Football injuries are the focus in Brazil
Professor Mackay was delighted to be invited to attend the Inaugural Team Physician’s Controversies Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil in September: ‘I had never been to South America, however, I was enticed by a superb Faculty, chaired by Dr Moises Cohen, surgeon to the Brazil national football team. I was amused to be described as ‘The Godfather’ of the Faculty. The Faculty itself was composed of eminent surgeons from throughout South America, as well as Dr Riley Williams from The Hospital for Special Surgery and Daryl Osbahr from Florida.
Landing in São Paulo was an experience as its population creeps towards 20 million. I had the pleasure of being welcomed by
It was my
The end of the first day concluded with a ‘Surgical Techniques’ spotlight with a focus on InternalBracing and its applications for ACL reconstruction.
The second day got off to a brisk start, looking at the role of ortho-biologics in elite athletes, in particular, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) and stem-cell applications.
With the day’s academic activities behind
The second day got off to a brisk start, looking at the role of ortho-biologics in elite athletes, in particular, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) and stem-cell applications. An overview was provided by Dr Williams, who has particular experience of injured athletes in the Hospital for Special Surgery. The day again concluded with surgical techniques, focusing on InternalBrace applications. An excellent presentation from Giovanni Carcuro on InternalBracing for ankle ligament repair was followed by an overview from Daryl Osbahr on medial collateral ligament repair of the knee.
I then had the pleasure of presenting my experience on AC joint reconstruction for instability using the InternalBrace to enhance stability and address horizontal laxity as well as speed up recovery.
Socially, São Paulo was a wonderful experience, meeting friends and surgeons from all areas of South America and enjoying
The most striking memory of our visit to South America was the wonderful warmth and friendship of the people we met, we are looking forward to visiting again.