A National Orthopaedic Conference in non-invasive hip surgery took place at the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre this week. Over 50 surgery trainees from the Irish national training programme attended the event to explore various aspects of hip surgery with a specific focus on minimally invasive hip surgery techniques.
Mr David Cogley, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore chaired the event.
Guest speaker was Dr Erik De Witte, Orthopaedic and Arthroplasty Surgeon, of ASZ Hospital in Belgium. Dr De Witte is one of the pioneers of muscle and nerve sparing surgery in hip replacement. Tullamore Regional Hospital is a centre of excellence for a new less invasive hip replacement surgery which uses techniques which involve less pain around the time of surgery and faster recovery times.
Live surgery transmissions of two minimally invasive hip replacement procedures were transmitted from the operating theatre suite at Tullamore Regional Hospital to the Conference. Lectures were provided by a number of leading orthopaedic surgeons including Professor Kevin Mulhall, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital and Mr Tom McCarthy, St James’s Hospital on the topic of the management of early arthritis. Further lectures were provided by the Tullamore Regional Hospital Orthopaedic Unit on recent advances in pre-operative assessment, joint school education, day of admission surgery and rapid rehabilitation.
Discussing the event, Mr David Cogley, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore said: “The Orthopaedic Conference was a great success and we enjoyed some excellent presentations from some of Europe’s leading specialists in hip surgery. We were delighted to be able to host the event locally in the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre, which is a truly unique and inspiring venue to invite people along to.”
The Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre is due to host a number of corporate events throughout 2013.