Report by: Nic Goncalves, ENT Registrar, University of Cape Town.
The 55th annual South African ENT congress was a great success. The congress was held at the Coastlands Hotel and Convention Center in Umhlanga, Durban. The event was organised by Eastern Sun Events in conjunction with the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Kwazulu Natal and ENT Society of South Africa. The annual meeting of the Society of Rhinoplasty Surgeons of South African (SORSSA) was incorporated into the congress programme.
Congress attendees were exposed to a multifaceted distinguished international and local faculty. The international faculty included Professor Ian Bruce (United Kingdom) on unilateral hearing loss and outcomes of Cochlear TM Baha; Dr Yuresh Naidoo (Australia) on endoscopic sinus surgery; and Dr Shyan Vijayasekaran (Australia) on the paediatric airway, EXIT procedure and peadiatric otolaryngology. The faculty from the USA included Dr Alexandra Kejner on HPV, oropharyngeal cancer, and robotics in head and neck cancer. Dr Peter Manes on endoscopic skull base surgery, Dr Rahmatulla Rahmati on hypoglossal nerve stimulation in OSA and Dr Nwanmegha Young on laryngology insights.
Local faculty highlights included paediatric otolaryngologist Shazia Peer’s update on recurrent juvenile respiratory papillomatosis and surgical advances in the paediatric airway. Head and neck surgeon Dr Mark Torres-Holms on efficacy of selective neck dissection as well as Oropharyngeal SCC and HPV. Dr Peer was awarded the prestigious ENT Karl Storz award for her contributions to the field of paediatric otolaryngology.
Registrar presentations were of a high standard and proved to be one of the most popular sessions of the congress. Notable papers were presented by prize winners Dr Jacobus Opperman (1st prize), presenting a randomised control trial on xylocaine versus placebo in immediate post adenotonsillectomy pain in children, and Dr Rachael Blokland (2nd prize) presenting a cross sectional study of prevalence of dysphagia post laryngectomy and a new dysphagia grading system.
Overall the congress was an outstanding success. The programme and social events contributed to a fantastic atmosphere. The final of the Rugby World Cup was broadcast live at the venue and supporters were passionate, many wearing their Springbok rugby jerseys’. South Africa defeated England in what was a memorable final. The next ENT congress will be held in Johannesburg 2020.