Weston 2016

18th November 2016
Weston Grand Pier
Koye Odutola, Mark Price & Dr Lindsay Smith


SWOC Autumn meeting 2016

Weston SWOC Meeting report

Over 70 delegates attended throughout the day at the impressive venue of the refurbished Weston Grand Pier. Unfortunately the weather was stormy throughout, but once the brave souls had crossed the rain lashed (and long!) pier they were treated to a high class programme of guest lectures and free papers.

The meeting was expertly hosted by Koye Odutola and colleagues from the Weston General Hospital unit, notably Mark Price and Dr Lindsay Smith.

Guest lectures

Andy Porteous from Southmead Hospital spoke about the principles of revision knee surgery. From zonal fixation to the ‘Six Nations’ classification Andy outlined the decision making process in these challenging arthroplasty cases. A very relevant topic as the predicted deluge of revision knees starts to appear. Speaking at the meeting was particularly enjoyable for Mr Porteous as he reminisced about his first Bristol SpR job at Weston General.

Steve Jones from Cardiff gave a masterclass on managing instability post hip arthroplasty. In particular Steve emphasized the importance of diagnosing the cause of instability preoperatively and not just jumping to the easiest option. Offset, muscle strength, cup and stem position should be taken into account before proceeding. The pitfalls of dealing with technical faults in isolation were elegantly described in a series of cases. As ever Mr Jones gave a thoroughly entertaining talk and we thank him.

Prof Rob Middleton from the Royal Bournemouth spoke on setting up an efficient arthroplasty unit. With GIRFT at the forefront of every Clinical Director’s mind this was an extremely useful insight into how an arthroplasty unit can maximize efficiency. In the near future it is likely that poorly performing arthroplasty units will be merged or shut down.

The prize for best paper went to Simon Bennet for a SARCO collaborative project on wire configuration options for supracondylar fractures. While the two lateral wire configuration works well in specialist centres. In the DGH setting crossed K-wires seem to fare best. This was a stand out paper among a strong field from across the region.

As usual there was a full industry exhibition and as always we are grateful for our industry sponsors. Those who stayed on enjoyed an excellent and certainly different Japanese meal. Congratulations to the Weston team for a well organised Autumn meeting.