On 13th January, Professor Adam Maciejewski received the prestigious Godina fellowship awarded by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. Prof. Maciejewski is the first Pole honoured by this award. Several hundred surgeons from all over the world took part in the competition – according to pulsmedycyny.pl.
48-year-old Professor Adam Maciejewski is currently the head of the Oncological and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic at the Oncology Centre of the Institute of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Gliwice. During his career, he won several scholarships and scientific internships, in institutions such as the Head and Neck Surgery Clinic Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and the Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery Clinic MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas. In 2005 he was the first Pole awarded a fellowship of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASMR). Prof. Maciejewski’s team has already carried out 5 thousand reconstructive surgeries including two face transplants. In 2013, Prof. Maciejewski and his team performed the world’s first face-transplant surgery to save the patient’s life.
Marko Godina was the Slovenian ‘father’ of reconstructive surgery, and his prize is awarded for the best surgery performed in a given year. Polish surgery was performed on 6-year-old Tymek, who, as a toddler, swallowed granules of caustic soda (popular “Kret” powder for clearing pipes in bathrooms – editor’s note). As a result of this unfortunate accident, the child’s head and neck organs necrotised.
“In the first stage of treatment, we used the colon tissue to reconstruct his mediastinal oesophagus up to the neck level. The second stage involved extensive transplantation of neck organs taken from the deceased donor, i.e. the base of the tongue, larynx, pharynx, cervical oesophagus, hyoid bone, short muscles of the neck and all four nerves that connect the motor and sensory larynx. This required us to perform numerous vascular anastomoses “– said Prof. Adam Maciejewski.
Transplantation of the modified bone marrow followed the organ transplantation, which was necessary to reduce the use of immunosuppressive drugs, which transplant patients are usually obliged to take for the rest of their life.
Author: Natalia Jasińska
Translation: Jolanta PiteraScience