Maxillofacial blog post – Mr Samuel Mattine
A blog post from Mr Samuel Mattine, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, who talks about his recent experience, being invited to speak at an international conference on maxillofacial surgery.
"I was recently invited to speak at an international maxillofacial surgery meeting in Tehran, Iran. This was an excellent and well-attended meeting, covering a variety of topics by several well-distinguished international speakers from US, China, France, Germany and Spain amongst others. The meeting was organised by the Shahid Beheshti University, the largest university teaching hospital in Iran.
The main meeting was preceded by live operating, offering complex, reconstructive microvascular surgery to two deserving patients with craniofacial pathology. One patient in particular was a 12-year-old child who had lost three quarters of her mandible following resection for cancer at seven years old. She was left with significant deformity and poor quality of life as she as she could not have this complex reconstruction locally. The young girl had unsuccessfully seen several specialists in different cities over the years, hoping to have her face reconstructed. I was very honoured to be asked to operate on these patients and have the opportunity to offer them a return to a normal quality of life.
Additionally, this proved to be an excellent educational opportunity for the local residents in maxillofacial surgery, ENT and orthopaedics, as many of them were able to attend the operating theatre and witness the advanced microvascular reconstructive techniques first hand. This may in the long term help the availability of such complex procedures locally. I am very pleased to report that both these patients have done extremely well and were discharged couple of weeks later.
I subsequently gave two lectures at the conference, one on challenging reconstructions in head and neck and a second lecture on advanced innovations in head and neck surgery. This was very well received by the organising committee who mentioned their appreciation during the closing ceremony.
This would not have been possible without the charitable support and assistance of several medical companies who contributed in providing the surgical tools and instrumentations that were not available locally. The generous support of; Mercian Surgical, Cook Medical, PDR, Synthes, Ethicon and Huntleigh Diagnostics, made it possible for such acts of kindness, allowing us to make difference in the lives of these well deserving patients. I would like to express my deepest thanks for their support and contribution which proved crucial in my ability to offer these complex and life changing procedures.
Additionally, I am very grateful to my our local colleagues in the maxillofacial lab at WRH, namely Mr Gareth Robinson and Mr Ian Collins took time out of their own hours to prefabricate the metal template required for this surgery. With this generous act and contribution, they have demonstrated their deep commitment to patient care.
The organising committee, particularly Dr Pourdanesh as the president of the congress and Dr Behnia, the chair of department of maxillofacial surgery, have asked me to convey their thanks to this trust and gratitude. It is my hope that as a trust we will be able to continue with helping these patients in need and contribute to improving patient care and surgical standards overseas."