Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting
Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting
May 16, 2017
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Changes underway at AANA Annual Meeting

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John C. Richmond, MD
John C. Richmond

Attendees can expect changes to the scientific sessions and instructional courses at the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting, being held May 18-20 in Denver.

Orthopedics Today, official media partner of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), spoke with program committee members about newer aspects of the meeting.

Alan S. Curtis, MD
Alan S. Curtis
Matthew T. Provencher, MD
Matthew T. Provencher

“[The AANA Annual Meeting] is well balanced. It has the combination of new scientific papers [but], at the same time, [it is] focused on education with instructional courses that are focused on specific topics and controversies,” John C. Richmond, MD, president of AANA and professor of orthopedic surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, said. “There are debates and discussions over what is potentially the best way to diagnose or treat various conditions and it is a nice mix of contrasting ideas.”

The guest nation is the United Kingdom. Members of U.K. societies will participate through keynote addresses and instructional courses.

Richmond believes attendees will be inspired by guest speaker Maj. Dan Rooney, USAF, a fighter pilot, PGA golf professional and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. He said Rooney is an inspirational speaker who has given back to the United States.

The scientific sessions will run through Friday afternoon, which allows 20% more papers to be presented, Alan S. Curtis, MD, who is the AANA Annual Meeting program chairman and practices at Boston Sports and Shoulder Center and New England Baptist Hospital, said. Promising papers will be presented on recurrent instability with bone loss and distal tibial allograft options, he noted.

“I think this is the first time we are going to have some good information and follow-up on superior capsular reconstructions,” Curtis said. “There are a number of papers now with nearly 2-year follow-up showing results of something that has been talked about for a couple of years.”

The clinical case panels were expanded to include panels on complex rotator cuff repair and knee ligaments, he said.

“The papers are some of the best this year,” Matthew T. Provencher, MD, of The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., said. “There are a lot of symposia, case panels and a number of great offerings that continue to be freshened up based on attendees’ needs.”

The instructional course lectures (ICLs) were updated with more interactions and case-based scenarios, he said. “What we did was consolidate all the feedback and input from the last half dozen years of ICLs offered [and] do a deep dive and look at how we can improve our offerings.” – by Casey Tingle

Disclosures: Curtis, Provencher and Richmond report no relevant financial disclosures.