In the beginning of April, the Advanced Sinus Surgery Course took place in the Academic Medical Center (AMC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, organized by Prof. Wytske Fokkens, present head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the AMC and chairman of the ENT Section of the EAACI.
This two-day course aimed at extending both the theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills of ENT surgeons beyond the boundaries of the sinonasal cavity. This first course was attended by 55 participants from 10 different countries. The teacher of honour was Professor Valerie Lund, London, U.K., authority in the field of sinus surgery and well-known for her contribution to sinonasal tumor surgery. The lectures by the board of teachers covered a wide range of topics, from image-guided surgical navigation and powered instrumentation, to mucocoeles, hypophysectomy, frontal sinus surgery, endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy, orbital decompression, sinonasal tumor surgery and handling of complications after sinus surgery.
During the course, participants were allowed to actively train their operative skills in endoscopic sinus surgery on cadaver heads. The facilities made available for each of the participants were high-standard, including whole skulls, CT scans of the skulls, own monitors and powered instruments (cfr. pictures). The dissection manual was especially designed for the course and guided the participants step-by-step through the different sinus surgery techniques with emphasis on helpful tips and highlighting pitfalls of sinus surgery.
As an ENT surgeon, I recommend this course to ENT surgeons with special interest in sinus surgery as most participants rated the quality of the course from very good to excellent. The next course will be held in April 2005.
Pic 1: Overview of training facility in the dissection room.
Pic 2: Professor Wytske Fokkens in discussion during the sinus surgery training session.