Professor Mackay has just attended the worlds biggest orthopaedic meeting, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons, #AAOS2018 which took place last week in New Orleans, Louisiana and which managed to fill a convention centre which seemed to be the size of Scotland. Professor Mackay reports that the trade fair was absolutely buzzing with the very latest technology and a predictions for the future of orthopaedics and he has sent us the following report from the event.
The Arthrex booth was amongst the busiest with the InternalBrace taking centre stage at #AAOS2018. The principle of protecting your repair and reconstructions were beautifully illustrated and animated. The Thursday night social function also had all the applications of the InternalBrace proudly on display all the way from the car park outside to the big screen in the main reception area. The other innovation that took my eye and offers great potential is the Nanoscope. I had the opportunity to test the prototype in the Arthrex skills lab. New material and imaging technology now potentially allows any joint to be viewed directly in the office through a stab incision.
Above: The busy Arthrex stand. The InternalBrace and its multiple applications for ligament repair were beautifully illustrated and displayed.
As always the Academy provides a fantastic melting pot for the exchange of ideas and experience. I was delighted to meet specialists from as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Singapore and Panama who are already using the InternalBrace to transform patient care.
The whole program was packed, as always with expert opinion on all aspects of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Next years meeting is in Las Vegas and has already started to take bookings. Future opportunities were also raised, due to demand, with South America especially in Brazil and Mexico. The InternalBrace is already being use to accelerate the recovery of international soccer players. Moises Cohen of the Cohen Institute, is their surgical expert with a world wide reputation as a leading sports surgeon and, for football lovers, is also a personal friend of Pele. Interestingly China has also enquired due to the exponential growth in interest there in the InternalBrace.
New Orleans itself certainly had a unique vibe with its relaxed manner, jazz music and friendly people. I even took the opportunity to paint in an attempt to capture it in a very amateur way.
Above: It was also great to hear at the meeting about how the military are making use of InternalBrace technology to return injured personnel to fitness more quickly.
Above: Delighted that Bruno Toussant Professor Mackay’s French friend and leading expert from Annecy, will be visiting Glasgow for ESSKA in May 2018
Above: Now that’s a beautiful sight – the InternalBrace larger than a Scots Professor in a kilt at #AAOS2018
Above: Great sharing ideas with Steve Jordan from Florida on how to optimise ACL InternalBrace reconstruction with the latest Biologics – he is a pioneer.
For more photographs from AAOS2018 click our gallery below.