I am often asked to attend medical conferences in a variety of roles ranging from Key-Note Speaker, Visiting Professor, Conference Chair or to perform Live Surgery. Most recently, I was asked to speak at the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Europe 2018 Conference held in London, England, hosted by the prestigious Royal College of Physicians, London.
Taking the opportunity to connect with colleagues form across the pond and escape a few days of Toronto’s winter chill, it was an easy invitation to accept. I was asked to Chair a Key-Note address, and to deliver two talks; one on Abdominoplasty Safety and the other on effective Abdominal Lipoplasty.
One of the most interesting elements of this particular conference was that it wasn’t entirely focused on Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery. Many of the attending and presenting surgeons were General Surgeons or Plastic Surgeons, and the abdominal area was investigated from a holistic perspective including hernias, mesh inserts, congenital repairs, umbilicoplasty, abdominal wall reconstruction and aesthetic refining. New learnings in patient care, wound repair and closure, tissue expansion techniques, usage of Botox in large incision repair and advances in medical materials were all presented, from those on the leading edge of innovation and research.
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we are considered world leaders in the area of abdominal aesthetic surgery, not only cosmetic, but also to correct hernias and deformities associated with hernias, previous surgery, childbirth and caesarian sections. It is always a privilege to be included as a presenter at esteemed events such as this, and I genuinely look forward to connecting with and discussing the rationale, techniques and perspectives of other surgeons in our field.
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, advancements in research are not only critical to ensuring our patients receive the most up to date medical care, but something we actively participate in every day. We have published ground breaking papers several leading Medical Journals on the topic of abdominoplasty. At this meeting in England they wanted to learn our approach of combining reconstructive techniques with cosmetic principals in order to make patient’s look and feel better about their abdomens. By contributing to the overall medical community and attending conferences like the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Europe 2018, we become poised to benefit from the shared learning of the medical community both at home and abroad.
On a personal note, the British really do know how to deliver on hospitality. Taking in the elegant Tudor Buildings, history and charm of London is truly enjoyable, and nothing beats a classic English High Tea experience.