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FESSH Travelling Award 2014

European Tour to Hand Training Centre Hospitals in Southampton, UK

Hand Wrist and Elbow Department
Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton
February 24th-March 15th 2014
Dawid Mrozik, Gdańsk, POLAND

Thanks to FESSH financial support I was able to visit University Southampton Hospitals, England.

The Hand Clinic is headed by Prof. David Warwick who accepted my application. My main purpose was to get more experience in nerves problems, tendons surgery, osteoarthritis and Dupuytren’s diseases especially using XIAPEX injection, which is one of the most recognized techniques for Prof. Warwick.

My medical travel started in Nuffield Hospital Hampshire, then in University Hospital Southampton, Spire Hospital, Royal South Hants Hospital and New Forest Clinic in Lymington.

Each day I observed surgical procedures in another Clinics with Prof. Warwick and his team. Everyone was very helpful and gave me strong support during my visit. I attended both ward routine with patients’ consultation, examination, dressing change and of course operating theatre.

I had great opportunity to see many techniques on how to treat Dupuytrens’ disease including surgical (with skin grafts) and nonsurgical treatment-using Xiapex Collagenase injection. This is the latest treatment which is straightforward and avoids traditional surgery.

During this hand training I saw many hand, wrist and elbow trauma cases in: open and close reductions and fixations of scaphoid fractures with bone grafts, wrist instability, distal radius and ulna fractures, metacarpal fractures, distal humeral fractures. I also saw many operations for patients with osteoarthritis: 4-corner-fusion, trapeziectomy and arthrodesis.

I have participated in a very interesting hand surgery meeting in Oxford, which is a really beautiful and historical city area with lot of perfectly preserved monuments and buildings.

I had also opportunity to see Portsmouth Naval Base-home to almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy’s surface ships, Winchester with world class attractions and architecture including a magnificant Cathedral, award-winning pubs, the city is full of beautiful places, when everybody can feel really comfortable and find some interesting activities. During this travel I have enjoyed the best English hospitality with family of Prof. Warwick.

It was one of the most successful visits, both important educational and social event in my personal career. I felt that all the staff associated with the Department of Hand Surgery werevery warm in their welcome and appreciative of the difficulties faced by international visitors and made every effort to make me feel comfortable and ensure maximal educational exposure. I would like to thank FESSH for giving me this excellent opportunity. I would certainly recommend this Fellowship to all trainees interested hand surgery.

I came back home full of positive energy and confidence that all the hard work that is required to establish such system will pay off. Thank you!

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