Published 11/1/2014

Sign Up for Specialty Day

Saturday, March 29, 2015, is Specialty Day—a time when member organizations of the Board of Specialty Societies present focused educational programming.

Last month, AAOS Now presented a preview of what to expect from the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Federation of Spine Associations, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Here’s what the remaining societies have planned!

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) program highlights include detailed symposia and scientific presentations on the following: the politics of medicine; the not-so-simple ankle fracture; ankle instability; ankle replacement and fusion; adolescent foot troubles; and controversies in foot and ankle surgery. In addition, original clinical and basic science research papers will be presented.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) present a joint program. Interactive, in-depth presentations and debates on state-of-the-art surgical treatment of common disorders of the upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, will be on the agenda. In addition, experts will debate and defend their preferred surgical treatment options, and the following topics will be covered:

  • Highs and lows of upper extremity surgery in relation to the Affordable Care Act
  • Evidence-based best treatment options for upper extremity pathology
  • Multiple video demonstrations of state-of-the-art surgical treatments
  • Tenex phacoemulsification for tennis elbow
  • Conundrums, controversies, and clarity in upper extremity surgery

Care and treatment of the adolescent and teenage athlete are extremely important to the members of the AOSSM, and an afternoon session with cutting-edge research is being devoted to this topic. This session will feature presentations on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and correlates with injury in youth and adolescent pitchers.

The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS) will have sessions on intramedullary lengthening, biologic manipulation of bony defects, and joint reconstruction for lengthening congenital differences. In addition, the best papers of the LLRS 24th annual scientific meeting will be presented.

The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) program will include sessions on denosumab for giant cell tumor of bone and prospective collaborative research in musculoskeletal oncology. In addition, the pros and cons of various options for hip reconstruction following massive pelvic tumors will be presented.

Knee Society
The open meeting of the Knee Society will feature sessions on how the experts perform primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA), controversies in TKA infection, optimizing results in revision TKA, and rational assessment of new technologies. Video vignettes of ligament balancing by the masters will be shown.

Hip Society
The open meeting of the Hip Society will focus on minimizing complications in primary and revision total hip arthroplasty (THA), perioperative management issues in primary and revision THA, and hip preservation in 2015. Video vignettes on how to perform a revision THA will be shown.