I was awarded the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) travelling Fellowship. I used this opportunity to travel to the Chicago, US and was based at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago.
The main drive of the Fellowship was to observe some of the latest techniques in cartilage reconstruction/replacement and meniscus replacement surgery.
I was lucky enough to be able to spend a number of days in theatre with Dr Brian Cole.
Dr Cole is the head of the Cartilage Restoration Centre at Rush University Medical Centre, Chicago. He is a world expert on cartilage transplant using osteochondral allografts and cartilage repair procedures. I was fortunate to be able to observe Dr Cole performing a number of combined osteochondral allograft (OA) transplantation and meniscus allograft transplantation (MAT) cases.
Over the course of the Fellowship I spent time in theatre with several of the orthopaedic surgeons based at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago observing knee surgery.
Some of the highlights included observing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery with Orthopaedic Surgeons / Sports medicine physicians Dr Bernard Bach and Dr Charles Bush-Joseph and spending time in theatre observing knee replacement surgery with Prof Aaron Rosenberg.
Visiting Prof Peter Verdonk at the University Hospital of Gent, Belgium.
Prof Peter Verdonk is a world expert in the areas of meniscus substitution and cartilage repair.
I was fortunate to be able to travel to Belgium to spend time with him in theatre observing amongst other things meniscus reconstruction scaffold surgery with the Actifit implant and meniscus replacement using cadeveric meniscus allograft transplantation.