The American Academy meeting in San Diego (AAOS 2017) was an amazing meeting - the largest of its kind for the Orthopaedic Surgeons and for the Industry.
Over 10,000 surgeons attended, including a large delegation from the UK. As always I personally learned a lot as well as hopefully taught others about my own ideas and concepts.
I had some very good meetings with the engineers at Arthrex, discussing some of the innovations we have been working on with the internal brace for both repair and reconstruction. We are on target to have a new button that we will be bringing out very soon for internal brace reinforcement for reconstruction and repair.
So for repair we obviously use the button and internal brace as described by Gordon Mackay For reconstruction reinforcement that is where we are using a button and some tape to make our ligament allograft work a little better.
Greg deFelice had a fantastic exhibit with several papers, meta-analyses and posters around ACL Repair. His personal series is now close to 100 and patients are keen to be seen by him at the Hospital for Special Surgery to have this procedure. They can see the benefits of this themselves, and want to undergo a minimally-invasive procedure as opposed to the more traditional approach for ACL Reconstruction. He now has a Research Assistant and is publishing and presenting on a regular basic about his repair technique.
We did a great lab and I have now got some new options to offer my patients with regards cartilage repair. One in particular ProChondrix looks really exciting
It was a great meeting and fantastic to meet up with so many people at one venue.
Happily, Gordon Mackay and I had time to catch up with our ideas about the internal brace.