Arthroscopy Congress concludes

Arthroscopy Congress concludes
Highlights

The congress was attended by many eminent surgeons from all over the world and delivered talks on the recent advances in arthroscopy. The three-day 13th Indian Arthroscopy Congress (IAC) concluded in the city on Sunday.

The congress was attended by many eminent surgeons from all over the world and delivered talks on the recent advances in arthroscopy

The three-day 13th Indian Arthroscopy Congress (IAC) concluded in the city on Sunday.

Dr Anant Joshi (right) addressing the conference. Also seen are (from left) Dr K Raghuveer Reddy and Dr AB Imhoff

The congress focused on arthroscopy and sports medicine, which is a division of orthopaedics, which deals with the treatment of joint injuries and various sport related injuries. It is a reconstructive surgery done arthroscopically via keyhole size incision, which is used to treat different types of joint injuries and age related degenerative changes in joints, with the aid of fiber optic camera along with other operating instruments. Around 106 eminent surgeons from different parts of the world discussed latest advances and delivered talks on evidence based medicine.

Speaking on the occasion, organising secretary of the event Dr K Raghuveer Reddy, consultant, SISA hospital, said, “The advent of the latest procedure of realignment oesteotomy can avoid and postpone a knee joint replacement by 10 to 15 years. In western countries, especially Germany, most doctors and patients up to the age 65 years opt for realignment osteotomy instead of knee replacements. Realignment osteotomy surgeries are minimally invasive. They preserve the knee anatomy and thereby delay the need for a joint replacement for several years.”

Unlike in the west the common problem in Indian population is multi-ligament ruptures, this is largely due to high incidence of road accidents. Multi-ligament ruptures can now be treated with allografts, which are ligaments harvested from cadavers and implanted in patients. Single stage cartilage implant is another new procedure, where the bone marrow drawn from the patient is made in to a concentrate of stem cells through centrifuge and implanted on the knee.

During the congress, twenty surgeries were performed at SISA and Nova hospitals and were telecasted live at Taj Krishna. The surgeries were on different aspects like single stage cartilage repair; Sports related injuries; knee surgeries like Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) reconstructions; shoulder surgeries like rotator cuff repairs, recurrent shoulder dislocation, etc.

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