Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thank you FESSH!

Federation of the European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) supports the development of reconstructive tetraplegia hand surgery throughout Europe. The annual courses in Hungary focus on assessments, surgical restoration techniques and post-surgery rehabilitation of upper extremity function in patients with spinal cord injuries. FESSH also helps interested hand surgeons to find centers specialized in this particular field. It also provides a forum at the annual FESSH congress to exchange scientific information and experiences in tetraplegia hand surgery. At the recent FESSH congress in Bucharest, Romania, the hand surgeons Andreas Gohritz, Carina Reinholdt and Jan Fridén presented several papers regarding surgical options to restore hand control by nerve transfer, spasticity-reducing operations and composite operations for individuals who have sustained high-level injuries after diving in shallow water. Thanks to FESSH, tetraplegia hand surgery education and research is maintained at high-standards which is the best guarantees that persons living with tetraplegia in Europe will have access to modern treatments.