2018 ASSH/AAHS Specialty Day: Agree to Disagree: Hot Topics in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
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From: 03/10/2018 To: 03/10/2018

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana 



With the fast paced changes and government intervention in health care impacting all physicians, an understanding and familiarity of value based care and patient related outcomes research is more essential for the hand and upper extremity surgeon. This symposium will explore how value is defined in hand surgery and discuss controversial topics while providing evidence-based treatment algorithms for a wide scope of hand and upper extremity problems. In addition, interactive question-answer sessions will be used to investigate evidence based recommendations for hot topics such as complications related to obesity and the influence of narcotic use and smoking on hand surgery outcomes.




Review the concept of what defines value in surgery, explain common outcomes measures and databases used in hand surgery and discuss evidence based treatment options for controversial problems. At the end of the symposium, audience members will be able to determine what they need to implement in their practice to improve the value they provide in patient care and understand evidence based treatment options for nerve injuries, fractures, fusions, tendon injuries and tumors in the hand and upper extremity.
Robert Harold Ablove, MD
Reid A. Abrams, MD
Joshua M. Abzug, MD
Brian D. Adams, MD
Peter J. Apel, MD, PhD
Gregory I. Bain, FRACS, PhD
Mark E. Baratz, MD
Michael S. Bednar, MD
Randip R. Bindra, FRCS, MCh Orth
Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS(C)
Lance M. Brunton, MD
John T. Capo, MD
Brian T. Carlsen, MD
Louis W. Catalano, III, MD
Kevin Chan, MD
James Chang, MD
Angelo Rashard Dacus, MD
D. Nicole Deal, MD
Mihir J. Desai, MD
John C. Elfar, MD
Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD
Aaron M. Freilich, MD
Andrew P. Gutow, MD
Warren C. Hammert, MD
Levi L. Hinkelman, MD
Asif M. Ilyas, MD
Jonathan E. Isaacs, MD
Jesse B. Jupiter, MD
Sanjeev Kakar, MD
Robin Neil Kamal, MD
William B. Kleinman, MD
Donald H. Lalonde, MD
Ericka A. Lawler, MD
Steve K. Lee, MD
Matthew J. Meunier, MD
Peter M. Murray, MD
A. Lee Osterman, MD
Kagan Ozer, MD
Mark Rekant, MD
Marc J. Richard, MD
David C. Ring, MD, PhD
Marco Rizzo, MD
Melvin P. Rosenwasser, MD
Bauback Safa, MD, MBA
William H. Seitz, Jr., MD
Apurva S. Shah, MD, MBA
Jaimie T. Shores, MD
Dean G. Sotereanos, MD
Matthew R. Steensma, MD
Peter J. Stern, MD
Milan V. Stevanovic, MD
Robert J. Strauch, MD
Jennifer F. Waljee, MD, MPH, MSc
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD
Robert W. Wysocki, MD
Jeffrey Yao, MD
In S. Yi, MD
A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
Peter J. Jebson, MD

The ASSH designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

(Registration for the 2018 ASSH/AAHS Specialty Day Program is through AAOS. ** If you are a Plastic Surgeon looking to register for the ASSH/AAHS Specialty Day, you will need to do so by registering onsite. If you are looking to register for the entire AAOS Annual Meeting, you will need to call the AAOS Registration Office at (508) 743-8504 to register.)

Registration rates:


 Member  $99
 Non-Member  $199
 Resident/Fellow  $29
 Allied Health  $69
 Exhibiting Professional     $250 





Housing opened on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Book your room through AAOS here: http://www.aaos.org/Annual_Meeting/Housing___Travel/Housing_Landing_Page/




The material presented in this continuing medical education program is made available by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the best or only methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situation discussed, but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement or opinion of the authors or presenters that may be helpful or of interest to other practitioners. Attendees agree to participate in this medical education program sponsored by ASSH with full knowledge and awareness that they waive any claim they may have against ASSH for reliance on any information presented in this educational program. In addition, the attendees also waive any claim they have against ASSH for injury or other damages that may result in any way from their participation in this program. All of the proceedings of the Online Consultation Corner course are intended for limited publication only, and all property rights in the material presented, including common-law copyright, are expressly reserved by the speaker or ASSH. No statement of presentation made is to be regarded as dedicated to the public domain. Any sound reproduction transcript or other use of the material presented at this course without the permission of the speaker or ASSH is prohibited to the full extent of common-law copyright in such material. ASSH is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant. The approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required for procedures and drugs that are considered experimental. Instrumentation systems discussed and/or demonstrated in or at ASSH educational programs may not yet have received FDA approval.

Questions? Contact Selena Quiroz at squiroz@assh.org or call (312) 880-1900.

Day 1

Program Committee Leadership
A. Bobby Chhabra MD, Program Co-Chair
Peter JL  Jebson MD, Program Co-Chair

7:30 am – 7:35 am Introductions


A. Bobby Chhabra, MD, Program Co-Chair, Peter JL Jebson, MD, Program Co-Chair, Brian D. Adams, MD and James Chang, MD




















7:36 am – 9:09 am Session I: Value 
Moderator: Robin Neil Kamal, MD

7:36 am – 7:42 am What is value in hand and upper extremity surgery?
Robin  Neil Kamal, MD

7:43 am – 7:49 am Patient safety: the role of the hand and upper extremity surgeon in preventing errors
David C. Ring, MD,  PhD

7:50 am – 7:56 am Patient Related Outcomes in hand and upper extremity surgery: which ones should I be using (PROMIS, DASH, etc.)?
Jennifer F. Waljee, MD

7:57 am – 8:03 am What is a value analysis program?
Andrew P. Gutow, MD

8:04 am – 8:10 am How should we be optimizing our patient’s pre-operatively to improve outcomes?
Peter J. Evans, MD,  PhD, FRCSC
8:11 am – 8:17 am Obesity and its impact on hand and upper extremity surgery: is it an issue?
Aaron M. Freilich, MD

8:18 am – 8:24 am Smoking cessation for elective hand and upper extremity surgery: should I care?
Peter M. Murray,  MD

8:25 am – 8:31 am Narcotics following hand and upper extremity surgery: can we do better?
Asif M. Ilyas, MD

8:32 am – 8:38 am Elective hand surgery and routine antibiotics: is better stewardship necessary?
Melvin P. Rosenwasser,  MD

8:39 am – 8:45 am Bundled payments in hand and upper extremity surgery: lessons learned from our joint replacement colleagues
Mark  Rekant, MD

8:46 am – 8:52 am WALANT in the office setting: should we be doing this more to improve value?
Levi L . Hinkelman, MD

8:53 am – 9:09 am Mass wisdom and Q & A session



9:10 am – 10:44 am Session II: Nerve
Moderator: Marco Rizzo, MD

9:10 am – 9:16 am Nerve repair: conduit vs. allograft vs. autograft?
Bauback  Safa, MD,  MBA

9:17 am – 9:23 am Distal radius fractures and the median nerve: do we really know what to do?
Randip  R. Bindra, FRCS, MCh  Orth

9:24 am – 9:30 am Distal radius fractures and the ulnar nerve: be aware
Reid A. Abrams,  MD

9:31 am – 9:37 am Carpal tunnel surgery: what makes sense in the value proposition?
Matthew J. Meunier,  MD

9:38 am – 9:44 am Revision carpal tunnel surgery: is there a preferred technique?
Sanjeev Kakar, MD, MBA

9:45 am – 9:51 am Ulnar decompression at the elbow: endoscopic versus open in the value proposition
Jonathan  E . Isaacs, MD

9:52 am – 9:58 am Revision cubital tunnel surgery: do we really know the preferred technique?
William  B. Kleinman,  MD

9:59 am – 10:05 am High radial nerve palsy: neurolysis, grafting, or tendon transfers?
Milan V. Stevanovic,  MD
10:06 am – 10:12 am Denervation of the wrist joint: does it really work?
Marco Rizzo,  MD

10:13 am – 10:19 am Radial tunnel syndrome: real or myth?
William  H. Seitz, Jr., MD

10:20 am – 10:26 am The scratch collapse test: fact or fiction?
Martin I. Boyer, MD,  FRCS(c)

10:27 am – 10:33 am Mass wisdom and Q & A session

10:34 am – 10:44 am Break





10:45 am – 1:30 pm Session III: Fractures, Fusions, and Failures
Moderator: Marc J. Richard, MD

10:45 am – 10:51 am Open distal radius fracture: is it always an operative emergency?
Marc J. Richard,  MD

10:52 am – 10:58 am Corrective osteotomy of the distal radius and bone grafting: is my pelvis safe?
Jesse B. Jupiter, MD

10:59 am – 11:05 am Three corner vs. four corner fusion: is there a difference?
Gregory  I. Bain, FRACS,  PhD

11:06 am – 11:12 am Midcarpal fusion: Staples vs. K-wires vs. plate vs. screws
Jeffrey Yao, MD

11:13 am – 11:19 am Allograft versus autograft for fusions in the hand and wrist
D. Nicole Deal, MD

11:20 am – 11:26 am Non-displaced proximal pole scaphoid fracture: surgery or casting?
John T. Capo, MD

11:27 am – 11:33 am Acute hook of hamate fracture: casting vs. ORIF vs. excision?
Louis  W. Catalano,  III, MD

11:34 am – 11:40 am Vascularized bone grafts for AVN of the carpus: do they work?
Brian T. Carlsen, MD

11:41 am – 11:47 am The failed distal ulna resection or implant: Achilles allograft or DRUJ arthroplasty?
Dean G. Sotereanos,  MD

11:48 am – 11:54 am Mallet fracture: is surgery ever necessary?
Robert  J. Strauch, MD

11:55 am – 12:01 pm Osteoclasis versus observation and remodeling in pediatric phalangeal neck fracture malunion
Michael S. Bednar, MD

12:02 pm – 12:08 pm Metacarpal neck fracture: ace wrap vs. casting vs. pinning vs. plate vs. headless screws
Kagan Ozer,  MD

12:09 pm – 12:15 pm Thumb CMC dislocation: casting vs. CRPP vs. ligament reconstruction
Warren  C. Hammert, MD

12:16 pm – 12:22 pm Failed basal joint arthroplasty: revision or fusion
Steve K. Lee, MD

12:23 pm – 12:29 pm Nonunion  and delayed union in the upper extremity: should I perform a metabolic work-up?
Jaimie T. Shores, MD

12:30 pm – 12:36 pm Bone stimulators in the hand and upper extremity: is there a role?
Joshua M. Abzug,  MD

12:37 pm – 12:52 pm Mass wisdom and Q & A session

12:53 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch


1:31 pm – 2:44 pm Session IV: Tendon
Moderator: Aaron M. Freilich, MD

1:31 pm – 1:37 pm Ultrasound assisted injections: is it really value assisted?
Apurva  S. Shah, MD,  MBA

1:38 pm – 1:44 pm Carpal tunnel, trigger finger, thumb CMC arthritis, de Quervain’s injection: is there a preferred corticosteroid?
John C. Elfar, MD

1:45 pm – 1:51 pm Acute long finger radial sagittal band tear: cast vs. surgery?
In S. Yi, MD

1:52 pm – 1:58 pm Flexor tendon repair in no man’s land: does the number of core sutures really matter?
Donald  H. Lalonde,  MD

1:59 pm – 2:05 pm Acute suppurative flexor tenosynovitis: is surgery always indicated?
Peter J. Apel, MD, PhD

2:06 pm – 2:12 pm Surgical treatment of fight bites and suppurative flexor tenosynovitis in the ER?
Donald  H. Lalonde,  MD

2:13 pm – 2:19 pm Tennis elbow and PRP: Is there an advantage over corticosteroid injections?
Robert  W. Wysocki, MD

2:20 pm – 2:26 pm de Quervain’s release and management of the retinaculum: is it relevant?
Kevin Chan, MD

2:27 pm – 2:33 pm Intersection syndrome: what surgery am I supposed to do?
Lance M. Brunton,  MD

2:34 pm – 2:44 pm Mass wisdom and Q & A session


2:45 pm – 3:25 pm Session V: Tumor
Moderator: Robert Harold Ablove, MD

2:45 pm – 2:51 pm Enchondroma and pathological fracture: when do I operate?
Robert  Harold Ablove,  MD

2:52 pm – 2:58 pm Enchondroma: to graft or not to graft? If a graft what type?
Matthew R. Steensma,  MD

2:59 pm – 3:05 pm Flexor tendon sheath ganglion: serial aspirations or simple excision?
Peter J. Stern, MD

3:06 pm – 3:12 pm Dorsal wrist ganglion: observation vs. aspiration vs. arthroscopic or open excision?
Ericka A. Lawler,  MD

3:13 pm – 3:25 pm Mass wisdom and Q & A session




3:26 pm – 4:50 pm Session VI: Potpourri
Moderator: Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD

3:26 pm – 3:32 pm PRP/stem cells for thumb CMC arthritis: Is there an advantage over corticosteroid injections?
Jennifer Moriatis  Wolf,  MD

3:33 pm – 3:39 pm Pyrocarbon vs. metallic vs. silicone for PIPJ implant arthroplasty?
A. Lee Osterman, MD

3:40 pm – 3:46 pm Volar versus the dorsal approach for PIPJ arthroplasty?
Mihir J. Desai, MD

3:47 pm – 3:53 pm Dupuytren’s contracture: extension torque, fasciotomy, fasciectomy or collagenase?
Mark  E . Baratz, MD

3:54 pm – 4:00 pm Compartment syndrome of the first dorsal interosseous: does it exist?
Angelo  Rashard  Dacus, MD

4:01 pm – 4:11 pm Mass wisdom and Q & A

4:12 pm – 4:50 pm Closing comments and adjournment
A. Bobby Chhabra,  MD, Program Co-Chair and Peter JL Jebson, MD, Program Co-Chair

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