|Orthopaedic conference visits the ‘Big Easy’|
|Thursday, 01 July 2010|
Jeya Palan reports from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, 9-13 March 2010
This year, the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) was held in New Orleans, home of the current Superbowl champions, the New Orleans Patriots, and scene of the devastating hurricane.
The city is almost a third of its original size after the disaster affected the vast surrounding low-lying areas, leaving only the tourist areas like the French Quarter largely unaffected.
Today, New Orleans appears to be recovering, at least to a visitor’s eyes, and the city centre is as lively as ever. The AAOS Annual Meeting was held in the gigantic Muriel Convention centre, which stretches about a mile from one end to the other. As always, the AAOS was well attended by delegates and speakers from all over the world. The quality of the research and presentations was of the highest calibre. The instructional courses were highly educational and presented by leading orthopaedic surgeons in their fields.
Sarah Muirhead-Allwood (Stanmore) made a keynote presentation at the launch on the new Corin cementless acetabular cup, the Trinity Acetabular System. Sarah is the lead surgical designer for the implant and presented her series using the implant. The progress of technological innovation in orthopaedics is remarkable and left delegates in no doubt that the options available to surgeons will soon be even more varied and flexible.
One of my social highlights was a visit to Dooky Chase’s restaurant, a long-famed New Orleans eatery frequented by politicians including Barack Obama. The owner, Leah Chase is a wonderfully jovial and warm octogenarian who still presides over an elegant dining area with immaculately dressed and courteous staff serving delicious food.