AAHKS Orthopaedic Team Course


Friday, November 6, 2020
7:00 a.m.

This course has been specifically created for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Surgical Assistants and Physical Therapists specializing in total joint arthroplasty.

Scope and Objective

This course will cover the diagnoses and treatments of disorders seen by the orthopaedic team specializing in hip and knee reconstruction. It is designed for the non-physician surgical team members who care for these patients. During interactive sessions, expert faculty will:

  • Present options for nonoperative treatment
  • Highlight clinical and non-clinical challenges PAs face
  • Hold mini debates on robotic TKA and anterior vs. posterior approach for THA
  • Discuss perioperative hot topics such as minimizing narcotics
  • Evaluate complications

CME Credits

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Individuals should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Sample Topics from 2019

Session I: Nonoperative Management of Hip and Knee Arthritis and Pre-Operative Issues Prior to Arthroplasty

Medications, Injections, PT – Nonoperative Recommendations for Osteoarthritis: Hip and Knee

Indications for Arthroscopy for the Degenerative Hip or Knee Joint

Medical Optimization for Total Joint Arthroplasty: Who, When and How?

PA Planning for Arthroplasty from Simple to Complex – Avoiding Pitfalls and Having Plans B, C & D

Panel Discussion: Nonoperative Management and Preoperative Issues Prior to Arthroplasty

Session II: Knees

Indications and Results of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty

Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Basics – CR vs. PS; Gap Balancing vs. Measured Resection; Techniques for Obtaining Alignment; When to Consider Stemming the Tibia


Robotics for Knee Replacement Is the Future – Affirms

Robotics for Knee Replacement Is the Future – Denies

Panel Discussion: Knee Arthroplasty

Session III: Hips

Total Hip Arthroplasty: Basic Concepts – Stem Designs, When to Cement, Ceramic vs. Cobalt-Chrome Heads, Dual Mobility, Technology to Improve our Accuracy

Templating for Total Hip Arthroplasty

The Hip-Spine Relationship: How to Help Identify Difficult Patients Preoperatively and Basic Concepts to Avoid Complications

The Anterior Approach Is Clearly Superior – Affirms     

The Anterior Approach Is Clearly Superior – Denies

Working Lunch with PA Panel

Session IV: Perioperative Hot Topics

The Latest and Greatest in Wound Closure: Surgical Videos of Incisional Wound Vacs, Zip Line, Prineo, etc.

Combating the Opioid Crisis in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Improving Perioperative Pain Management and Minimizing Narcotics

Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty: What Are the Necessary Tools for Success?

Patient Care Navigation: How Do We Help Our Patients Be Successful?

Session V: Complications

Evaluation of the Painful Arthroplasty

1- vs. 2-Stage Exchange for the Infected Total Joint Arthroplasty: Is There a “Gold Standard”?

“Things That Keep Us Up at Night”: Dealing with Early Post-Operative Complications