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Friday, March 2, 2001

15 societies to hold Specialty Day programs

Specialty Day is a superb educational opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to focus on the latest information available within their sphere of interest.

Fifteen specialty societies that are part of the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMSS) will present programs all day Saturday.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society will meet in room 306-308 of Moscone Convention Center, starting with an early bird symposium, "Coding/ Medicare/Blue Cross Update," followed by a presidential welcome by Michael J. Shereff, MD. Sessions during the day will concern ankle disorders, hindfoot, forefoot, trauma and epidemiology, including a discussion on "Current Practice Patterns in the Treatment of Charcot Foot." A symposium will be conducted on "Bunions, What Went Wrong?" including discussions on "Flexible Flatfoot: 13-Year Outcome Study" and "Extracorporeal Shockwave Application is Effective for Chronic Plantar Faciitis-Five Year Results. Other symposia are "Chronic Tendon Injuries Around the Ankle;" and "Talus Fractures."

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting will get underway at 7:55 a.m. in the San Francisco Marriott hotel, Salon 9-15, with treatments of shoulder problems being spotlighted in the first half of the morning, followed by the ankle and lower extremity. Attention then turns to the knee with sessions on the meniscus, pediatric knee, and anterior cruciate ligament. Symposia includes "Posterior Instability of Shoulder," "Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee," and "The Role of Concomitant Surgery in the Management of the ACL-Deficient Knee." Two Spotlight on Surgical Techniques are scheduled: "Subscapularis Rupture: Evaluation and Surgical Techniques" and "SLAP Repair." The meeting also includes the Kennedy Lectureship by John A. Feagin Jr. MD, "The Crucial Principles: Legends and Lessons Learned-35 years of Knee Surgery," and a discussion on "Update: Cartilage Resurfacing: Where Are We Today?"

Shoulder instability is the first topic on the agenda of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society which will meet at 7:50 a.m. in Salon 7 of the San Francisco Marriott. Topics during the day also are revisions instability, thermal capsulorrhaphy, elbow fracture and arthritis, total elbow arthroplasty, shoulder arthritis, failed shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder fractures, massive cuff tears and arthroplasty for rotator cuff tears.

"How to" videos will be presented on inferior capsular shift, arthroscopic bankart repair, distal biceps tendon repair, open contracture release and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

The Athlete's Arm: Performance and Pathology of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand is the theme of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting starting at 8 a.m. in room 303-305 of Moscone Convention Center. The topics in the Physician/Athlete Interactions session range from "Special Concerns of Professional Athletes, Their Coaches and Agents" to "Female Athletes: Are They Different?" Later sessions will focus on the elbow, specifically of the throwing athlete; weightlifting injuries; epicondylitis; and post traumatic instability.

Sessions in the afternoon shift to the wrist-scaphoid fractures and scapholunate ligament without arthritis-followed by sports-related neurovascular disorders, and the hand.

Eight symposia are on the agenda of the Arthroscopy Association of North America meeting at 8 a.m. in Gateway Ballroom of Moscone Convention Center. The sessions are on anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, meniscus, articular cartilage/patellofemoral, subacromial space/rotator cuff surgery, glenohumeral instability and thermal surgery. Economic issues will be addressed in a symposium on "Making Your Orthopaedic Office Profitable Through the Use of Ancillary Services."

The Federation of Spine Associations will meet in Salon 8 of the San Francisco Marriott. The North American Spine Society meeting is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; American Spinal Injury Association, 10:15 a.m. to noon; Scoliosis Research Society, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Cervical Spine Research Society, 3 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. The Knee Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons will hold a combined meeting in the Hilton Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Salon A starting at 8 a.m. The five symposium subjects are "Tibial Modularity: The Cause of Premature Failure of TKR;" "Mobile Bearing Knees: What's All the Fuss About?"; "Unicompartmental TKR in the Millen-nium;" "Hinges in Revision TKR -Back to the Future;" and "DVT Prophylaxis: What's Hot and What's Not?"

The Insall Award, Coventry Award and Ranawat Award papers also will be presented. Thomas S. Thornhill, MD, Knee Society president, will give a tribute to John N. Insall, MD, who passed away recently.

The business meeting of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, open only to MSTS members, will be at 7 a.m. in room 250-262 of Moscone Convention Center. following the business meeting at 8:30 a.m. Mark C. Gebhardt, MD, president of the MSTS, will give the opening remarks at the society's Specialty Day meeting. The meeting will cover soft tissue sarcoma classification and biology and adjuvant treatments-radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. The afternoon will focus on surgery. The goals and objective of the meeting are to provide an overview of current reconstruction strategies, following limb-sparing resection for extremities and pelvic tumors; review short- and long-term outcome of limb-sparing surgery reconstructions; and discuss new techniques and approaches for limb-sparing surgery in adults and children.

The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association business meeting begins at 7 a.m. in room 224-226 of Moscone Convention Center and is followed by symposia on "Submuscular Plating of Fractures-New Techniques of Trauma Management to Enhance Rehabilitation;" and "Management of Shoulder Problems in the Neurologic Patient." The meeting includes presentation of the 2001 Jackquelin Perry Award Paper. A symposium on "Management of Shoulder Problems in the Neurologic Patient" will be presented in the afternoon. The objective of the meeting is to present and review for the orthopaedic surgeon and resident-in-training surgical methods applicable with chronic musculoskeletal or neuromuscular disorders.

"Technological Advances in Trauma-Minimally Invasive Surgery" will open the Orthopaedic Trauma Association meeting at 7:45 a.m. in room 130-131 of Moscone Convention Center. Other discussions include "Prospective Randomized Clinical Multi-Center Trial, Operative Vs. Nonoperative Treatment of Displaced Intraarticular Calcaneal Fractures" "Infections Following Orthopaedic Trauma-A Matter of Choice," Practice Management for Orthopaedic Traumatologists," and "Musculoskeletal Trauma State of the Art in 2001-General Approach to the Trauma Patient in 2001."

"Newer Technologies" is the first discussion on the agenda of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America at 8 a.m. in room 200-212 of Moscone Convention Center. R. Jay Cummings, program chairman, said the POSNA program aims to provide an update on the latest advances in all of medicine that might be of interest to a pediatric orthopaedist. therefore, the speakers include some nonpediatric orthopaedists and radiologists. Advances in orthopaedic imaging, the pediatric and adolescent athlete, and adult consequences of pediatric orthopaedic problems will be discussed during the meeting. Part of the morning session will be devoted to selected free papers on pediatric trauma.

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