is a great place.

Christopher Columbus landed in America in 1492 and we landed in Modesto in 2003.  There are plenty of strange places in this world to explore and Modesto is our home now.

Where are you from?

No, we really are not from outer space.  At least we don’t think so.  I’m (Dr. Calvin Lee) from New York.  I was born in Queens New York.  Dr. Tammy Wu was born in Taipei Taiwan, then came to boarding school in what used to be known as Georgia Military Academy – later named for one of the most influential US generals, Woodward Academy.  Then we eventually met at Brown University in 1989.  Brown University is in Providence, Rhode Island, part of the New England area of the United States.

I can’t believe you read all the way down here!

Or did you just skip a whole bunch of stuff in the middle.  Perhaps Dr. Tammy Wu is right, our rich academic history doesn’t matter, our “results should speak for themselves.”  I think it’s also good practice to admit that the wife is right.

We have the highest educational background one could wish for – so we’re thankful for that, and we hope to pass on our educational royalty on to our patients.

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Side note: Surgery Today is actually a international surgery journal.  However I got to the domain name first way back in the 1990’s, so I’m using it for myself.  I had no idea that there was a journal named Surgery Today.  I just thought it was a good name for our website.