Senior Surgeons Avail of World Class Training Facilities at Cork University Maternity Hospital

14th April 2008

Twenty five surgeons from all over Ireland recently viewed live surgery at the theatre facilities in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH). The surgeons, who are specialists in obstetrics, gynaecology and urology and who have a particular interest in pelvic floor surgery, were brought together for the training event at CUMH by Continence Foundation Ireland.

Prof. Peter Dwyer from Melbourne, Australia performed the surgery using advanced surgical techniques while availing of CUMH’s state of the art audio visual system. This system allowed Prof Dwyer to communicate directly from the operating theatre to the viewing clinicians in a room five stories above. This was the first time in Ireland that such a large group of specialists have had the opportunity to observe this surgery so closely and in such an interactive manner.

Dr. Barry O’Reilly, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at CUMH and Chair of the Continence Foundation Ireland said “This was a tremendous opportunity to bring together colleagues from all over Ireland to exchange clinical expertise which can only benefit continence care for people. While this workshop focused on the surgical aspect to continence care, the full annual meeting being held later in the year will include all facets of care for the patient and will be attended by a wide range of professionals in the discipline”.

The surgical procedures were followed by as series of talks which included lectures by Dr. Chahin Achtari from Lausanne in Switzerland and Ms Michelle Fynes from St Georges Hospital in London.

Dr. Declan Keane, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin who participated in the event said, “We saw two fantastic exhibitions of live surgery with two similar cases being dealt with using different methods. I would have to compliment the quality of the audio visual equipment at CUMH as it enhanced the interaction between the screening room and the operating theatre.”

Dr. Tom Creagh, Consultant Urologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin said, “Getting so close to the surgery and having an international expert on these new techniques demonstrate them was very beneficial. Being able to discuss the cases directly with the surgeon enabled issues to be clarified and moved us from understanding the technique towards being able to apply it.”

Dr. Paul Byrne, Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, Rotunda, Dublin said, “I am overwhelmed by the quality of the facilities in Cork which were matched by the quality of the science here today.”

Last updated on: 15 / 04 / 2008