Great to spend a day in the Arthrex skills lab in Munich with some excellent Dutch sports surgeons.
All of the latest techniques for joint repair were explored. The focus was on optimising the potential of the IB to minimise donor site injury and in doing so hopefully reduce the risk of long term osteoarthritis.
Above: With the group of Dutch surgeons at the Arthrex – Munich lab.
A meeting of minds all accepting the need for change made for an exciting day. The focus was on repair of the ACL and MCL using the Internal Brace in both the acute and chronic situation. Some astute suggestions were made to help refine our approach even further. There was a general agreement on approach although the complex posterolateral corner remained controversial. Several surgeons are now intending to start Internal Bracing as soon as next week. The additional use of the IB for collateral ligament laxity after joint replacement was suggested by one surgeon as he felt it may help to avoid unnecessary revision. The Dutch Masters seem keen to turn the Internal Brace Orange!
A sharp turnaround prevented us from cementing the experience in the Munich sunshine although a late night beer on arrival afforded a more informal catch up the night before.