International surgery experts set to descend on Norfolk for conference

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney. - Credit: Evening News © 2009

Consultants from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Norfolk-based charity Keeping Abreast will be hosting an international conference in reconstructive microsurgery next week.

Experts from the USA, Taiwan, India, UK and Europe will discuss current concepts, techniques and outcomes of microsurgical reconstruction used in treating patients with breast cancer, head and neck cancers, as well as hand, lower limb and transplantation surgery.

The conference 'Advances and Controversies in Reconstructive Microsurgery' is being held at Dunston Hall Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday and is open to surgeons from across the world.

Andrea Figus, consultant plastic surgeon at N&N, who has organised the event, said: 'We are really excited to be hosting what looks set to be a fantastic event with world renowned international experts giving a series of talks. 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.'

Amongst the 30 speakers, includes Robert Allen from the USA, who performed the first diep flap technique for transferring tissue from the abdomen to breast, Professor Simon Kay from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the first surgeon to perform a hand transplant in the UK, Professor Jesse Selber from the USA, specialist in robotic-assisted microsurgery, Dr Maria Siemionow from the USA, pioneer in face transplantation, and Professor Ming-Huei Cheng from Taiwan, expert in microvascular lymph node transfer.

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