Leading surgeons from North America, Europe, Israel and Turkey recently gathered in Copenhagen for Oticon Medical’s Scientific Meeting on tissue preservation surgery. The three-day conference at Oticon Medical’s international headquarters brought together prominent clinicians, researchers and thought leaders in otology/neurology and audiology to share experiences and exchange knowledge about tissue preservation in bone anchored hearing implant surgery.
“Our goal is to provide forums that report on the newest data and observations from the clinical world, especially those that identify and use clinical outcome measures that are patient-centered,” said Oticon Medical President Jes Olsen.
Peter Roland, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, presented a report on Single-Stage Osseointegrated Hearing Implant Surgery in Children. In his presentation, he compared skin complications after one-stage and two-stage surgery in 65 children and reported that the percentage of skin complications did not change.
A presentation by Johan Wolfaardt, BDS MDent (Prosthodontics), Director of the Institute of Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Canada, explored skin response after bone conduction implantation. Dr. Wolfaardt called for the establishment of a network where surgeons could come together to explore better ways to describe and define skin reactions that are more accurate than those available in the currently used Holger’s scale.
Cor Cremers, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of ENT-Otology at the Radbound University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, discussed the long-term history and clinical outcomes for the linear incision technique. Dr. Cremers presented data on the incidence of soft tissue reactions, implant failures, revision surgery and implant stability on more than 1,000 patients including children. His colleague, Arjan Bosman., PhD, gave an overview of the experience of Nijmegen, where the first bone anchored implants were performed in the early 1990s, and the evolution of the technology and its application to a variety of indications and hearing losses.
“The techniques used in bone anchored implant surgery are typically based on the surgeons’ personal preferences and who their mentors are,” explained Ravi Sockalingam, PhD, Oticon Medical Director of Clinical Research and Professional Relations. “Methods are based on philosophy and what implant technique information the surgeon has access to. While the data shared at our meetings is still fairly new, it provides vital access to what is happening in the clinical world. Oticon Medical will continue to create forums for surgeons to share and explore results with the goal of achieving the absolute best results possible for patients.”
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