Mathys European Orthopaedics, as a global company with a focus on total joint arthroplasty of hip, knee, and shoulder, is going to create a platform for discussing these topics from the surgeons’ perspectives.
At the International Mathys Convention 2020 in Hamburg in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Andreas Niemeier as Chairman, we will address „Current Challenges in Total Joint Arthroplasty“, in order to facilitate the international exchange on topics of key relevance.
The program of the 2-day meeting in March 2020 will comprise plenary sessions as well as joint-specific breakout sessions for hip, knee, and shoulder, and it will address challenges in kinematics and biomechanics, new technologies, and infection issues, among others.
Further details about the program can be found below.
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges in Total Joint Arthroplasty today?
From a global perspective, the level of care that is achievable in arthroplasty today – no matter whether in hip, knee or shoulder surgery – is extremely high. We have come to see a saturation effect. Overall, it is very difficult to make any further real, clinically relevant and sustainable improvements. Conversely, there is a relatively high risk of making things less good just by doing them differently.
Therefore, for each incremental step forward, considerable amounts of effort and rigorous science are required to make sure that changes introduced will actually translate into real improvement for patients, surgeons, the orthopaedic community, and society in its entirety.
Still, there are unmet needs that call for changes. We need innovation and further developments, as we continue to face unsolved problems.
We will have to address challenges in (a) kinematics and biomechanics, in particular in the shoulder and knee, (b) technology, in particular in integrating computer assistance and artificial intelligence into clinical workflows and (c) regarding periprosthetic joint infections, probably the most demanding challenge.
From a societal point of view, delivering the best possible care under growing economic pressure is another major challenge that is present, in a variety of ways, on health care markets around the world.
Finally, personalized medicine, i.e. arthroplasty tailored to the individual patient’s constitution and needs, is not omnipresent yet, but will become a challenging perspective in the not-too-distant future.
What are the greatest achievements of the last five years?
Five years is no time to judge success in arthroplasty. Superiority in terms of survival rates shows in 10 years plus… this is what makes it so difficult to choose wisely when introducing changes now…
Looking back at all the achievements and forward to the upcoming challenges, do you think that there will still be innovation possible, and if so, in which respect?
Innovation will always be possible and will always take place. I agree that in Europe we are currently facing a situation of relative uncertainty with the Medical Device Regulation most probably being enforced by next year. No one currently knows precisely what that will mean for innovation in Europe. It may well be that former drivers of innovation in Europe will have to find new ways of implementing their plans in other regions around the globe.
As chairman of the Convention, what can you tell the participants to expect when attending the meeting?
We have tried to compile a program addressing the key challenges that arthroplasty surgeons face today and tomorrow. Every attendee, as well as the chairs and speakers, should go back home with new thoughts.
The goal is not to reiterate common knowledge but to think ahead, and to do so in an international and interactive format. There will be perspectives to share from many parts of the world and ample time to discuss and interact with fellow surgeons.
Topics include aspects of arthroplasty that are not directly surgery-related – such as marketing, economic circumstances, affordability, and legal regulations. This framework of factors is becoming more and more relevant in any surgeon’s daily work.
Attendees can expect to learn about and discuss all of these aspects with colleagues from around the world.
It is the first time for Mathys to host a meeting that does not focus on one particular joint but includes sessions on hip, knee and shoulder. From your point of view, what is the advantage of such a format?
The advantage is that it brings together people from all areas of the arthroplasty community. Many of the contemporary challenges in arthroplasty are not specific for one single joint, but show a large degree of overlap between hip, knee and shoulder. This is why general Plenary Sessions were introduced here, during which surgeons from all the sub-specialties are in one room to share thoughts, discuss and learn from each other. The joint-specific break-out sessions will then give specialists the opportunity of digging deeper with regard to joint-specific aspects.
From a clinician’s point of view, I see this as an opportunity for intense interaction within the arthroplasty community. We should not forget that not all arthroplasty surgeons focus on just one joint, but many colleagues do at least two joints. I think they will benefit from such a program.
In your opinion and your experience, what is an advantage of having an international meeting?
The challenges that we face cannot be solved from the perspective of any single nation, still less within the boundaries – and restrictions – of any given country. I think it stands to reason that a meeting needs to be international to be fruitful. Of course, each country has its specific issues, but if we want to make progress in arthroplasty, we will have to do it together internationally.
You live in Hamburg. What should a tourist absolutely do or have seen?
That’s a tough call, Hamburg has so much to offer. Probably there are three “musts”: the river Elbe, the lake Alster, and the iconic concert hall “Elbphilharmonie”.
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Details to the programme will be announced shortly.
Speakers will be announced shortly.
Scandic Hamburg Emporio, Dammtorwall 19, Hamburg
We welcome you in the Scandic Hamburg Emporio in the centre of Hamburg with Scandinavian hospitality and an unusual design inspired by "water". Within a 2 min walk you can reach the convention venue comfortably.
The convention takes place in the Emporio Tower, right next to the hotel.