It was exciting to return seven years after my first visit to Vail when I was invited to be part of the Grand Rounds at the Steadman Clinic. It was with Tom’s guidance that we started on the path to revolutionise patient care with the InternalBrace. I will always be indebted for his support and mentorship.
The skills lab allowed surgeons to internally brace the lateral, deltoid and syndesmotic ligaments as well as more challenging applications for the mid foot including the spring ligament.
The social side was every bit as good with a fun fireside chat which allowed Tom and I to reflect with delegates on the funnier moments. Tom and his wife Kay were also great hosts inviting myself and Jackie to join them after the course for dinner and a drop of whisky.
We also combined the clinical meeting with our ongoing research. Tom and I met at the Steadman Clinic and worked on plans to use robotics at the Steadman-Philippon research laboratory to look in detail at the role of the InternalBrace in restoring stability after serious high ankle sprains and techniques to enhance anchor placement.
Jackie and I returned home exhausted but inspired by our friends and the beauty of Colorado.