Tuesday, May 6, 2014

6th Reconstructive Tetraplegia Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation Course completed

Intensive discussions
We have just completed the 6th Tetrahand Surgery course.  This time it was arranged as a collaboration between the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil and University of Basel, Switzerland.  The course attracted 50 participants with equally many surgeons and therapists a
nd representing 18 nationalities.  
Organizing team and faculty
Surgical instructions
The lectures included a wide range of topics e.g. Introduction and Overview (Concepts and Procedures), The Role of Rehabilitation Medicine in Tetrahand Surgery, Assessments and Preparation, Surgical techniques for Triceps and Grip Reconstructions, Nerve Transfers, Spasticity-reducing Surgery, Patient-Focused Outcome Measurements and Clinical Cases. A  particularly interesting and entertaining contribution was Dr Turcsanyi´s lecture about "How to Start a new Tetraplegia Hand Service". 
Participants and Faculty

Therapist Practical Training
In addition to lectures and discussions, the course also offered practical training for both surgeons and therapists i.e., Cad-Lab training of suture techniques as well as nerve and tendon transfer surgical training for surgeons and assessments, splinting methods, electrical muscle stimulation and specific rehabilitation protocols for triceps and grip reconstructions for therapists. The practical day was finished by demonstrations of the Surgical Procedures to all participants.
The course was wrapped up with open discussions covering many aspects of Tetrahand Surgery.