Smith & Nephew’s 2012 Biennial Skeletal Trauma Symposium - a key educational initiative

Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology business, reported over 150 surgeons from South Africa and countries like China, Kenya and Dubai attended the 9th Biennial Skeletal Trauma Symposium hosted by Smith & Nephew at the end of May 2012.

The international faculty comprised Dr Steve Martin (US) and Prof Roger Atkins (UK) and the local faculty included: Dr Andrew Barrow, Dr Len Marias, Dr Brian Bernstein, Dr Michael Solomons, Dr Shadi Ngobeni, Dr Poen Louw, Dr Sithombo Maqungo and Prof Silas Motsiti.  Hands-on workshops exposed surgeons to superior fixation techniques.



Dr Stefan Swanepoel (right) from Gauteng demonstrates how the Trigen Sure Shot device allows quick and easy distal locking with no radiation (with Helder Fernandes, Smith & Nephew Sales Manager, Inland).

Mike Woods, (above) Smith & Nephew Director for Orthopaedic Trauma, said:

“We believe we should contribute to the overall knowledge of the orthopaedic community, particularly in state hospitals. Our training is geared to meet skill gaps in the industry, build expertise and help healthcare professionals to use our products safely.” 


Woods added that in South Africa more than 60% of orthopaedic operations performed are for gunshots, assaults or MVA’s  and Smith & Nephew constantly works to improve the standards and outcomes of dealing with musculoskeletal trauma care. Since its inception in 1994, more than a thousand trauma registrars and surgeons have participated in the Skeletal Trauma Symposium programme. President of the South African Orthopaedic Association, Prof Theo Le Roux endorsed the event as one of the key local Orthopaedic Trauma educational initiatives.



Lesley Schroeder-McLean:Fuller Insight
Communication Consultants to Smith & Nephew, Africa Region
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