The ANZAST Rib Fixation Workshop was held on the 27th July 2017, at the University of Technology, Sydney.
The workshop brought together for the first time, the small group of surgeons who are currently performing rib fixation for trauma in Australia. The workshop was attended by surgeons from Australia and New Zealand with an interest in this emerging technique, as well as industry without who’s support the workshop would not have been possible.
The workshop was directed by Associate Professor Silvana Marasco, from the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. With the support of Mr Vladimir Anikin (United Kingdom) and Mr Phillip Antippa (Royal Melbourne Hospital), the evidence for rib fixation, patient selection, and surgical access and technique was presented. What generated most discussion amongst faculty and participants was the dilemma of patient selection. The discussion amongst such an experienced group appears the have sewn the seed for future collaboration in a multi-centre trial.
Presentations were followed by a 3-hour hands-on session in the wet lab. Participants were given the opportunity to use all three devices currently available in Australia and New Zealand. These are the MatrixRIB system by DePuy Synthes, the Stracos 3D Rib Clip System by Medigroup, and the RibLoc System by Medical and Optical. The opportunity to use the devices in the lab was invaluable, and was taken up by faculty and participants alike.
ANZAST are very grateful to the kind support of our industry partners- Medical optical, DePuy Synthes and Medigroup. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the professional staff at the University of Technology in Sydney.