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Congress 2011
Reports on the ADI Team Congress 2011
Thursday 14 - Friday 15 April
Manchester Central Convention Complex
Petersfield, Manchester M2 3GX

Workshop No 2: Advanced surgical techniques, instruments & preparation
Speakers: David Speechley and Helen Batty

Reported by Katharine Partington

David SpeechleyDavid Speechley
Helen BattyHelen Batty
It was almost a case of  “standing room only” as we filed into David Speechley’s workshop on ‘Advanced surgical techniques, instruments and preparation’.   Those who were turned away at the door because they had not booked a place were right to look disappointed.    

It was evident from the very beginning that the half-hour session was to be both informative and fun. A quiz sheet replaced the more traditional handout with questions for us to answer throughout. The lure of a prize draw at the end of the session ensured we were all switched on. The workshop kicked off with an introduction to some of the instruments used in advanced surgical techniques including some handy tips on the care and maintenance of implantdrill sets. We were made to feel that as nurses we are an integral of the team.

Sinus lifts, both closed and open were next on the quiz sheet. The surgical techniques were explained clearly and the short video clip showing the Caldwell Luc technique brought alive what had only been theory to many of us. This further enhanced our understanding of instruments used such as chisels and sinus manipulation tools. The wonders of Piezo surgery were also touched on. In addition to the sinus lifts we also became familiar with the technique and instruments used in ridge splitting and block grafts.

By the end of the workshop we were buzzing, keen to take this enthusiasm back to our surgeries. The prize draw wrapped up the session and the prize-winners walked away with even wider smiles than the rest of us. Not only did David Speechley present an informative workshop, but he also conveyed the feeling that our role as nurses is vital to the success of implant surgery. This epitomises the ethos that implant dentistry is all about teamwork.

Workshop No 3: Medical emergencies in implant surgery