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Congenital Hand Surgery Symposium

Global challenges and improving outcomes in limited resource settings

26 September 2020, 13:00-16:00 (UK time)


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One in 20 children are born with a congenital hand difference. Although great advances have been made in the management of these conditions, access to surgical services and therapy for the optimal treatment of these children remain limited in many countries. A congenital hand difference can profoundly impact upon a child’s hand function, leading to difficulties in later life with life’s daily activities and work. The appearance of a malformed hand and how it affects the child and family psychologically, remains unknown.

The purpose of this two-part virtual symposium is to bring together people who are passionate in the care of children (and adults) with congenital hand differences worldwide. Our desire is to share learning and facilitate a platform for the discussion of unique challenges faced by countries in resource limited settings. The symposium will focus on the management of common conditions and allow an international panel to discuss ways to avoid complications or treat these complications. Participants from different resource-limited countries will also discuss and share how they overcome challenges and allow networking and sharing of resources.  

This symposium is organised by the British Foundation of International Reconstructive Surgery and Training (BFIRST) and British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). We are very grateful to the Touching Hands Project (American Society for Surgery of the Hand), ReSurge International and Ganga Hospital for joining us and sharing their expertise. 

We hope you can join us! 

The BFIRST/BSSH Webinar Team

Topics will include:

  • Congenital hand surgery in different LMICs
  • Recognising patterns and syndromes
  • Syndactyly and Macrodactyly
  • Thumb duplication and hypoplasia
  • Cleft hand
  • Clindodactyly, campodactyly and trigger digits
  • Use of WALANT in congenital hand surgery