Three scientific exhibits earn Awards of Excellence

This year’s Annual Meeting features 89 scientific exhibits, which can be viewed in the Morial Convention Center’s Academy Hall E. As a group, the exhibits are noteworthy in their own right, because they represent the best of more than 250 abstracts that were submitted for consideration. But from the perspective of the AAOS Exhibits Committee, three warrant your special attention.

Committee members William H. Seitz Jr., MD, chair; George W. Balfour, MD; J. David Blaha, MD; A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil (Oxon); Steven M. Kurtz, MD; Alfonso Mejia, MD; Pekka A. Mooar, MD; Joseph T. Moskal; MD, Michael P. Mott, MD; and David L. Nelson, MD, reviewed the exhibits on Wednesday, evaluating each on its level of medical or scientific contribution, clarity of content, educational value, use of graphics, and overall design. The following three exhibits were selected to receive Awards of Excellence:

SE36 – A Prospective Study of 80,000 Total Joint and 5,000 ACLR Procedures in a Community-based Registry in the United States. Presenter: Liz Paxton, MA; co-authors: Robert S. Namba, MD; Maria Carolina Secorun Inacio, MS; Monti Khatod, MD; Gregory B. Maletis, MD; Eric J Yue, MD; T. Ted Funahashi, MD; and Ronald W. B. Wyatt, MD. A community-based registry with more than 85,000 ortho­paedic procedures provides implant survival rates; identifies pa­tients, techniques, and implant risk factors; and influences clinical practice.

SE64 – Recurrent Shoulder Instability: Current Concepts for Evaluation and Management of Glenoid Bone Loss. Presenter: Neil S. Ghodadra, MD; co-authors: Robert C. Grumet, MD; Bernard R. Bach Jr., MD; Timothy Scott Mologne, MD; Matthew T. Provencher, MD; and Anthony A. Romeo, MD. Failed shoulder instability secondary to bone loss emphasizes the need for proper preoperative identification, accurate determination of bone loss with advanced imaging, and the appropriate procedure.

SE81 – Effects of Construct Stiffness on Healing of Fractures Stabilized With Locking Plates. Presenter: Michael Bottlang, PhD; co-authors: Josef Doornink, MS; Daniel C. Fitzpatrick, MD; John Lawrence Marsh, MD; Peter Augat, PhD; Brigitte von Rechenberg, MD; Maren Lesser, MD; and Steven Michael Madey, MD. Fracture healing with locking plates was evaluated in clinical and animal studies. Stiff locking constructs suppressed healing while stiffness-reduced far cortical locking constructs promoted healing.

Additionally, a number of other top scientific exhibits were selected for possible inclusion in a fall 2010 supplement to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

The scientific exhibits may be viewed today until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The presenters will be at their exhibits today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to provide information and answer questions.