Orthopaedic Team Course

Team members

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Cortez Ballroom

Chair: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD
Co-Chair: Denis Nam, MD
Co-Chair: Jana L. Flener, PA

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.


Course Fee and Annual Meeting Option

Orthopaedic Team Course only – $250

You can choose to add the AAHKS Annual Meeting:

Annual Meeting Clinical Affiliate member rate – $225

Annual Meeting nonmember rate – $675

Clinical Affiliate membership – $250/year. Click here to join.

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.

2019 Preliminary Agenda
Times and topics are subject to change.

6:30 – 7:10 a.m.

7:10 – 7:20 a.m.
Jeremy M. Gililland, MD

Session I: Nonoperative Management of Hip and Knee Arthritis and Pre-Operative Issues Prior to Arthroplasty
Moderator: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD

7:20 – 7:30 a.m.
Medications, Injections, PT – Nonoperative Recommendations for Osteoarthritis: Hip and Knee
Laura D. Wood, PA-C

7:30 – 7:40 a.m.
Indications for Arthroscopy for the Degenerative Hip or Knee Joint
Denis Nam, MD, MSc

7:40 – 7:50 a.m.
Medical Optimization for Total Joint Arthroplasty: Who, When and How?
Paul K. Edwards, MD

7:50 – 8:00 a.m.
PA Planning for Arthroplasty from Simple to Complex – Avoiding Pitfalls and Having Plans B, C & D
Christin A. Van Dine, PA-C

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Nonoperative Management and Preoperative Issues Prior to Arthroplasty
Moderator: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD
Panel Members: Denis Nam, MD, MSc, Paul K. Edwards, MD, Laura D. Wood, PA-C, Christin A. Van Dine, PA-C

Session II: Knees
Moderator: Denis Nam, MD, MSc

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.
Indications and Results of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
Vivek M. Shah, MD

8:40 – 8:50 a.m.
Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Basics – CR vs. PS; Gap Balancing vs. Measured Resection; Techniques for Obtaining Alignment; When to Consider Stemming the Tibia
Denis Nam, MD, MSc

Mini-Debate: Robotics in Total Knee Arthroplasty
8:50 – 8:56 a.m.
Robotics for Knee Replacement Is the Future – Affirms
Mark J. Spangehl, MD

8:56 – 9:02 a.m.
Robotics for Knee Replacement Is the Future – Denies
Gwo-Chin Lee, MD

9:02 – 9:10 a.m.
Moderator: Denis Nam, MD, MSc

9:10 – 9:35 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Knee Arthroplasty
Moderator: Denis Nam, MD, MS
Panel Members: Vivek M. Shah, MD, Mark J. Spangehl, MD, Gwo-Chin Lee, MD

9:35 – 9:50 a.m.

Session III: Hips
Moderator: Christopher E. Pelt, MD

9:50 – 10:00 a.m.
Total Hip Arthroplasty: Basic Concepts – Stem Designs, When to Cement, Ceramic vs. Cobalt-Chrome Heads, Dual Mobility, Technology to Improve our Accuracy
Jeremy M. Gililland, MD

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
Templating for Total Hip Arthroplasty
Jana L. Flener, PA-C

10:10 – 10:20 a.m.
The Hip-Spine Relationship: How to Help Identify Difficult Patients Preoperatively and Basic Concepts to Avoid Complications
Christopher E. Pelt, MD

Mini Debate: Anterior vs. Posterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty
10:20 – 10:26 a.m.
The Anterior Approach Is Clearly Superior – Affirms     
William G. Hamilton, MD

10:26 – 10:32 a.m.
The Anterior Approach Is Clearly Superior – Denies
Peter K. Sculco, MD

10:32 – 10:40 a.m.
Moderator: Christopher E. Pelt, MD

10:40 – 11:05 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Hip Arthroplasty
Moderator: Christopher E. Pelt, MD
Panel Members: Jana L. Flener, PA-C, Jeremy M. Gililland, MD, William G. Hamilton, MD, Peter K. Sculco, MD

11:05 – 11:30 a.m.      Break and Pick-up Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Working Lunch with PA Panel
Moderator: Jana L. Flener, PA-C
Working Lunch topics to be addressed include:
– Clinical challenges of the orthopaedic physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP)
– Common non-clinical dilemmas faced by the PA/NP
– Compensation
– Call
– Avoiding burnout
– And more!

Session IV: Perioperative Hot Topics
Moderator: Brett C. Perricelli, MD

12:30 – 12:40 p.m.
The Latest and Greatest in Wound Closure: Surgical Videos of Incisional Wound Vacs, Zip Line, Prineo, etc.
Ben T. Kerns, PA-C

12:40 – 12:50 p.m.
Combating the Opioid Crisis in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Improving Perioperative Pain Management and Minimizing Narcotics
Brett C. Perricelli, MD

12:50 – 1:00 p.m.
Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty: What Are the Necessary Tools for Success?
Leah I. Dvorkin, PA-C, ATC

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Patient Care Navigation: How Do We Help Our Patients Be Successful?
Susanne L. Porter, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CRNFA, CNOR

1:10 – 1:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Perioperative Hot Topics
Moderator: Brett C. Perricelli, MD
Panel Members: Ben T. Kerns, PA-C, Leah I. Dvorkin, PA-C, ATC, Susanne L. Porter, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CRNFA, CNOR

Session V: Complications
Moderator: Mark J. Spangehl, MD

1:40 – 1:50 p.m.
Evaluation of the Painful Arthroplasty
Mark J. Spangehl, MD

1:50 – 2:00 p.m.
1- vs. 2-Stage Exchange for the Infected Total Joint Arthroplasty: Is There a “Gold Standard”?
Keith A. Fehring, MD

2:00 – 2:10 p.m.
“Things That Keep Us Up at Night”: Dealing with Early Post-Operative Complications
Michael J. Miller, PA-C

2:10 – 2:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Complications
Moderator: Mark J. Spangehl, MD
Panel Members: Keith A. Fehring, MD, Michael J. Miller, PA-C, Jeremy M. Gililland, MD, Denis Nam, MD, MSc

2:40 – 2:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Denis Nam, MD, MSc


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