Orthopedics Today Hawaii provides present, future subspecialty updates
At Orthopedics Today Hawaii, being held Jan. 12-16, 2020, attendees can expect updates on what has happened in 2019 and what is to come in 2020, as well as practical tips and pearls across all subspecialties, including sports medicine, total joint replacement, trauma and shoulder and elbow.
“The concept of the meeting is to continue to advance the medical education of the audience, but also to understand that they are practicing medicine and so they need a lot of tips and advice on some of the new ideas on how we can care for patients to get the best outcomes,” Anthony A. Romeo, MD, chief of orthopedics at Rothman Orthopaedics – New York and professor in the department of orthopedics at the Hofstra/Northwell Medical Center, told Healio.com/Orthopedics.
Main highlights of the meeting include a keynote address by Kristy L. Weber, MD, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as expertise provided by Hollis G. Potter, MD, from Hospital for Special Surgery, on a variety of areas with regard to musculoskeletal imaging to help physicians make the correct diagnosis and provide an appropriate treatment, according to Romeo.
In addition, Romeo noted the regularly scheduled sections will include dynamic changes that bring new ideas and new innovations to the program.
One area of focus in the sports medicine section will be updates on how to restore articular cartilage that has been damaged, according to Romeo. Jack M. Bert, MD, added there will be an update on concussions presented by Matthew T. Provencher, MD, and Michael J. Stuart, MD.
“Dr. Matt Provencher and Dr. Mike Stuart on concussions will be awesome because of their professional athletic experience and how that had become a real issue, especially in kids’ sports today,” Bert, adjunct clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and of Woodbury Bone and Joint Specialists, said.
Bert also noted the total joint replacement section will include updates on the treatment of cartilage lesions, ligament reconstruction and torn ligaments and ligamentous injuries, as well as the patellofemoral joint. Romeo added there will be discussions and clinical algorithms presented on how to treat knee arthritis.
“In lower extremity joint replacement, there is a continuation of the work that has been done with long-term outcomes to be able to apply the correct treatment to the indication for the surgery,” Romeo, who is Chief Medical Editor of Orthopedics Today, said. “There have been some challenges in figuring out why a certain percentage of knee arthritis patients who undergo total knee arthroplasty continue to have persistent pain and our speakers are going to delve into that to give some insights on how we can get better outcomes than we currently are.”
Romeo added there will be discussions on outpatient total joint arthroplasty for the hip and knee.
“The outpatient total joint section is going to be very good because we have some outside experts who have hospital administrative experience, ASC experience and actual experience in managing the optimization of patients outcomes for making sure your complication rate is extremely low for doing total joints and how to choose the right patients,” Bert, who is the Business of Orthopedics Section Editor for Orthopedics Today, said.
According to Romeo, an area of focus in the trauma section will be discussions on patient management in minimizing complications.
In the shoulder and elbow section, Romeo noted there will be a focus on advancements in the ability to heal the rotator cuff to the bone, as well as on some of the latest advances in shoulder arthroplasty, such as reverse shoulder replacement and stemless shoulder replacements. He added there will be discussions on outpatient shoulder arthroplasty and the differences in protocols when compared with hip and knee arthroplasty.
“We are also going to talk about some of these new implant designs that are allowing us to do things with less bone loss, less blood loss [and] less pain and it is turning out to be a real advantage for our patients long term,” Romeo said.
Attendee take away
Not only will the presentations at Orthopedics Today Hawaii be done in a case and evidence-based manner, Bert noted the format of the meeting will allow for full audience participation with the use of audience response system technology. Romeo said organizers hope the interactive nature of the meeting will have attendees leaving with all of their questions answered.
“The feeling attendees should leave with is that this is the meeting that they need to come to every year because they get their most important questions answered by the experts who are working on solutions to the challenges that they deal with every day,” Romeo said. “We make this as interactive as possible and we try to connect the faculty with the audience so that they get their questions answered and that will help them broaden their expertise in the care of the patients that they provide when they get home.” – by Casey Tingle
Disclosures : Bert and Romeo report no relevant financial disclosures.