The hand of a Child is not a mini-adult hand, but a growing, developing hand.
On behalf of the French Society of Hand Surgery, we are very pleased to welcome you in Paris for the Fourth European Symposium on Paediatric Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation. It will be held in the historical university district, the Quartier Latin, one block from La Sorbonne, in the old Faculty of Medicine of Paris.
The aim of the paediatric hand team is to maximise the functional potential and to improve the appearance of the upper limb. This should promote activity and participation and support the psychological wellbeing of the developing child. Thorough understanding improves our therapeutical strategies and therefore, we will start with state of the Art lectures on upper limb development in the light of the most recent advances in morphogenetics, molecular control of tissue development, the different chemical pathways and their application in the new classification. Lectures by international experts on subjects such as “what’s new in …microsurgery, in the treatment of crooked fingers, in polydactyly, in macrodactyly”, and group discussions promote the continuous education of medical professionals and hand therapists.
Orthopaedic, general, plastic and paediatric hand surgeons, therapists, geneticists, psychologists and paediatricians are all welcomed to attend. Many professionals in Europe have exposure to this work as a smaller proportion of their practice and wish to gain confidence in decision-making and technique. This is an opportunity to fulfil this desire. We will promote large discussions with the Faculty, the panel of speakers and the audience.
This meeting is particularly suitable for senior trainees and consultants. You are invited to submit abstracts for presentation on your own work and experience in congenital or acquired upper limb problems in the paediatric patient. There will be discussions on pitfalls to help us learn what to do and, even more importantly, what not to do.
Hand therapists are particularly invited to attend and join in the break-out workshops on splinting and assessment of the paediatric hand. They are welcomed to participate actively and submit abstracts to share their experience, frustrations and thrills with children.