Traditional SWOC format was shaken up by the dynamic duo of Matt Hall and Olly Donaldson expertly organised by project manager Julie Brooks.
For the first time in recent history the SWOC Dinner was held the night before the meeting. The Grange Hotel, Sherborne provided a refined, rural setting. There was excellent attendance at the dinner and many delegates stayed over. Prize for the best dressed diner went to Peninsula SpR Steve Mchale!
The Haynes motor museum in Sparkford was a great choice for the meeting, making a change from the traditional hotel conference room.
22 free papers were presented over 3 sessions covering a wide variety of subjects.
Anticoagulation before and after hip fracture surgery was rightly so the focus of several papers. Post-operative mobilisation and pre-operative resuscitation were also investigated in the hip fracture populations.
Topical issues on the use of Alpha Defensin for periprosthetic joint infection diagnosis, meniscal root tears, and patient specific knee instrumentation were also presented.
The best paper award went to Haq et al. from Yeovil for their work in designing a pathway for stable Weber B ankle fractures.
The first guest speaker was Roger Emery from St Mary’s who summarized his research in understanding anatomical shoulder replacement failure. New advances in shoulder arthroplasty, such as a tissue sparing mini-posterior approach and patient specific cutting jigs were also discussed.
As always there was plenty of opportunity for colleagues to catch-up during the breaks and also peruse the impressive industry display. Industry support for SWOC remains strong based on excellence attendance at recent meetings
David Manning, President of Ambulatory Surgery International and co-founder of Amsurg gave the second guest lecture. Purpose built day case surgical centres have proved very successful across the pond and it is exciting to think this concept could be expanding in the UK.
In another first a Dragon’s Den research session was held chaired by Andy Toms and Paul Ewings, Head of the South West NIHR research design service. Two potential research projects were presented. The first was a proposed multi-centre RCT to compare the outcomes for fixation versus revision in Vancouver B2 periprosthetic fractures. Although this is a worthy topic, it was felt that the second project comparing oral anticoagulants against LMWH in neck of femur patients, would be a more feasible study. This session provoked excellent debate and we hope to hold a similar Dragon’s Den at the next SWOC meeting.
Delegates were also granted free entry to the automobile museum with its obvious appeal to a group of orthopaedic surgeons.
This was a great meeting and we are delighted that Julie Brooks has now joined the SWOC team as our Events Planner. Julie’s details can now be found on the SWOC website contacts page.
Onwards and upwards!