Congenital craniofacial disorders are rare pathologies coming along in a large variety of different expressions. The operative treatment and the age recommendations on which the patient should be treated also vary considerably in the different European centers. So it is not at all easy for the treating physician to make up his mind, which recommendation he should give to the affected patients and their parents.
For the first time ever, S.O.R.G. organized a symposium on craniofacial anomalies in the University Center of Heidelberg on October 21st and 22nd, 2016. The meeting was dedicated to Professor Dr. Dr. J. Mühling, former Head of the University and pioneering surgeon on craniofacial surgery in Germany and beyond. The organizing party managed to attract both: A European top-class faculty as well as 43 participants to Heidelberg.
The lectures covered the whole range of treatment options and went from endoscopically-assisted surgery (W. Borstlap /Nijmegen) over posterior calvarial wall expansion (S. Dover/ Birmingham ) to conventional craniofacial distraction (J. Britto/London and E. Arnaud/Paris). Neurosurgical aspects were covered as well in the presentations of M. Ter Laak (Maastricht) and J. Hinojosa (Madrid). 3D-planning of craniofacial anomalies (A. Bianchi/Bologna) as well as obstructive sleep apnea (P. Diner/Paris) were also part of the symposium. Furthermore, the craniofacial team from Heidelberg reported about standard procedures in craniofacial surgery and their experience with the helmet molding therapy (M. Engel & C. Freudlsperger/ Heidelberg).
This outstanding event in the inviting atmosphere of the city of Heidelberg recommends itself for repetition and will surely become a periodical event in S.O.R.G.’s postgraduate teaching and educational activities.