CAPE TOWN, 21 OCTOBER, 2019 – The South African Society of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (SASMFOS) welcomes delegates, media and industry stakeholders to join the society in hosting its annual SASMFOS Congress 2019. The annual congress week kicks-off today with a variety of workshops from 21 to 23 October, leading into the SASMFOS Congress from 24 to 26 October. All workshops will be hosted at world-class facilities in Cape Town, and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) hosting the annual congress from Thursday, 24 October. The annual week features workshops and presentations by both local and international specialist maxillofacial and oral surgeons.

“We are excited to welcome delegates to our annual SASMFOS Congress 2019 week,” says Dr Frits Hoogendijk, President of SASMFOS. “The week will be presented by global specialist surgeons from the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Germany and South Africa, engaging in conversations on best practice management for surgeons and medical aid funders, as well as insight into innovation trends in the industry, extending beyond everyday practice and incorporating new ideas outside the usual to explore diversifying collaboration with different sectors.”

Congress week kicks-off with a variety of workshops taking place at world-class facilities in Cape Town from today, 21 to 23 October.

Tygerberg Medical Campus will play host to the fourth annual Masterclass Cadaver Workshop (21 & 22 October) and Facial Aesthetics Cadaver Course (23 October). “The Masterclass Cadaver Workshop and Facial Aesthetics Cadaver Course will be presented by international specialists from the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa who will focus on surgical facial access, flap raising and aesthetics. We are proud to announce that the three-day workshop is endorsed by the IAOMS as a SIGN course,” adds Hoogendijk who mentioned that the workshop has gained international attention with specialists traveling to South Africa specifically for this workshop.

International faculty for the Cadaver Masterclass Workshop include Dr Martin Danford (UK), Prof John Langdon (UK), Dr Bhavin Visavadia (UK), Dr Shahme Farook (UK), Dr Andrew Baker (UK), Dr Dimitri Nikolarakos (AUS) and Dr Greg Boyes-Varley (RSA).

“The masterclass will provide an engaging environment for delegates to learn about new techniques and best practice on a variety of sub-topics under guidance by leading specialists. There will also be a cadaver demonstration presented by Dr Martin Danford, Dr Bhavin Visavadia, Dr Dimitri Nikolarakos and Dr Greg Varley-Boyes,” says Hoogendijk.

To ensure the workshop content is relevant and accessibile to our delegates, we have included a full day session at the Westin Hotel for Straumann and Southern Implants to showcase their new products and techniques. “Straumann will showcase a BLX Case and a digital workflow, bone grafting materials and present a hands-on demonstration of different biomaterials. The workshop session is a full-day session and presented by Dr Louwrens Swart (RSA) and Dr Peer Kämmerer (Germany).”

Southern Implants will host a full day session on digital workflow and the evolution of protocols, followed by an introduction to immediate placement of the anterior socket, body-shift implant design and the posterior socket. The afternoon sessions will feature presentations by Dr Greg Boyes-Varley on implant placement in the resected maxilla, Dr Martin Danford who will present perforated flap design and technique and Dr Michael Michael accompanied by Dr Noland Naidoo on the essentials for the prosthetic reconstruction of the resected maxilla.

The annual SASMFOS Congress 2019 will conclude the congress week, taking place from 24 to 26 October at the CTICC. The congress programme features local and international specialists presenting on topics that aims to provide guidance on best practice management for surgeons and medical aid funders, as well as insight into innovation trends in the industry, extending beyond everyday practice and incorporating new ideas outside the usual for collaboration with different sectors.

“The week promises to provide opportunity for delegates to leverage from the knowledge shared, with plenty of network opportunities and collaboration with local and international leading industry professionals,” concludes Hoogendijk.

The annual congress is organised by SASMFOS and hosted in conjuction with the British Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS), Australia New Zealand Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS), and the African division of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (IAOP).

NOTES TO EDITORS

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ABOUT SASMFOS

Visit www.sasmfos.org for more information on SASMFOS.

With around 12 million patients in South Africa, SASMFOS aims to represent member surgeons and to engage, on their behalf with medical aid funds to facilitate coverage of medical procedures, hospitals, healthcare providers, patients and regulatory authorities. SASMFOS provides support on best practice management, as well as further education, research, professional development and insight into innovation trends in the industry.

Ongoing initiatives and networking opportunities provide members with local and international exposure to world-class peers, education and research. Alongside the annual SASMFOS Congress, the society offers numerous opportunities to members to keep in contact and to engage with peers from affiliated associations across the globe.

ABOUT THE SASMFOS CONGRESS 2019

Visit //congress.sasmfos.org for more information on the congress.

Like every year since the inception of the first SASMFOS Congress by the society almost 50 years ago, the SASMFOS Congress 2019 brings together maxillofacial and oral specialist surgeons from around the world to Cape Town. Delegates represent a surgical branch of both medicine and dentistry and are concerned with the diagnosis and treatement of diseases which affect the mouth, jaw, face and neck. The programme features leading industry specialists presenting on topics that impact the industry, build and foster relationships, and guidance on best practice when dealing with patients, hospitals and funders.

This year’s congress will officially be opened by SASMFOS, BAOMS, ANZAOMS and the IAOP. The diverse group of presenters and speakers are represented by both SASMFOS and the IAOP.

Topics of conversation will include:

  • Head and neck malignancy
  • Reconstruction
  • Alternative reconstruction
  • Complex dental implant reconstruction
  • Orthognathics
  • Cranio-facial and clefts
  • Pathology and ethics
  • TMJ
  • A variety lectures on diverse topics

MORE SAMSFOS CONGRESS 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

The SASMFOS Congress 2019 opens today, 24 October, until Saturday, 26 October. For a comprehensive line-up of the speakers and full programme details, please visit //congress.sasmfos.org.

Be sure not to miss the following abstracts from leading industry specialists:

** Thursday, 24 October, CTICC:**

  • Head and neck malignancy: surgical margins, Prof Anastasios Kanatas
  • Total nasal reconstruction, Dr Bhavin Visavadia
  • Sinus lifts…bone augmentation – are they still in vogue? Dr Wynand van der Linden
  • SASMFOS AGM (this meeting is for SASMFOS specialist members only)

** Friday, 25 October, CTICC:**

  • Endoscopic base of skull and transorbital surgery, Dr Darlene Lubbe
  • Facial reanimation, rehabilitation of the paralysed face, Dr Thiraviam Sabesan
  • Surgical art and facial beauty, Dr Thiraviam Sabesan
  • Concomitant orthognathic surgery and total TMJ reconstruction, Dr Giovanni Gerbino
  • Reconstruction of the TMJ in adults and children, Dr Ned Saeed
  • Veterinary dentistry of the 21st century, Dr Gerhard Steenkamp

** Saturday, 26 October, CTICC**

  • Maxillofacial medicolegal misdemeanours, Dr Loz Newman
  • Claims drivers of claims and regulatory investigations, Dr Alasdair McKelvie DPL
  • Indemnity/insurance and how they work and are priced, Dr Alasdair McKelvie DPL
  • Ethical use of coding and its correct use in OMS, Dr Frits Hoogendijk

MORE ABOUT THE CONGRESS WORKSHOPS, 21 TO 23 OCTOBER 2019

Congress workshops will take place from 21 to 23 October.

Workshops are hosted by SASMFOS, BIOMET, STRYKER, Southern Implants and Straumann and will guide members on best practice, innovation, new technologies and products. The workshops will provide an engaging environment where attendees will be able to learn how to apply these in their own practice.

Surgical Anatomy Cadaver, KLS Martin and Aesthetics Cadaver Workshops, hosted by BIOMET, STRYKER and Southern Implants – 21 to 23 October, Department of Anatomy, Tygerberg Medical Campus, Cape Town

  • BIOMET, STRYKER and Southern Implants will host a three-day Surgical Anatomy Cadaver, KLS Martin and Aesthetics Cadaver Workshop from 21 to 23 October at the Department of Anatomy, Tygerberg Medical Campus. The workshop will present a course on flap raising on 21 and 22 October, presented by Prof John Langdon and his team, followed by a course on aesthetics on 23 October, presented by Prof Thiraviam Sabesan and his team.

Southern Implants Dental Implant Workshop – 23 October, Westin Hotel, Cape Town

  • On 23 October, Southern Implants will host a Dental Implant Workshop at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town. The one-day workshop will consist of a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session will be led by Prof PO Östman covering immediate placement in anterior extraction sockets of the new INVERTA implant. The session will include managing the entire digital workflow, from planning, guided surgery and digital reconstruction. The afternoon session will be led by Dr Greg Boyes-Varley who will discuss placement in the resected and resorbed maxilla, which will include zygomatic oncology and nazalus implants. Martin Danford will follow with a discussion on perforated flap design and technique. Dr Michael Micheal and Dr Noland Naidoo will close-off the afternoon session with a presentation on the essentials of prosthetic reconstruction of the resected maxilla.

Straumann Dental Implant & Biomaterials Workshop – 23 October, Westin Hotel, Cape Town

  • Straumann will host a Dental Implant & Biomaterials Workshop on 23 October at the Westin Hotel. The workshop will be a closed hands-on session and as such space is limited to 15 delegates. Dr Louwrens “Blackie” Swart will guide the session and share tips and lessons learnt from the new BLX.

IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES

• Venue & logistics

The 2019 congress will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The precongress sessions will be held at the same venue, unless otherwise indicated.

For general logistical assistance, please contact Bridget de Beer on +27 21 486 9111 or conference1@onscreenav.co.za. Alternatively, please contact Annie Klaas on +27 21 486 9222 or conference2@onscreenav.co.za.

For travel assistance, please contact Lisa Forsythe, Senior consultant and director at Sure Viva Travels, on +27 12 348 8560, or lisa@surevivatravels.co.za.

• Registration information

Kindly note that registration fees are dependent on various categories of registration. To register, please visit the official website for the congress and complete the details to see the registration fee applicable to your selected criteria. To register, please visit //congress.sasmfos.org or email info@sasmfos.org.