The cooperation between the Plastic and Esthetic Surgery Clinic of St. Anna’s Faculty Hospital in Brno with the University Hospital Policlinico San Doatto in Milan was launched in the beginning of this year, although the Brno clinic has been cooperating with Italian clinics for almost 25 years. During his visit, Professor Vaienti looked over the working area where surgeons from his clinic are trained. He followed our plastic surgeons during a challenging breast reconstruction procedure. The surgery involved the application of tissue flap from the lower abdomen by separating the nutritive vessels in the dermal layer and connecting them to the nutritive vessels in the chest via microscope. The procedure is used to repair breasts that have been removed following cancer treatment.
Prof. Luca Vaienti
Professor, how do you evaluate the procedures that you could see?
We do not perform these type of procedures yet, which is why there are two surgeons here on an internship from our clinic. We would like to launch this technique. We already perform a broad range of microsurgical procedures, but not like these because of space reasons.
Why have you decided to cooperate with our clinic?
There are three basic reasons we have chosen your clinic to work with. Italian plastic surgeons have cooperated with this clinic for practically 25 years. Young surgeons can stay here a relatively long time, several months, and train themselves. Your school of plastic surgery is known throughout Europe. We cooperate in the training of young specialists and in research. I expect that the research cooperation will develop further and will lead to outcomes of common research work and common publications.
You know a lot of plastic surgery clinics in Europe. What is our clinic’s position in a European context?
Do you want to know the truth? I say it with one word – excellent center. It is not just a phrase; I have seen a lot of university clinics with didactical importance, but it is rare that such difficult procedures are performed by all the surgeons, not just the chief surgeon. Here it is like that, which means you have a strong team. Here, such an experienced team remained even after many other centres in the Czech Republic split because the surgeons opened their own private offices or clinics. Surgical reconstruction procedures are thus functioning in its full extent. At present I concentrate on the International School of Plastic Surgery with clinics in Barcelona, Paris, Luxembourg, Nancy, Nice and Milan. I hope that your clinic will also take part in the International Programme of European School of Plastic Surgery.
To what extent do the two clinics, your Clinic in Milan and our local Plastic and Esthetic Surgery Clinic, compare?
We are engaged in the whole scope of reconstruction surgery. Our Clinic is smaller though, we have 14 beds for planned surgeries; the patients operated on in our Clinic after injuries have to stay at clinics that have free rooms. Next year a new building will be opened in our hospital which will significantly improve our conditions. Althought for some procedures, like we have seen here, when two teams are working on one patient at the same time, we still do not have the space.
You are not in Brno for the first time. How do you like the city?
People are polite and helpful here. Brno is interesting for me also because there is a really good food. Unfortunately, I have made such good friends, like Professor Veselý, so I eat a lot here (laugh).
Thank you for the interview, we wish you success in your job and many good dishes.
Source: Svatoanenské nemocniční listy, November 2006, Information Bulletin of St. Anna's Hospital in Brno