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2012 Pectus Symposium & Live Surgery Workshop

2012 Pectus Symposium & Live Surgery Workshop

April 9, 2012
Seoul, Korea

2012 Pectus Symposium & Live Surgery Workshop was held in Seoul, Korea on April 9, 2012. The workshop was sponsored by CWIG-Korea with the cooperation of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, The Catholic University of Korea and Seoul St. Mary's Hospital.

We are proud that the meeting was a great success with participation of more than 70 Korean surgeons and 4 international guests (1 Japanese and 3 Chinese surgeons).

The purpose of this meeting was not only to officially launch the CWIG-Korea, but also particularly to bring pectus surgeons in Asian region together. Most of the key surgeons from Korea, Japan, and China were involved and played their roles in the conference and during the live surgery demonstrations. What is very special for this meeting was that this is the first step to build up the “Korea-Japan-China Pectus Surgeons Cooperative Group” and ultimately to expand to the “CWIG-Asia Pole.”

The event was highlighted by:

Session I & Session II was on pectus excavatum repair and perioperative management.

The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Sook-Whan Sung, the Chairman of CWIG-Korea, reviewed the historical view of pectus excavatum surgery. As an international speaker, Dr. Sadashige Uemura from Kawasaki Medical School, Japan, gave a lecture on the Japanese perspective of pectus surgery and management of complication. Then, Dr. Liu Wenying from Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences/Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, China, addressed about the Chinese experience and perspective, which was the first time revealed their huge experience to other countries. Finally, Dr. Hyung Park from Korea gave a talk on basic technique for pectus repair and postoperative pitfalls and troubleshooting in pectus excavatum surgery.

In session III, the “Live Surgery Teleconference” was carried out on two patients with different morphology on Dr. H. Park’s operative demonstration.

The first case was a pediatric one with pectus excavatum type 1A, where the basic techniques were demonstrated using newly developed devices including the pectoscope and the claw fixators. Next, an adult case with pectus excavatum type 2A3 (Grand Canyon type) was repaired using techniques with asymmetric bar, crane technique, claw fixators, and hinge plates. During the surgical demonstration, via the telecommunication, the surgeons in the auditorium and the staff surgeons in the OR were altogether enjoyed the real-time, on-spot discussions. The debate was heated up on various issues involving the repair techniques as well as all new developments.

We, the surgeons from Korea, Japan, and China, were pleased with the huge success of the meeting in various ways. First of all, we were able to assemble a tight network with sincere friendship both in and out of the country. Second, it was the initiation with this opportunity to exchange a huge amount of experiences with different ideas and techniques among the 3 main nations in Asia. We believe that Chinese came out first time from behind the bamboo curtain and disclosed themselves to the public.

We are on the road to the 2013 CWIG International Congress-Asia Pole, which is going to be held here in Seoul, Korea and is only a year away. The lessons learned through “2012 Pectus Symposium & Live Surgery Workshop” would provide us the precious pearls for successful organization of the next year's CWIG-Asia Pole Meeting in Seoul.