I would like to take this opportunity and welcome you all to this exceptional course at our hospital. In the centre of Germany with a population of approx. 5.3 million, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region is a richly varied and vibrant cultural, financial and economic centre, which, thanks to its major airport provides convenient connections to all continents of the world. At the centre of the Rhine-Main region, the “Kliniken des Main-Taunus-Kreises GmbH“ evolved more than 30 years ago from the merger of the district hospitals in Bad Soden and in Hofheim am Taunus. Under local sponsorship until today, the latest merger includes the Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst. This means that the Kliniken Frankfurt-Main-Taunus GmbH is now one of the largest maximum care hospitals in the Rhine-Main region, providing excellent patient care. Their clinical staffs are internationally known for providing excellent service and clinical research.
This 3rd theoretical and practical international course in peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery is designed to be a symposium comprising of three parts in a closely interwoven interdisciplinary cooperation. Participating from the Kliniken des Main-Taunus-Kreises GmbH are the department of Orthopaedics , Trauma and Neurosurgery and the department of Anaesthesia, which is headed by Professor Michael Booke. We are joined by the Institute of Anatomy of the Justus Liebig University, Giessen, which is headed by Professor Monika Wimmer. Course support is provided by the IT department of the Kliniken des Main-Taunus-Kreises GmbH, under the leadership of Mr. Thomas Hoffmann.
The first part of the scientific programme on 24th September 2018 comprises of a series of lectures and presentations by recognised international experts in the field of peripheral nerves. Topics range from compression neuropathies and extend into complex lesions of the brachial plexus and nerve tumours. Here I would like to extend my special thanks to Professor Jens Haase, professor emeritus of the Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Health Science and Medicine at Aalborg University in Denmark, who lectures on, “How can a trainee develop the surgical dexterity needed for neurosurgical operative procedures? How can we document that the dexterity has been reached through this training?” The day concludes with a discussion of special cases brought forward by course participants.
The second part of the course will take place on 25th September: a day mainly devoted to digital video transmission from the operating theatres of our hospital to the conference area which includes live communication so that the participants and the theatre team can communicate and exchange ideas. Several surgical procedures on the list will put to use cutting- edge technology available in the armamentarium of the peripheral nerve surgeon. The day ends with a social get together in one of the traditional pub-restaurants of Frankfurt where you will get a chance to taste local cuisine including a glass of Apfelwein – a sour cider which is a regional speciality.
The participants of the practical part travel to the anatomy laboratories of the Justus Liebig University of Giessen early morning on the 26th September 2018. Here they will have the opportunity to simulate endoscopic and exoscopic operative procedures on peripheral nerves in fresh human cadavers, thus learning the techniques not only by observing operative procedures, but also by means of performing the operations themselves under the guidance of experts.
These 3 days are not only a platform for the exchange of scientific thought- it is also a social get-together of like minded people from a diverse scientific, cultural and geographical background. This symposium is a fantastic opportunity to create new friendships and sustain already existing ones.
It is an honour for me personally to co-host this event at our department this year. I wish you all a pleasant stay and a great course.
Uwe Horas, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Neurosurgery
Krankenhaus Bad Soden, Kliniken des Main-Taunus-Kreises, Germany
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