The annual Brisbane Microtia & Atresia conference was once again an impressive event offering important information and support to Australian families. I’ve summarised a few of the common questions families asked me regarding having ear reconstruction in Australia if they choose to go down that path.
On Friday 11 October I am convening the inaugural Facial Nerve Symposium for the Sydney Facial Nerve Service at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Specialists, junior doctors, medical students and allied health staff with an interest in reconstructive head and neck surgery and facial paralysis surgery are invited to hear from leading specialists in Ophthalmology, ENT/Head & Neck and Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery and Allied Health exploring new technologies and techniques in the pursuit of improved patient outcomes through shared knowledge and experience.
My chosen area of specialty, Plastic Surgery, is arguably one of the best known fields of medicine, but often for all the wrong reasons. However a quick look back at the history of this profession will open your eyes to the power of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery to transform lives, and explain why it continues to spark my passion.
Translating technological advances that are happening all around us into everyday improvements in patient care is the great challenge for this generation of medical professionals. Last week I completed an amazing program that has revolutionised my thinking. I was proud to stand alongside a wonderful group of fellow graduates who will all make an impact in the healthcare landscape.
Last Monday another young Australian boy received a 3D printed ear implant. While this is the second for Australia, he also a “first” because he received a bone anchored hearing aid implant during the same operation. Usually done over 2 separate operations, this procedure is the first of its kind in Australia.
A wrap up of my week delivering surgical education in Vietnam. It was a pleasure to be able to pass on ear reconstruction and microtia techniques, and it also struck me that teaching others requires me to hone my own skills and to reflect deeply on exactly how and why I make decisions. It is an intense experience but certainly makes me a better surgeon.