Use of an Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) or a “Biologic” with an implant is the new gold standard in Implant-based Breast Reconstruction. I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to lecture and demonstrate on 2 courses this year so far to bring our experience of the technique to oncoplastic surgeons and breast plastic surgeons from around the country and the world.
On 5th April 2013 the first workshop of its kind was held in Nottingham at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, hosted by Q Medical and TEI Biosciences. I was joined on the faculty by internationally respected oncoplastic surgeon and co-founder of ORBS, Mr Douglas Macmillan. The highlight was undoubtedly the presentation made by BRCA 2 gene carrier Ms Fiona Luscombe who along with her father recounted her personal experiences of genetic testing and risk reducing mastectomies with bilateral implant /ADM reconstructions.
Last weekend, July 12-13 2013, Guy’s & St Thomas’s and King’s College in London was the venue for a new International ADM Course with guest speakers from Rome, Italy (Prof Stefano Pompei) and Tel Aviv, Israel (Prof Michael Scheflan), Mumbai, India (Prof Vani Pamar) and Boston, USA (Bret Jessee, TEI) along with a broad faculty of speakers from across Britain including Ms Zoe Winters (Bristol), and Isabella Karat (Frimley Park & RCSEng).
The course was accredited by BASO (British Association of Surgical Oncology) and ESSO (European Society of Surgical Oncology).
Special thanks to Mr Michael Douek, Mr Ashutosh Kothari, Hisham Hamed and Tibor Kovacs from Guys and St Thomas’s for pulling together a comprehensive weekend of lectures, workshops and live-operating for delegates from across the world.