AO Technical Commission Experts' Symposia respond to clinical needs
In 2018, the AO's innovation driver, the AO Technical Commission, held four AO Technical Commission Experts' Symposia in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. These events bring health care professionals together to review the clinical performance of AO Technical Commission-approved technology, an essential element in the AO Technical Commission's quality assurance.
AO Technical Commission Experts' Symposia help the health care community identify unmet needs. They also offer newcomers the opportunity to present challenging cases to a panel of surgeons who are experts in their field.
The year's events started in Panama City, Panama, with 25 participants joining the 3rd Latin American Symposium, chaired by Dr Rodrigo Pesantez from the Fundación de Santa Fé de Bogotá.
The event was split into five sessions, each presented by a different regional faculty member, and included discussions on external fixation, geriatric pelvis and acetabulum fractures, tibial plateau fractures, periprosthetic fractures of the femur, and challenges in proximal femoral nailing or the role of augmentation. Fabio Suarez was awarded the prize for the best case presentation.
The recently introduced MAXFRAME multi-axial correction system was a highlight of the external fixation session. Case presentations shed light on the clear need for external fixator systems that facilitate joint motion—in particular at the elbow, knee, and wrist.
In May, AO Technical Commission joined forces with the AO Trauma Asia Pacific Current Concepts Courses to host the 12th Asia Pacific Expert's Symposium in Hong Kong, China. Theerachai Apivatthakakul from Chiang Mai University Hospital chaired the one-day symposium.
Over 50 participants took part in the four sessions. The submission of a challenging clinical case in one of the event's clinical areas was a prerequisite for attending. Surasak Jitprapaikulsarn from Thailand was the winner for the best case presentation.
In September, AO Technical Commission held the 1st Spine AO Technical Commission Experts' Symposium, in Montreal, Canada. Ten faculty and 22 participants from eleven countries discussed a range of topics at the one-and-a-half-day event, chaired by Maarten Spruit from Sint Maartenskliniek, the Netherlands. It was divided into five sessions during which participants and faculty discussed 30 case presentations.
Participants identified challenges for the AO Technical Commission and the industry, which the AO Technical Commission research community will address. The winners of the case presentations were Qian Bangping from China for his case on cervical deformity and Moyo C Kruyt from the Netherlands for his case on early onset scoliosis.
In October 2018, the 13th European AO Technical Commission Experts' Symposium was held at the Medical University Mainz, Germany, and chaired by Pol Rommens, from the University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany.
During the one-and-a-half-day session, ten faculty from four countries and 43 participants from 20 countries took part in discussions and learned from each other. The output from the event will be developed into concrete results that will be shared with participants and the broader AO Technical Commission community. In total, 27 cases were presented, and Max Hartel was declared the winner for his presentation during the session on double plating osteosynthesis on the distal femur.
Each year, AO Technical Commission offers surgeons outstanding opportunities to come together at its Expert Symposia events and explore the greatest challenges they face in their fields. These events build on expertise and knowledge gained year on year, meaning they provide relevant and timely expert focus for participants, faculty, and event chairs alike.