Society for Implantology and TissueIntegrated Prosthesis

Achievements of the different workgroups

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2002 - 2004

Head and neck

In the beginning the simultaneous reconstruction of aesthetics and function of patients with facial deformations in the range from defects to aesthetic deficiencies in terms of comprehensive restorative facial surgery centered on a high evidence base and international acceptance was considered the showcase of the interdisciplinary cooperation within the society.
In 2012 after a thoroughly inquiry the German news magazine "Der Spiegel" published an article on this matter.
Based on the maxim of form- and microanatomic identical reconstructive surgery complex prefabricated transplants to “restore like-with-like” based on the 3 IDs (identity of size, form and microanatomy) have been developed and combined with form correction of the face by distraction osteogenesis and hence fused with implantologic interventions to a new form of osteoplastic surgery of the face.
Furthermore the scientific proof of the sustainability of these surgical techniques could be provided.
The results of the cleft-surgery as well as the successes in NOMA surgery are internationally accepted state-of-the-art and have been published in Eur Surg 2011; J Cran Max Fac Surg 1996; Plast Reconstr Surg 1996, 2001, 2001, 2004, 2008; J Oral Max Impl 2006; Br J Oral Max Fac Surg 2014.
From the oral surgical perspective almost all known implant systems have been utilized for a time being. One of the first scientific sessions on this matter has been organized in October 2002 as a satellite symposium to the FDI-World-Dental-Congress in Vienna.
More events that have been organized with the support of the workgroup head-neck can be found here.

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2004 - 2006


President Prof. Schiessel, who has been the head of the department for surgery at the Donauspital SMZ Ost in Vienna from 1992 to 2009, has concentrated his research on the preservation of the sphincter when resecting a rectum carcinoma and the reconstruction of the sphincter after trauma and rectum amputation. He succeeded with a modification of the gracilisplasty, the so-called split-sling technique resulting in a satisfying continence even after rectum resection.
With the intersphincterial rectum resection a method has been developed that allows preservation of the sphincter even in deep rectum tumors. In a long term study it could be proven that this method can provide excellent oncologic and functional results. Today it is utilized around the world.
Overall Prof. Schiessel has published over 260 articles, among which in Nature, Am J Physiology, Cancer, GUT, Gastroenterology, Brit J Surgery, J Clin Invest, J Clin Oncol and Dis Colon Rectum. He has been visiting professor at the Georgetown University in Washington and at the universities in Seoul, Teheran, Bagdad, Tripolis, Sao Paulo and Fukuoka.
At the occasion of the foundation of the GIGIP in 2002 Prof. Schiessel gave the keynote lecture “Implants in surgery” and has chaired two sessions on the reconstruction of the abdominal wall and on hernia surgery using implantable nets at the 45. and 46. Annual Congress of the Austrian Society for Surgery.

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2006 - 2008


President Prof. Wieselthaler, since the year 2000 chief of the artificial heart unit at the department for heart and thorax surgery at the medical university Vienna, organized at the 48. Annual Congress of the Austrian Society for Surgery in 2007 a session “Visionary ideas and application of implants” which has been a great success.
Being one of the world’s leading experts on mechanical circulation support for end-staged patients with heart insufficiency he became director of the heart transplantation program and mechanical circulation support at the UCSF – Heart and Vascular Center in San Francisco in 2008. He possesses an enormous knowledge on implantable heart support systems (VAD).
Wieselthaler has been significantly involved in the development of ventricular support pumps and the artificial heart as well. He has published several articles in renowned journals and taught our surgeons worldwide the implantation and utilization of VADs.
In April 2011 he was appointed president of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

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2010 - 2012

Musculoskeletal system

Prof. Ogon is head of the 3rd department for orthopedics at the orthopedic hospital Speising and chaired the session interdisciplinary surgery of the spine at the 51. Annual Congress of the Austrian Society for Surgery in 2010. In the process the entire spectrum of spine surgery, based on minimal invasive surgery and stiffening to utilization of artificial intervertebral discs has been discussed.
In the time of his presidentship Prof. Ogon as a member of the executive board of the EuroSpine (the Spine Society of Europe) organized the until then largest congress in that field with over 2000 spine experts and specialists from 85 countries in Vienna.
Next to the close interdisciplinary approach of all spine related disciplines like orthopedics, trauma surgery and neuro surgery, he believes in a post gradual training in spine surgery based on international standards. The german modul of the diploma as well as the advanced moduls have been organized in 2012 in Vienna.
Prof. Ogon has been the president of the Austrian Society for Spine Surgery.