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 Flexor Tendon Repair Online Course – MOC Approved

This is an internet-based, enduring material CME activity based upon the digital capture of an instructional course (ICL01) presented at the 2011 ASSH Annual Meeting.

Date of Original Release: This course was initially presented and recorded on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the ASSH Annual Meeting.

Termination Date: The course is available for CME credit through August 31, 2014.

Chair: Donald H. Lalonde, MD
Faculty: John G. Seiler, III, MD, Peter C. Amadio, MD, Jin Bo Tang, MD

Consulting fees and royalty support: ASSI Instruments (Lalonde)
Consulting fees: OrthoHelix (Seiler)

  • To fulfill parts II and part IV of ABPS requirement for MOC for the flexor tendon practice improvement module
  • Understand the current best available evidence in Flexor tendon repair
  • Be aware of newer concepts such as wide awake flexor tendon repair
  • Early active postoperative movement and judicious pulley division
  • Integrate the current concepts of wound healing and tissue bioengineering into clinical practice

Course Format: This course consists of an online pre-test, five online videos, a handout which can be viewed online or downloaded, an online post-test, and an online evaluation.

Participation Requirements: To qualify for CME credit, participants must complete each part of this course, and receive a 100% passing grade on the post-test by August 31, 2014. Participants will be allowed three attempts to pass the test.

Estimated Time:  The estimated time to complete this course is 1 hour.

CME Credit Hours: The American Society for Surgery of the Hand designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 1.00 "AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™". Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Please note that CME is granted only after correctly answering all questions. Click here for full information on ASSH CME policies.

Course Summary:  This is an MOC approved course. The current status of MOC requirements for ABPS and ABOS will be outlined. The course will fulfill some of the requirements for part II and part IV for the ABPS flexor tendon practice improvement module. The best current evidence in flexor tendon repair in the literature will be reviewed. The wide awake approach to flexor tendon repair will be demonstrated with film. This technique allows unsedated tourniquet free comfortable patients to actively move and test the repaired flexor tendon to make sure there is no gap and that the repair fits through the pulleys before the surgeon closes the skin. This facilitates a decrease in the postoperative rupture and tenolysis rates. The risks and benefits of early active postoperative movement and judicious pulley division will also be demonstrated and discussed. The basic sciences of wound healing and tissue engineering have evolved and will enable an improvement in clinical practice. The latest advances will be shared.

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