Industry Symposia

Industry symposia take place on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2. This is an overview of the symposia. Details are subject to change.

Industry Symposia are separate from the official program planned by the AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee
and do not offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ unless noted by the sponsor.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom E
AmnioFix: Where Does it Fit in Clinical Practice?

Kris J. Alden, MD discusses his experience with AmnioFix, a micronized dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane. The session will focus on how MiMedx placental tissue allografts are utilized as nonsurgical interventions. We will review preclinical scientific research and clinical studies in the areas of sports medicine, orthopedics and aging-related musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, we will explore the BLA clinical studies being conducted by MiMedx and review clinical data involving tendinosis and joint conditions.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A
Novel Opioid Sparing Approach for Hip and Total Knee Procedures


In light of the opioid epidemic, Daniel Matthews, MD and Cathy Trame MS, CNS, RN focus on the role of effective multimodal therapy protocols to reduce post-op opioid consumption following total knee and hip procedures.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom D
Physician-Driven Bundles in Outpatient Total Joint Surgery: A New Value-Based Paradigm
Reflexion Health

Develop a roadmap to building a self-convened, commercial outpatient bundled payments into your practice with a proven model that offers the tools, standards, best practices and partnerships needed to be successful. Learn how to shift site of service as you transition from fee-for-service to value-based care using bundled payments in outpatient joint replacement. Four fellowship-trained joint surgeons from Greensboro, NC built one of the country’s first physician-driven, value-based outpatient commercial total joint bundled programs where they became their own convener while managing both the clinical and financial aspects of the bundle. Armed with over a year of patient data, these private-practicing joint surgeons will explain the critical clinical and business pillars needed to ensure a successful transition to this new health care model.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom E
Improving Patient Outcomes with Orthopedic Wound Management Solutions
DePuy Synthes & Ethicon: Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

This presentation by Dr. Ryan Nunley will focus on real world evidence for use of STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices and DERMABOND PRINEO™ Skin Closure System.

  • Importance of Wound Management
  • Managing Risk factors of SSIs
  • Wound closure dressings and wound complications
  • Evidence and techniques using STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices and DERMABOND PRINEO™ Skin Closure System

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom B

Cryoanalgesia*: A Path to an Opioid-Free TKA, Pre-op Through Rehab

This symposium will feature discussions including the evolution of cryoanalgesia technologies, application to multimodal pain management protocols, and an overview of the interim and published clinical data on the iovera° technology. Surgeon presentations will focus on how integrating iovera° has helped them to enhance clinical outcomes, improve post-surgical recovery and reduce costs. Attendees will participate in an interactive forum with surgeon faculty.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A
Computer Assisted Anatomic Tibia First, Balanced Femur TKA

Mark Clatworthy, MD will educate attendees on a Computer Assisted Anatomic Tibia First, Balanced Femur approach to total knee arthroplasty.

The focus will be on an emerging technique in total knee arthroplasty that emphasizes patient-specific soft-tissue balance through individualized bone resections while maintaining constraints in their overall mechanical alignment. Dr. Clatworthy will present his surgical technique including patient selection, mechanical alignment distribution summaries, patient satisfaction scores and early results of an ongoing registry study. Participants will experience KNEE3 the enabling technology that emphasizes patient specific soft-tissue alignment while maintaining and verifying mechanical alignment boundaries.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom B
Evolving Utility of Negative Pressure Therapy in Arthroplasty Patients: Review of New Clinical Evidence to Reduce Complications and Improve Functional Outcomes
KCI – An Acelity Company

Wound complications are reported in up to 10% of hip and knee arthroplasties. The incidence of postoperative wound complications is influenced by diabetes, obesity, quality of soft tissues, use of steroids, soft tissue handling and duration and complexity of surgery. We will explore the latest clinical evidence evaluating closed incision negative pressure therapy (CiNPT) to reduce postoperative complications and the emerging role of negative pressure in improving functional outcomes.

Lunch will be served.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom D
Breaking Down the Buzz
DJO Surgical

Breaking down the hottest topics and technologies in Orthopaedics, this session will bring together surgeon thought leaders and experts to debate and discuss:

  • Navigating the Transition to Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty: What You Need to be Successful
  • The Dangers of Taper Corrosion and How Trunnion Geometry Plays a Role
  • Direct Anterior vs Mini Posterior Approach Debate: Pros and Cons, Technical Considerations
  • Cementless Total Knee Arthroplasty: Is It Time to Make the Switch?
  • Natural Knee Stability and Motion: It’s About Satisfaction, Not Just Survivorship


James Browne, MD
Michael Meneghini, MD
Scott Sporer, MD
Michael Taunton, MD
Douglas Padgett, MD

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom E
Transitioning to Same-Day Surgery: Outpatient Total Joints

The intent of this program is to provide the rationale for and discuss the innovative methods used to perform outpatient total joint procedures. Course faculty will share their experiences transitioning to same-day surgery. Topics addressed include but are not limited to patient selection, pain management, reimbursement considerations, blood management, and utilization of physical therapy to optimize patient outcomes. The course is intended to give healthcare providers additional tools and confidence to perform same-day total joint replacement.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom E
Four Critical Enablers for Successful TJR Migration to an ASC setting: Pain, Payor, Pathway and Partnerships
DePuy Synthes

This fast-paced symposium will include the following expert panelists:  An Anesthesiologist, a Payor, a Surgeon and Surgery Center Management companies.  Each panelist will share their experiences migrating TJR programs to an ASC setting.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the panelist during Q&A.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom B
Rising to Meet the Threat Posed by Periprosthetic Joint Infection
with Dr. Javad Parvizi

Heraeus Medical LLC

This forum will present well-informed updates on critical issues, with participants gaining new insights regarding:

  • The growing clinical and economic burden of disease and infection
  • Approaches to understanding the individualized risk of disease and infection
  • Evidence-based, personalized approaches to mitigate the risk of disease and infection

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A
Cementing the Hip: New Focus on a Gold Standard
Heraeus Medical LLC

Course participants will learn when to deploy and how to perform cementation in total hip arthroplasty.

During the first hour, course faculty will focus on:

  • Evidence supporting cement use in THA
  • Patient selection
  • Surgical and cementing technique
  • Watch outs and methods

During the 2nd half of the symposium, participants will put the concepts they just learned into practice with sawbones and coaching from course faculty.

Friday, November 2, 2018

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom E
Optimizing Results in Total Knee Arthroplasty: Staying Out and Getting Out of Trouble
DePuy Synthes

Thomas Fehring, MD; (Chairman)
Daniel Berry, MD
Bohannon Mason, MD
Mark Pagnano, MD
Robert Trousdale, MD

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom B
OA Symptom Management for Non-Operative and Non-Optimized Hip and Knee Patients: Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation

A discussion of clinical outcomes of a non-opioid minimally-invasive treatment for patients suffering from chronic knee and hip pain. COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency is FDA indicated to treat OA knee pain and provides durable pain relief for up to 12 months.

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom A
Practical Tools for Bundled Payment Success – Will Your Strategy Work?
Smith & Nephew

The US healthcare environment is shifting, and bundled payment initiatives are on the rise. Surgeons and healthcare providers are looking for improved outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. This session will bring together surgeon thought leaders and experts to cover the shifting healthcare landscape and reasons for change, the various influences on the cost of the episode of care, and the technologies and tools that can assist in driving greater patient satisfaction and better outcomes.

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom D
How Specialists Can Align with Referring Physicians in a Value-Based Environment.
Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Understand how a collaborative care environment improves quality of care.
  • Learn about Optum’s ambulatory ecosystem of PCPs, urgent care centers, patient engagement tools, etc.
  • Understand how referring physicians and patients choose their specialists.

Panel Speakers: Optum surgeon, PCP physician, urgent care physician, Rally patient engagement leader

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom D
Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty: Economics, Protocols and Challenges
Corentec America

This Symposium has convened experts with many years experience in outpatient TJA. We will provide the audience with a general and specific outlook on the rationale behind TJA, the issues that stand in the way of implementing outpatient TJA and allows the experts to share their clinical path protocols.

In recent years, there has been a tremendous interest in outpatient TJA. The latter desires stems from a combination of factors that includes our ability to implement better clinical pathways, the introduction of less-invasive surgical approaches, the use of regional anesthesia and advances in multimodal pain management. The turning economic environment in the health care and the introduction of bundle reimbursement, have also contributed to the rise in interest in outpatient total joint replacement.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom E
Advancing Total Hip Arthroplasty through Automation

DePuy Synthes

Please join us to learn about a new technology designed to advance THA through automation.  The KINCISE System aims to increase efficiency and accuracy while reducing surgeon fatigue. Join us to hear from key thought leaders about how this technology has advanced their practice through didactic presentation and a live surgery!


  • KINCISE Technology Overview
  • Live Anterior Approach Surgery
  • Clinical Study Updates
  • Discussion and Q&A

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A
Localized Treatment for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain with a Novel Intra-Articular Formulation
Flexion Therapeutics

Osteoarthritis of the knee (OAK) is increasing in prevalence with patients being diagnosed earlier and living longer with pain. With the increasing impact of OAK, it becomes increasingly important for clinicians to have treatment options along the disease continuum to alleviate the joint pain that is a hallmark of OAK.

This program will introduce ZILRETTA® (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension), the first and only FDA-approved intra-articular treatment for OAK pain utilizing extended-release microsphere technology.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom B
From Design to Data – A Value-Based Overview of Mako Technology

This symposium will feature discussions around Mako including a technology overview, case studies and a clinical data summary. Surgeon presentations will focus on relevant industry topics and how Mako can help orthopaedic surgeons thrive in an evolving healthcare landscape. Attendees will participate in an interactive forum with surgeon faculty.


    1. Mako Technology – Overview of the key differentiated features
    2. CT Scans- Providing patients with a personalized surgical experience
    3. Clinical Data- Current clinical data, early clinical study data, potential for data in the future
    4. Meeting the Demands of an Evolving Healthcare Landscape with Mako
    5. Panel Discussion and Q&A

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Anatole Sculpture Park
Zimmer Biomet Educational Event

Zimmer Biomet 

Join Zimmer Biomet for a morning of education featuring the latest implants and technologies designed to provide solutions to the needs of Total Hip and Knee patients: to alleviate their pain, restore their mobility, and improve the quality of their lives. In addition to having access to hands-on experiences, you will have the opportunity to discuss challenges of THA and TKA with our on-site faculty.