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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2018 Spring Meeting — New Orleans, Louisiana

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Drs. John Albrigo, George Branche, Andy Engh, Kevin Fricka, Nitin Goyal, William Hamilton, Craig McAsey, Sameer Nagda, and Stephen Saddler as well as one of our Physician Assistants, Marcella Elpers, recently returned from New Orleans after attending the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting.  The meeting typically draws over 25,000 attendees including both domestic and international physicians, exhibitors, and allied health professionals.  This meeting provides a unique opportunity to gain the latest information on advances in orthopaedics including treatments and techniques.

Our surgeons participated in this year’s program on many different levels.

Instructional Course Lectures:

  • Innovative Techniques in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – Metal-On-Metal corrosion problems — Fricka
  • The Treatment and Management of Acetabular Bone Loss in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty — Hamilton

Paper Presentations:

  • Adult Reconstruction Hip III: Complications of Total Hip Arthroplasty — Hamilton (presenter)
  • Early Periprosthetic Fracture Following Partial Knee Arthroplasty — Engh (co-author), Fricka (co-author), Goyal (co-author), Hamilton (co-author)
  • Running Two Rooms Does Not Compromise Outcomes or Patient Safety in Total Joint Arthroplasty — Hamilton (presenter), Engh (co-author), Fricka (co-author), Goyal (co-author)
  • Shoulder and Elbow: Shoulder Instability – Anterior — Nagda (moderator)
  • Outpatient Arthroplasty: Same Day, Home Safe — Hamilton
  • Value of Shoulder Replacement and Rotator Cuff Surgery: The Patients’ Perspective — Nagda (presenter)


  • AAOS Symposium of Revision Total Hip Replacement – Use of large diameter femoral heads — Engh (presenter)
  • AAHKS Specialty Day Session: Management of Revision Surgical Complications — Engh (moderator)

Game Changers Paper Session:

  • Running Two Rooms Does Not Compromise Outcomes or Patient Safety in Total Joint Arthroplasty — Hamilton (presenter), Engh (co-author), Fricka (co-author), Goyal (co-author)


  • The Air Barrier System Does Not Reduce the Incidence of Infection in Total Hip Arthroplasty — Hamilton
  • Is Outpatient Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty Safe to Perform at an Ambulatory Surgery Center? A Comparative Study of Early Postoperative Complications — Fricka


The Anderson Postgraduate Medical Education Foundation provided resources for airfare, lodging and medical education courses that allowed four employees from Inova Mount Vernon Hospital to attend the meeting.


Dr. Engh attended meetings as a Hip Society Board Member as well as a member of the AAOS Evidence Bases Quality and Value Committee which is dedicated to creating evidence based quality guidelines for problems such as management of hip fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, and management of lower extremity osteoarthritis.  He also represented the Hip Society as the member representative to the AAOS Board of Orthopaedic Specialty Societies.  The BOS combined with the Board of Counselors provide advice and guidance to the AAOS.

Dr. Fricka participated as a judge in abstract review prior to the meeting.  He was part of the team who made the decision on whose abstracts made the meeting.


Dr. Fricka attended a meeting regarding an ongoing, multi-center study that our surgeons are participating in call PEPPER (Pulmonary Embolism Prevention after Hip and Knee Replacement).  He also participated in a group discussion about new techniques in knee replacement surgery where all knee ligaments are saved.


Most importantly, all physicians attended a spectacular cocktail reception welcoming thirty-five years of previous fellows who trained in Hip and Knee Replacement at Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic.  A great time was had by all!


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