International plastic surgery experts descend on Norfolk to share their knowledge at conference

The Reconstructive Microsurgery conference at Dunston Hall. Four speakers, from left, Anthony MacQuillan, Thomas Giesen, Philippe Liverneaux, and Hari Venkatramani. Picture: Denise Bradley The Reconstructive Microsurgery conference at Dunston Hall. Four speakers, from left, Anthony MacQuillan, Thomas Giesen, Philippe Liverneaux, and Hari Venkatramani. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
5:34 PM

Plastic surgeons from across the globe have begun sharing their stories of pioneering new treatments at a conference near Norwich.

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The Reconstructive Microsurgery conference at Dunston Hall. Speaker Thomas Giesen from Switzerland. Picture: Denise BradleyThe Reconstructive Microsurgery conference at Dunston Hall. Speaker Thomas Giesen from Switzerland. Picture: Denise Bradley

More than 150 delegates took their seats today for the start of a two day seminar, which aims to show that Norfolk is a world player when it comes to medical advances in breast reconstruction surgery.

Experts from the USA, India, Europe and Taiwan joined surgeons based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to talk about advances in microsurgery techniques in treating patients with breast cancer, head and neck cancers, as well as hand, lower limb and transplantation surgery.

The conference at Dunston Hall was organised by consultants from the N&N to showcase their work and encourage top surgeons from around the world to share best practice.

The Colney hospital is a centre of excellence for microsurgical reconstruction and treats patients from across Norfolk and Suffolk as well as parts of Essex and Cambridgeshire. The plastic surgery department carry out around 200 microsurgery procedures every year.

The Reconstructive Microsurgery conference at Dunston Hall. Speaker Henk Giele. Picture: Denise BradleyThe Reconstructive Microsurgery conference at Dunston Hall. Speaker Henk Giele. Picture: Denise Bradley

Andrea Figus, consultant plastic surgeon, who organised the event, said the conference, entitled ‘Advances and Controversies in Reconstructive Microsurgery’ had taken a year to organise.

“We thought it was the right time to show that we are world leaders and get all of the big faculties from around the world to share what we are doing. It is about sharing best practice.”

“We are trying to match what is offered at the Norfolk and Norwich with New York, London and Rome. The response has been really good and every surgeon present has the possibility to share experience to improve.”

“We will be sharing experiences of current research and technology to encourage collaboration between micro-surgeons and the event is open to microsurgical trainees too,” he said.

Norfolk-based charity, Keeping Abreast, has also helped run the event, which continues tomorrow with discussions on face transplantation and lower limb reconstruction.

Victoria White, national development manager for the charity, said: “Keeping Abreast has always worked hand-in-hand with the team from department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at NNUH and Mr Figus and his team have successfully operated on many of our members, so we are delighted to support this exciting and pioneering conference.”

For more information about the conference, visit www.acrm-norwich2014.org

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