Industry Symposia

Join these symposia on a variety of topics included with the Annual Meeting. Register

Industry symposia take place on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4.  Details are subject to change.

If you have already registered and would like to add any of these course to your registration, log into the AAHKS member website, and click “view/edit” on the 2022 Annual Meeting under “My Registrations.” In Step 2, “Sessions,” check the box next to any available courses you wish to add.

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.

Industry Symposia Times and Topics


3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Techniques, Technologies & Protocols to Improve Operating Room Efficiencies

Join our subject matter experts as they convey firsthand experiences establishing clinical and anesthesia protocols to launch and maintain a successful & efficient outpatient total joint program. The speakers will discuss blood management, surgical strategies, pain management, treating nausea, and the importance of building your team to improve patient outcomes.

Faculty: Drs. Charles DeCook, Jeremy Statton & Mark Hamilton
Location: Grapevine 2 & 3

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: AAHKS WIA Course: Tips and Techniques Surgical Skills Course
This hands-on surgical skills cadaver course lead by top female arthroplasty surgeons is designed to build attendees foundation of numerous primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty techniques by learning current best practices, as well as emerging technologies designed to enhance patient outcomes. We will also highlight how treatment methods have evolved, and familiarize you with robotics and state-of-the-art techniques during a hands-on skills lab. Pre-registration required.

Location: Longhorn Exhibit Hall C

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Continuum of Care in TJA
Didactic session outlining an overview of SNN continuum of care.

“Intraoperative flexibility in hip arthroplasty: cement or not to cement?”

  • Dr. Blankstein

“Addressing the Spinopelvic Relationship through Preoperative Modeling and Alternative Materials in Dual Mobility”

  • Dr. Waddell

“The evolution of the robotically enabled reverse hybrid knee, JII ROX and CORI”

  • Dr. Schwarzkopf
  • Dr. Seyler
    Location: Grapevine 1

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Restoring Knee Function with Advances in Implant, Technique, and Technology.
DePuy Synthes
Learn about DePuy Synthes’ latest innovations through an interactive experience led by esteemed faculty where attendees will dive into the core pillars of Knee Restoration with proven surgical techniques, and revolutionary technologies like VELYS™ Robotic Assisted Solutions

Location: Grapevine 4&5

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Prosthetic Joint Infection Diagnostics: Exploring the Role of Syndromic Testing in Practice
bioMérieux, Inc. 
Joint infections are a source of significant morbidity and can be fatal is missed. Definitive diagnosis can be difficult, and early identification and initiation of appropriate antibiotics are critical to patient outcomes.

The goal of this program is to educate clinicians on advancements in diagnostic technologies to aid in the timely diagnosis and initiation of appropriate management of joint infections.

 Location: Grapevine 6

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Strategic Transactions for Orthopedic Groups: Private Equity, Mega-Groups, Hospitals, etc. — (NEW) Including Panel of 5 Orthopedic Surgeons Who Partnered with Different Private Equity Platforms to Provide Their First-Hand Perspectives
Epstein Becker & Green (Gary Herschman, Esq.), Vector Medical Group (Dana Jacoby) & DC Advisory (Hector Torres)

Last year, more than 30 orthopedic groups (including several large, reputable practices) partnered with private equity (PE) platforms, hospitals and other healthcare companies, and at least 15 more have transacted through the first half of 2022 — with many more in process and likely to close before the end of 2022.

This Symposium will be broken down into two parts.  The first part of this session will educate orthopedic group physicians and executives on:

  • Why so many groups are transacting?
  • How orthopedic practices are valued;
  • Pros and cons of different strategic options;
  • Whether a partnership is right for your group (as its not right for every group)
  • How to best protect the physicians’ interests in connection with strategic transactions.

The second part of this session will include a panel of 5 orthopedic surgeons whose groups partnered with 5 different private equity platforms, to provide their perspectives and answer the questions on everyone’s mind, including:  (i) why their groups decided to partner with PE; (ii) how “life has been” since the partnership; (iii) what’s been good and bad;  (iv) what would they have done differently if they could do it again; (v) pros and cons; and (vi) what has changed since the partnership started (any impact on clinical decisions, hours, staffing, benefits, etc.)?

Orthopedic Surgeon Panelists:

Sridhar Durbkhakula, M.D., OrthoBethesda (Aligned Orthopedic Partners)

Raymond Kim, M.D., The Steadman Clinic (Orthopedic Care Partners)

Kevin Pelton, M.D., Los Angeles Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists (UnityMSK)

Trevor Pickering, M.D., Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (U.S. Orthopedic Partners)

Jeffrey Richmond, M.D., Orthopaedic Specialists of Manhasset (Spire Orthopedic Partners)

Location: Grapevine 2&3

    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Advantages of Advanced Irrigation Technologies

    Next Science
    The program will be a combination of presentation of extensive clinical studies with a novel irrigation technology both in primary joint replacement as well as revisions, reviewing the areas of postoperative complication, infection and inflammation.

    Additionally, there will be a section presenting invitro and animal data on the impact of this novel irrigation technology on interdigitation on cemented implants and improving pull out strength, with early clinical feedback.

    Location: Grapevine 4 & 5


    7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Enter a New World of Postoperative Pain Management
    Heron Therapeutics
    Pain management in the first 72 hours after surgery is critical. As the body’s inflammatory process unfolds, the surgical site becomes increasingly acidic and limits the efficacy of local anesthetics, regardless of administration technique. But what if local anesthetics were capable of more? By attending this symposium, you will learn how a local anesthetic designed to consistently deliver pain relief for up to 72 hours after surgery could impact the way we treat pain.
    Location: Grapevine 6

    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Persona IQ®: The World’s First and Only Smart Knee Implant
    Zimmer Biomet
    Are smart knee implants the next thing in orthopedics? Zimmer Biomet is thrilled to share one of the most anticipated new medical devices to launch in the market, Persona IQ® The Smart Knee™. Persona IQ, the world’s first and only smart knee implant, is the newest addition to the Persona® Knee System, designed to deliver objective kinematic data directly from the implant to the physician through the mymobility® Platform. Here, implant data will be paired with physiological data collected pre-operatively and post-operative metrics can be monitored for treatment during recovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear surgeon faculty share their early experience with this exciting technology. *Patients must have a compatible smartphone or internet access and a text-capable phone to use mymobility; not all smart-phone features are available on the web-based version. Not all patients are candidates for the use of this product and surgeons should evaluate individually to determine which patients are appropriate for therapy at home.

    Warning: The kinematic data from this device have not been demonstrated to have clinical benefit. It is not intended to be utilized for clinical decision-making, and no data have been evaluated by FDA regarding clinical benefits.

    Peter Sculco, M.D. | John Dundon, M.D. | Jeffery Yergler, M.D.
    Location: Grapevine 1

    7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Dynamic Implant Planning in TJA – Principles and Clinical Outcomes
    Through interactive panel discussion, real-world case studies and literature review, participants will learn 1) optimal robotic-TKA ligament balancing targets and alignment strategies, including inverse Kinematic Alignment, for improved clinical outcomes, 2) how to simplify the hip-spine relationship in primary and revision THA with functional implant planning, and 3) how connected TJA technologies can streamline clinical practice. Participants will learn the principles of dynamic implant positioning to achieve a stable joint throughout the range of functional motion using Corin OmniBotics and OPS technologies.

    Douglas Dennis, MD, Nathanael Heckmann, MD, Vasili Karas, MD, Jeffrey Lawrence, MD, Gwo-Chin Lee, MD.
    Location: Grapevine 2 & 3

    7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Trends and Controversies in Hips, Knees and the ASC

    Through discussion and review of published literature as well as real life experience from developers of MicroPort’s revolutionary approaches to Hip arthroplasty participants will gain an understanding of why these approaches were created, what industry problems they are solving and how our distinguished panel of surgeons have adopted these modifications into their practice.

    Through discussion with a panel of distinguished knee experts participants will gain a deeper understanding into the Medial Pivot knee, and why every company is trying to replicate it, how pre-operative and intraoperative technologies can help drive knee efficiencies as well as what new technology is shaping our surgeons everyday TKA practices.

    Through discussion with a panel of surgeons who have extensive experience in converting their TJA procedures and patients into an ASC setting, participants will learn how to effectively build and market their ASC practice, how to distinguish which patients are a good fit for an ASC as well as payer max and also discuss pain management in TJA’s in an ASC.
    Location: Grapevine B

    7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Accuracy and Reproducibility in the OR
    DePuy Synthes
    In this session, attendees will learn how they can deliver accuracy and reproducibility in the OR with DePuy Synthes Hip Solutions. Discussions will focus on the clinical heritage of our implant portfolio, proven surgical techniques, and revolutionary technologies like VELYS™ Hip Navigation with CUPTIMIZE™ Hip-Spine Analysis.
    Location: Grapevine 4 & 5

    8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.: Zimmer Biomet Hip and Knee Bioskills Lab 1
    Zimmer Biomet
    This educational event will give attendees the opportunity to gain hands-on cadaveric training on primary or revision Anterior Hips, or primary or revision total knees featuring the Persona Knee System.

    Vivek Shah, MD | Charles Lawrie, MD | Wayne Paprosky, MD, FACS | Bred C. Perricelli, MD |
    Frank Buttacavoli, MD | Louis M. Kwong, MD, FACS | Giles Scuderi, MD | Trevor Pickering, MD | Blake Peterson, MD | Todd Sekundiak, MD, FRCSC
    LocationLonghorn Exhibition Hall C

    10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Beyond Bundles: Get Paid What You’re Worth
    Health Here
    Surgeons deliver the highest value component of an orthopedic episode of care but current reimbursement models are selling orthopedic surgeons short. Massive inefficiencies within the world of fee-for-service (FFS) are costing surgeons significant money, while value-based care initiatives consistently undervalue the surgeon’s role. As premiums continue to rise and more dollars are lost to administrative processes, employers are more eager than ever to work directly with high value providers–what does it take to enable surgeon led episodic payment models?

    This panel will provide a real-world perspective on the evolution of payment models and methods orthopedic surgeons can change the current paradigm.
    Location: Grapevine 2 & 3

    10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Using Technology to Increase Efficiency in Your ASC!
    Zimmer Biomet
    Improve the Patient Experience and Operational Efficiencies in the ASC using Technology!

    With new technology being developed every day, facilities are constantly looking to incorporate the latest and greatest tools into their procedures. Technology is not only the wave of the future, it is HERE. However, technology can be overwhelming!

    Join us and learn how Zimmer Biomet can help organize your data in a way that is both simple and useful!

    James Ballard, MD | James B. Chen, MD | John Dundon, MD | Trevor Pickering, MD
    Location: Grapevine 1

    10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: The Power of Incremental Gains – Achieving True Efficiency in the ASC
    DePuy Synthes
    A live panel conversation with both surgeons and administrators from leading Ambulatory Surgery Care facilities across the United States on the power of small, incremental changes to drive large, significant change over time.  Discussion includes the importance of time measurement in your ASC, develop efficiency as a habit in the O.R.,  staff and surgeon ownership, what efficiencies to focus on (Patients, Staff, Turnover, SPD), and the DePuy Synthes products, technologies, and solutions that can help make true efficiency possible.
    Dr. Charles DeCook, Orthopaedic Surgeon – Advanced Center for Joint Surgery in Atlanta, GA
    David Uba, Chief Executive Officer – Excelsior Orthopaedics in Buffalo, NY
    Dr. William (Bill) Barrett, Orthopaedic Surgeon – Proliance Orthopaedic Associates in Seattle, WA
    Dr. Andrew Cooper, Orthopaedic Associates of West Florida
    Location: Grapevine 4&5

    10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Exploring the Evolving Role of Digital Innovation and Insights in Joint Replacement
    From advanced devices and software that transform care settings into state-of-the-art environments, to advanced visualization that guides surgeons and robotics with insightful analytics, Stryker’s Advanced Digital Healthcare is driving improved clinical, operational and financial outcomes across the continuum of care.

    Join esteemed faculty to learn more about Advanced Digital Healthcare in joint replacement, including our newest additions in sensor technology, VeraSense for Triathlon and the MotionSense wearable with OrthoLogIQ.

    Additionally, hear the latest on Mako SmartRobotics™, including Mako Insightful Data Analytics and Mako Total Hip 4.1 featuring the new Insignia Hip Stem.
    Location: Grapevine B

    10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Pivoting in the Right Direction with Augmented Reality Guidance

    Faculty: Scott Banks, Ph.D. and Shahan V. Yacoubian, MD

    The ARVIS® Augmented Reality System represents the next era of orthopaedic technology. Join us for a robust discussion on the early surgical experience with the ARVIS® platform in conjunction with Enovis’ Hip & Knee implant systems. Surgical videos will demonstrate why ARVIS is designed to generate measurably better patient outcomes in a streamlined, space-conserving and cost-effective manner as compared to traditional robotics in both total hip and knee arthroplasty. In addition, Dr. Scott Banks will present the science behind the EMPOWR 3DKnee® and how dual-pivot knee kinematics significantly improve patient outcomes in TKA compared to medial-pivot implant designs.
    Location: Grapevine 6

    12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.: Promoting Inclusion and Authenticity: Fireside Chat with Lisa Leslie
    DePuy Synthes
    This presentation will focus on the experience of minorities who are trailblazers in promoting inclusion in their respective profession, as a parallel to our experience in arthroplasty.  Lisa Leslie is such a trailblazer, having paved the way for women’s basketball as an Olympian and WNBA player.  As a black female professional athlete who was part of an inaugural group that pushed for the inclusion of female players in professional basketball in the United States, we believe that she has a compelling story that will inspire AAHKS members to promote and foster an environment of inclusion within arthroplasty.
    Location: Grapevine A 

    12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.: Zimmer Biomet Hip and Knee Bioskills Lab 2
    Zimmer Biomet
    This educational event will give attendees the opportunity to gain hands-on cadaveric training on primary or revision Anterior Hips, or primary or revision total knees featuring the Persona Knee System.

    Vivek Shah, MD | Charles Lawrie, MD | Wayne Paprosky, MD, FACS | Brett C. Perricelli, MD |
    Frank Buttacavoli, MD | Louis M. Kwong, MD, FACS | Trevor Pickering, MD | Blake Peterson, MD | Todd Sekundiak, MD, FRCSC
    LocationLonghorn Exhibition Hall C

    12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.: From Good to Great: Kinematic Alignment TKA
    The concept of personalized total knee replacement has gained traction over the past decade. Kinematic Alignment, with its goal of re-establishing the patient’s prearthritic joint line, has been at the forefront of the personalized TKA movement. Drs. Stephen Howell, Andrew Wickline, Michael Hellman, and Marcus Ford will discuss how Kinematic Alignment changed their approach to knee arthroplasty, including preoperative planning, surgical technique and pearls, implant selection, and post-operative outcomes.
    Location: Grapevine 2 & 3

    12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.: Compelling New Evidence and Innovative Treatment Options to Manage Incisions and Help Prevent Surgical Site Infections and Complications
    Join our esteemed panel as they present the latest compelling clinical evidence, meta analyses studies and health economics data regarding the cost effectiveness of using negative pressure therapy vs. standard of care dressings in high risk arthroplasty patients

    Innovative new technologies and techniques will be introduced which can help reduce surgical site infections and complications

    Moderator: Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Timothy B. Alton, MD, Proliance Orthopedic Associates
    H. John Cooper, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    Giles Scuderi, MD, Vice President of the Orthopedic Service Line Northwell Health
    Location: Grapevine 6

    12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: ROSA® Robotics – The Center of the ZBEdge™ Connected Intelligence Suite
    Overview: Join us for an interactive session to learn how ROSA Robotics and the ZB Edge Connected Intelligence Suite merge in the pursuit of optimized care, acceleration of clinical insights and to provide unrivaled experiences.

    Atul Kamath, MD, FAAOS | Kelly Hendricks, MD | Thomas Tanous, MD | Daniel Gerscovich, MD | David Anderson, MD | James Ballard, MD | James Chen, MD, | John Dundon, MD | Eric Greber, MD | Nathan Cafferky, MD | Roshan Shah, MD
    Location: Grapevine C









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