Florida hosted a packed technology forum attracting 400 invited delegates from the leading sports surgery centers in the US. Key research that is changing orthopaedics and dictating future practice was shared.
The role of the anterolateral ligament was confidently presented by the world’s leading expert Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, the advantages of hand held ultrasound in clinical practice and the benefits of innovative cuff repairs involving Peter Millett’s speedbridge technique gave delegates some pearls to take home. I am delighted to report that the internal brace seatbelt principle was explained and supported by excellent biomechanical research from Munich. The convergence of basic science and excellent early clinical results supports the multiple applications not only for ligament repair but also reconstruction.
Above: The seatbelt principle as applied to the Internal Brace
Early mobilization and dramatically reduced recovery times have ensured that the technique is now established in leading North American surgical centers including; Steadman Clinic Colorado, Kerlan-Jobe Clinic California, Andrews Institute Florida, HSS New York and the Mayo Clinic.
Above: A new ultrasound scanner, this small device with wireless connection to ipad for diagnosis and guided injections is great idea, which will dramatically reduce the need for MRI imaging.
The impact of the internalBrace on American sporting life was captured by numerous case studies documenting its impact on NBA, Baseball and NFL. 2017 looks like it will be the tipping point for this new approach, it was a pleasure to share our results confirming the success of ACL repair with the internalBrace with a 2-year outcome study. It is now over five years since the first successful repair. We had the pleasure of meeting and sharing ideas with some orthopaedic legends and true surgical pioneers including Don Johnson and James Esch.
It was a pleasure to meet other surgeons from all over the States who have already adopted internal bracing and I was delighted to meet so many. Several shared studies have spun out of these brief exchanges.
Socially it was a pleasure to meet so many friends including Rich Roux who was keen to share his travel tips for California as we look forward to the Academy in San Diego this March.