AAOS symposia offer valuable information, tools

One of the most valuable aspects of the AAOS Annual Meeting is the wide range of subjects covered in the symposia. Led by well-known experts in the field, symposia give attendees the opportunity to learn about and ask questions regarding legal and ethical issues, military surgery, and a variety of clinical topics. A few highlights of upcoming symposia follow.

Basilar Thumb Arthritis
. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom B. Mod­er­ator: Marco Rizzo, MD. Basilar thumb arthritis is a common cause of hand pain and dysfunction. This symposium reviews current concepts and controversies regarding its treatment. Topics will include surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, pathophysiology, and areas of debate.

Clinical Challenges Facing the Practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in Orthopedic Oncology. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom A. Moderator: Peter S. Rose, MD. Tailored to the non-oncologic orthopaedic surgeon, this symposium will review the diagnosis, work-up, and management of oncologic conditions t hrough case presentations.

High Performance Hip Replacement: What Is It? Who Is the Right Candidate?
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.,

La Nouvelle Ballroom. Moderator: John J. Callaghan, MD. More young and active patients are requiring total hip replacement. This symposium addresses the challenges of providing durable implants and satisfactory results in this dynamic patient population. Topics will include patient demographics, treatment alternatives, bio­mechanical and kinematic challenges, and bearing and fixation options.

The Orthopaedic Surgeon and Industry Relationship: Evolution or Revolution? 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., La Louisiane Ballroom B. Moderator: Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD. Partic­ipants in this symposium will explore the current regulatory and enforcement environment regarding the relationship and potential conflicts of interest between orthopaedic surgeons and industry. A special guest will be Kirk Ogrosky, who leads the Depart­ment of Justice Criminal Division’s healthcare fraud enforcement activities and is the senior prosecutor in the Division dedicated to criminal healthcare fraud enforcement.

Controversies and Complex Pathology in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., La Louisiane Ballroom A. Moderator: Richard K. N. Ryu, MD. Using the audience response system, attendees at this symposium will be able to weigh in on case-based presentations of complex shoulder arthroscopy. Primary pathology and the clinical evaluation will be discussed, followed by a detailed presentation of surgical techniques and rehabilitation.

Orthopaedic War Injuries. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom B. Moderator: Dana C. Covey, MD. More than 34,000 U.S. service members have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; most have musculoskeletal injuries. This symposium presents new treatments, research opportunities, and special challenges inherent in providing host nation orthopaedic care. It will also look at U.S. Department of Defense funding for musculoskeletal research.