Spring 2022

Location
Exeter
Date
19th May 2022
Venue
Mercure Hotel, Exeter
Host
Miss Nicola Fine
Secretary

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Spring 2022

Featured below is a YouTube presentation of the event:
Follow link for meeting agenda: Download

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The 2nd face-to-face meeting since the start of the covid pandemic took place at the Mercure Hotel in Exeter.  Miss Nicola Fine ably took over hosting duties ensuring a smooth running of the day and we welcomed guests from all over the South West to enjoy 2 days of education, debate and socialising. A notable absence from the SWOC meeting on the Friday was our very own Secretary, Mr Luke Brunton, who successfully contributed to a Guinness World Record for the longest game of Beach Rugby, totalling 34 hours for an event that raised more than £70,000. Well done Luke!

Thursday: Cementing Course, Plastering Course, SWAN Meeting, Black Tie Dinner

The event kicked off with a cementing course for trainees on the Thursday morning – it would be rude not to talk about cement in Exeter?! Tickets sold out fast and this proved to be a fantastic educational morning with expert lectures on key basic science concepts and plenty of opportunity to get hands on with saw bones and practise the techniques of implanting a total hip replacement with cement. World expert talks on cement and the Exeter Hip were delivered by Mr Jonathan Webb from Bristol and Mr Matthew Hubble from Exeter.

In the afternoon, trainees were transported to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital to take part in a plastering course. This was an opportunity to discuss and practise many types of plastering techniques under the expert supervision of plastering technicians from around the region.

The success of the last SWOC meeting being combined with the regional South West Paediatric Orthopaedic Group (SWPOG) meant we continued this format. This time the South West Arthroplasty Network (SWAN) assembled, engaging in great discourse about complex cases and further discussions about the ongoing development of the network.

The Black Tie SWOC dinner followed. We were treated to a 3 course meal and a memorable speech by Mr David Woods, who, with the help of a flip chart and marker pen, demonstrated some of the pertinent attributes that some orthopaedic surgeons have. This was fantastically well attended and the drinks that followed late into the night offered further opportunity for disinhibited networking and a good catch up with friends.

Friday: SWOC

We are again tremendously grateful to all our industry sponsors who make this event possible.

The meeting agenda followed the tried and tested format with three academic sessions during which 24 peer-reviewed abstracts were chosen for oral presentation. Thank you to our session chairs: Mr Jonathan Phillips, Miss Claire Spolton-Dean, Mr Ben Kent, Mr Ben Bradley, Mr Timothy Woodacre and Mr Patrick Reynolds.

Congratulations to the following presenters who were judged to be the best presentations in their session:

  1. Daniel Hill
  2. Jonathan Evans

Congratulation to Miss Flossie Carpenter for the overall best presentation and winner of the John Hannford Trophy:

THE IMPACT OF POST-OPERATIVE PERI-PROSTHETIC FEMORAL FRACTURE AFTER TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT: A QUALITATIVE STUDY

Carpenter CVE, Wylde V, Whitehouse MR, Moore AJ (University of Bristol)

This qualitative work on the impact of peri-prosthetic femoral fractures after total hip replacement was a particularly illuminating piece of work in an area where there is a huge amount still to learn and will undoubtedly be a topic that gains increasing emphasis as the burden of peri prosthetic fractures becomes better understood.

The Great Debate

The great debate has been a very welcome addition to the last two SWOC meetings and there was much anticipation ahead of this installment. Mr Jagodzinski chaired the debate with Severn Deanery represented by Mr Strang and Mr Filer, up against the Peninsula team of Mr Matthews and Mr Scattergood. Distal radius fracture management was the topic under the spotlight with the House Motion, “This House Believes That Closed Distal Radius Fractures In The Elderly With No Neurovascular Compromise Should Receive Non Operative Treatment”. This contentious topic certainly lived up to the hype and brought out some fantastic debate between the two teams. A pre and post interactive audience vote confirmed another victory for the Severn team after an extremely well-researched critical appraisal of the relevant literature from both sides, which culminated in the conclusion that there is still a place for surgery for these injuries in the elderly. A huge amount of effort clearly went into the preparation for the debate, which as well as appraising the literature, also left room for some jesting and good humoured quips.

Guest Presentation

Ms Hattie Branford-White from Oxford gave the guest presentation entitled “How and Why I Became a Tumour Surgeon”. Ms Branford-White has previously completed the Exeter Hip Fellowship and it was a privilege to invite her back down to Exeter. This was an enlightening talk on the process of becoming a tumour surgeon and the different pathways that can open the doors to this very varied type of work. It was especially inspiring to listen to some of the case presentations for work which trainees can often have limited exposure to in the South West.

Next Meeting

Our next Autumn meeting will be held in Weston, hosted by Koye Odutola. We will be following on with the format of a 2 day event with a research methods course for trainees to take place on the Thursday as well as a sub-specialist meeting to be confirmed.

SWOC Final Agenda May 2022