Two thousand and thirteen was a very productive year for all of us. We have did approximately 600 closed Pectus surgeries. Our institute also started educations for surgeons coming from all over the world. In the year of 2013, we thought 'Pectus surgeries with the closed technique' to the thoracic surgeons coming from Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Germany and Egypt.
Additionally, we also went some countries to share our experience with their kind invitations. In this year, I also did some surgeries at France, Belgium and Netherlands and use the bar that we developed in Turkey. The results are very fine. In an international meeting which was in France, with more than 100 attendies from 26 different country, I did a Pectus Carinatum operation and use the bar that we developed. (http://www.cwig.info/assets/pdf/report_CWIG_workshop_in_pectus_definitive.pdf)
We started to go beyond our limits. We organized a course with the attandence of 20 thoracic surgeon in Windsor, London at the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) center between 27-29 November 2013. As a moderator of that course, I can say there were hot topic discussions in that meeting during 3 days.
Since last 2 months, we have been working for the 'Pectus Project' in Marmara University School of Medicine. One project assistant started to work for that project. The students which are the part of this project, designed a poster to direct the Pectus patients and posted them to the policlinics.
The same project group also prepared the ' Chest Wall Deformities Patient Education Booklet'. They are also working on the causative factors and possible treatments for the Pectus deformities.
I wish the 2014 will bring us happiness, health and success as 2013.
Take care of yourself,