Instructional Course Lectures

Instructional Courses are included in standard registration fees and are daily concurrent sessions. Click on each session to view full descriptions with faculty listed.

CME Available

The ASSH designates the live Instructional Courses on Thursday and Friday afternoon for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The ASSH designates the live Instructional Courses on Friday morning and Saturday for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Thursday (9/13) Friday (9/14) Saturday (9/15)
4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 304, Hynes Convention Center

This program will address the difficult challenge of acute and chronic axial instability of the forearm. The presenters will outline the role, technique and outcomes of various techniques to address this vexing problem.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 311, Hynes Convention Center

We will present a case-based discussion of treatment strategies and technical pearls in the care of the patient with a congenital anomaly of the upper extremity.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Ballroom A, Hynes Convention Center

Treatments of acute and chronic ligament injuries are one of the unsolved problems in hand surgery. This case-based instructional course will leverage the interactive format to simulate real-world discussion of the diagnosis, management and outcomes of scapholunate, lunotriquetral and TFCC injuries.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 310, Hynes Convention Center

This ICL is focused on proximal compressive neuropathies, specifically lacertus syndrome and radial tunnel syndrome, and how to differentiate these from biceps tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis and other diagnoses.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 306, Hynes Convention Center

This instructional course will discuss the burned hand and upper extremity in adults and children, from acute injury through reconstruction and maximum return of function.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 312, Hynes Convention Center

This ICL will explore challenges and controversies in management of distal radius fractures. Although most hand surgeons feel they are “expert” in management of distal radius fractures, this symposium will provide learning points and principles that will benefit even the most experienced surgeon.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 102, Hynes Convention Center

The American opioid epidemic is every physician’s problem, including hand surgeons. By better understanding pain psychology, the panel will provide practical ways to treat post-surgical pain for both opioid naïve and non-naïve patients.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 302, Hynes Convention Center

Diagnosis and management of common benign and malignant skin lesions encountered on the upper extremity will be presented.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Ballroom B, Hynes Convention Center

This course will focus on how codes work, how to code correctly and ethically, and how to maximize reimbursement at the same time.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 309, Hynes Convention Center

In this instructional course lecture, we will discuss surgical improvements that have led to decreased neuroma pain, increased prosthetic wear, improved functional abilities and sensory input to the amputee.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 210, Hynes Convention Center

Dupuytren contracture is a disease that affects the palmar fascia that frequently results in limited finger extension. It is a genetic condition that primarily affects men of northern European ancestry, and there is no known cure. Not typically painful, treatments are generally reserved for patients with functional limitations.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Ballroom C, Hynes Convention Center

Nerve transfers have emerged as the standard for augmenting peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries in adults and children. Tendon transfers can be used to restore function for peripheral nerve injuries and central nervous system injuries such as spinal cord injury and stroke, yet nerve transfers have not yet been widely adopted to treat central nerve injuries. 

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 208, Hynes Convention Center

Microsurgery is one of the most challenging aspects of hand surgery.  On the part of the surgeon, it requires specific technical expertise and a systematic approach to complex injuries that need to be dealt with on an emergent basis.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 202, Hynes Convention Center

This course will present development of malunions following common fractures in adults and children treated by the hand surgeon. 

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 103, Hynes Convention Center

Hand surgeons know how to communicate efficiently with our colleagues but communicating with our patients is an entirely different skill. 

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 206, Hynes Convention Center

Reanimating the shoulder after an upper trunk brachial plexus injury is one of the most challenging tasks in caring for patients with shoulder dysfunction. 

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 203, Hynes Convention Center

Volunteerism is appealing to a large number of hand surgeons without prior experience. The faculty has participated in a variety of missions with variable success. 

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 207, Hynes Convention Center

In a world of increased cost pressures, increased government required documentation and payor demands for quality assessments, it takes a village to run an efficient office. 

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 313, Hynes Convention Center

The Opposable thumb was an evolutionary work of genius.  However, its greatest strength, the ability to move out of the plane of the palm and allow pinch, leads to instability and eventually pain, arthritis and dysfunction.  This Instructional Course will discuss the anatomy and pathoanatomy of the thumb CMC joint.  

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 104, Hynes Convention Center

The course is focused on the description of differential diagnosis and treatment of nerve tumor, other soft tissue (skin, subcutaneous tissue, tendons, and blood vessels) and bone tumor.