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.
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.
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.
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.
Improving Patient Outcomes with Orthopedic Wound Management Solutions
DePuy Synthes (Ethicon-Johnson & Johnson)

This course 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

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Breaking Down the Buzz
DJO Surgical

Breaking down the hottest topics and technologies in Orthopaedics, this session will describe surgical techniques and instrumentation to optimize efficiency and patient outcomes. The DJO ExprtTM philosophy is to minimize excessive instrumentation while yet allowing a seamless workflow in the operating room. This philosophy will include a discussion along with strategies on how to improve the overall efficiency of the surgical experience from patient preparation, operative room preparation, surgical procedure and post anesthesia recovery.

We will also describe the kinematics of the normal knee and discuss how articular congruency of a modern total knee arthroplasty can recreate a natural dual pivot kinematic pattern. Traditional cruciate retaining and cam-post articular surfaces have inconsistently recreated the normal knee kinematics. Many of the unsatisfied patients following total knee replacement may exhibit altered knee kinematics. A more congruent articular geometry will be discussed which may consistently provide more natural knee kinematics.

This session will also cover the recourses required to implement the safe adoption of an outpatient total joint arthroplasty program. The preoperative identification of medical co-morbidities and the appropriate patient selection to safely perform outpatient or short stay surgery is critical. Patient selections tools will be described that can safely predict a successful same day or next day procedure.

We will also discuss various methods to control costs and succeed in an episode of care bundled payment model. The fee for service payment model is evolving into an episode of care payment model. In order to succeed in this arena, surgeons and hospitals must be able to improve or maintain patient outcomes while minimizing their costs. Controlling surgical supply costs, limiting unnecessary home services and minimizing readmissions are critical elements.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
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.
Hot Topics in Outpatient TJR
DePuy Synthes

This dynamic session will explore trending topics with outpatient total joint replacement and includes a panel of surgeons for Q&A. Topics will include: Patient Selection, Patient Engagement, Evidence and the importance of data collection, Pain Management, Payor Relations and Post-Acute Care.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Survivorship & Satisfaction: Optimizing Both with the Persona Knee System
Zimmer Biomet

The future or knee arthroplasty is innovation that positively impacts patient outcomes in both the short and long term. Join our esteemed faculty for a discussion about technologies within the Persona Knee System developed to both ensure long term survivorship and enhance patient satisfaction. Discussion topics will include the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial component, Medial Congruent bearing, and Zimmer FuZion Instruments

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Preparing For Practice in Today’s Healthcare Environment
Surgical Care Affiliates

Participants will be divided into two groups.

Learning Objectives Group 1:

  • The three employment models and the benefits and cons of each type
  • Career goals – aligning your goals with the right employment model
  • How to pick a fellowship and stand out in interviews
  • How to say “no” to a fellowship interview you’ve already accepted
  • How to start building a brand with industry during residency
  • Preparing for fellowship

Learning Objectives Group 2:

  • The three employment models and the benefits and cons of each type
  • Career goals – aligning your goals with the right employment model
  • How to network for a job – when you should start looking
  • What to look for in a job – questions to ask the practice
  • Identifying your niche as a senior resident or fellow and starting to build your brad
  • Being a good junior partner and marketing yourself in your community
  • Identifying the right way to partner with community physicians to establish a referral network
  • Understanding the benefits of aligning yourself with an ASC and how to invest


Dinner will be served.

Friday, November 2, 2018

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Fixation in Today’s TKA Patient
DePuy Synthes

This symposium will discuss aseptic loosening in TKA. Our speaker will examine factors contributing to aseptic loosening: patient, device and surgical, as well as opportunities for improved survivorship based on recent research in this area.

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
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.
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.
Developing a Referral Strategy to Improve Quality
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.
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.
Advancements in Anterior Approach
DePuy Synthes

We will educate attendees on the anterior approach, techniques and technologies designed to help aid in the approach.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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.
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