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To exchange and expand knowledge in the field of craniomaxillofacial surgery, to discuss market conditions and to gain an insight into future product developments. These were the aims of this year's training for our Latin American and Spanish distributors as well as our local colleagues.

A total of 16 people took part in our three-day course "Cirurgía CMF Implant Knowledge Latin America" from 26 to 28 June at our KLS Martin WORLD in Tuttlingen. In order to generate the greatest possible learning effect for the participants, our training courses consist of an alternating program of theoretical and practical units. 

Day 1

The first day was all about getting to know each other. Our Sales Director Latin America Cândido Marques first presented our company, in particular our solutions for craniomaxillofacial surgery. Then it was our distributors’ turn to discuss their personal impressions of the market conditions in Latin America. The discussion rounds were particularly well received by the participants. Here they were able to benefit from their mutual knowledge and discuss problems and solutions. Afterwards Dr. Jordi Garcia Linares from the "Hospital Germans Trias I Pujol" in Spain gave the participants a detailed insight into his daily work and CMF surgery in general. After a joint lunch, the presentation and the practical hands-on workshop on our L1® solutions took place. The participants treated a double mandibular fracture (a compound fracture and a fracture of the parasymphysis) on a skull model using plates and screws. After a day full of new impressions, we ended the evening together at our KLS Martin WORLD.

Day 2

The second day focused on our distractors, complementary surgical instruments as well as our SonicWeld Rx® and the corresponding resorbable implants. The participants worked their way into our distraction portfolio in small groups. Each group focused on one distractor, which was then presented in the auditorium of our KLS Martin WORLD. 

What could be nicer than talking about our distractors? Definitely about patients who have been helped with our products. After the practical part, Cândido Marques reported on successfully solved patient cases from Latin America.

The most excitement was during the lunch break. Everyone was waiting for the award of the three best distributors in the field of CMF 2018. This year Flex Lab/Biomax (Brazil), Quirurgicos (Colombia) and Biosermedicos (Ecuador) were able to secure the title. Congratulations on your great performance! 

Before the success was celebrated with a joint dinner, the participants could prove themselves once more. This time in the application of our SonicWeld Rx® system. In the workshop the differences of the SonicWeld Rx® I and SonicWeld Rx® II were emphasized, the handling of the water bath, the welding of short and long pins as well as the use of resorbable membranes for preprosthetic purposes were practiced.

Day 3

The last day began with a guided tour through our development and production company Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik in Mühlheim. To which we are looking forward to every year. Thanks to our high production depth, the participants were able to experience the production of our implants live on site. From manual work to innovative manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and clean rooms, everything was there. 

The rest of the day was dedicated to orthognathics. The participants were able to practice correcting a malocclusion and thus put themselves in the shoes of the clinical user. Splints and titanium plates were used to correct the skull model. 

In order to plan orthognathic cases precisely in advance, we developed a virtual 3D planning software, the IPS CaseDesigner®. This was the focus of two further presentations by our Area Manager Latin America Implant Systems Mayton Chacon. Before the certificates of participation were handed over, the participants were given an insight into our upcoming product launches for 2019/2020.

We would like to thank all participants for the great time in which we learned a lot as well. Ya estamos deseando volver a veros el año que viene.