Already for the 5th time, 33 international participants coming from 14 different nations made their way to meet in Innsbruck on behalf of the Alpine Symposium on Craniomaxillofacial and Oral surgery (ASCOS). Together with local Chairmen Michael Rasse and Wolfgang Puelacher, the S.O.R.G. trauma section arranged a comprehensive program covering all aspects of midfacial trauma management techniques. Trauma of the orbital floor and the medial wall were a special focus topic in this context.
The course started with an extensive block on advanced imaging, followed by lectures on the various approaches to the midface – whether intraoral, periorbital or coronal approaches: The surgeon can select between 10 to 12 major accesses to reach the incident of trauma and a combination of the various alternatives is feasible as well.
A special highlight of all S.O.R.G. courses are always the workshop sessions. In Innsbruck the participants performed a midfacial trauma case applying mini and micro plates as well as SonicWeld Rx. The next morning a bus carried the group to the anatomical lab, where the approaches to midfacial trauma were carried out in praxis.
The afternoon of the second course day was dedicated to practical measures in osteosynthesis care. Most of all available resorbable solutions and their limits were topic of various presentations, but also endoscopically assisted accesses to the orbit and the frontobasis in diagnosis and treatment. S.O.R.G. plans the next ASCOS course in March 2017: The focus topic will then shift to mandibular trauma.