Welcome Address-KGK

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Surgery of Peripheral Nerves and Brachial Plexus is a watershed area between surgical specialties. Since peripheral nerve injuries are mainly associated with injuries to the extremities, orthopædic and trauma surgeons get to treat nerve injuries often.  Functional reanimation procedures for long-standing irreparable sequelae of nerve injuries are frequently performed by plastic surgeons. Being part of the nervous system, peripheral nerve lesions attract the attention of neurosurgeons, especially with an evolving armamentarium of surgical technology to monitor neuronal function.

In fact, all three specialties have evolved exceptional insights and techniques to offer towards the optimisation of surgical strategies in peripheral nerve problems. Some examples are treatment of concomitant injuries, development of technologies enabling us to perform intraoperative nerve diagnostics and to monitor existing neuronal activity, techniques to circumvent lost nerve function in chronic lesions, yet restore functionality. Furthermore, preoperative physiological and morphological diagnostics as well as postoperative follow-up by physical therapy, individualised splinting and pain management make the treatment of peripheral nerves a truly interdisciplinary challenge.

Thus all major meetings on peripheral nerves display a diversity of specialties, which no other medical field can boast of. A modern training programme in reconstructive nerve surgery, having begun within the realms of one of the abovementioned surgical specialties, expands into other fields in form of fellowships & exchange, and acquires an interdisciplinary character- at an international level.

Since the turn of the century there is a reawakening of interest in nerves, which can be seen in the increasing number of scientific papers published and training courses offered. The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies has made it one of its aims to buttress this renaissance of peripheral nerves. The two previous courses in Leon, Spain (2016) and in Belgrade, Serbia (2017) have been extraordinarily successful.

We have been entrusted with the honour and responsibility of organising the 3rd course in Germany this year. We hope to do justice to this trust.

Organising this meeting would not have been possible without the support of the local protectorates. I would like to mention my special thanks to the following individuals and institutions:

Mr. Helmut Krechel, Managing Director of Main Taunus Kliniken GmbH
IT- Department at Bad Soden: Mr. Thomas Hoffmann, Mr. Björn Eckert & Mr. Ralf Geissler
Professor Michael Booke, Chairman of the Department of Anæsthesia, Bad Soden Hospital and his team
Support team at Bad Soden: Mr. Giannino Basile, Mr. Stefan Blohm, Ms. Stephanie Groß, Ms. Alexandra Grün, Mr. Michael Meister, Ms. Claudia Planz, Ms. Beate Willschied
Support team at Giessen: Ms. Jutta Ertl, Mr. Mike Golaszynski.

Co-hosts of the meeting:
Professor Uwe Horas, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics & Trauma and Neurosurgery, Bad Soden Hospital
Professor Eberhard Uhl, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Justus Liebig University, Giessen
Professor Monika Wimmer, Department of Anatomy, Justus Liebig University, Giessen
Sponsors: Karl Storz GmbH & Co., Krauth & Timmermann GmbH, BrainLab and Medicon

I would like to thank our exceptional international faculty of experts and our participants for travelling from far-off countries to be here and to support this meeting (the names are listed separately).

Last, but not the least, I sincerely applaud and appreciate the efforts of our patients, who have agreed to anonymously participate in the symposia.

I hope you enjoy the academic exchange and the social interaction.

Kartik G. Krishnan, MD, PhD
Head of the Division of Neurosurgery
Department of Orthopædics, Trauma and Neurosurgery
Krankenhaus Bad Soden, Kliniken des Main Taunus Kreises, Germany