“’Return to normalcy’ was US presidential candidate Warren G. Harding’s campaign slogan for the election of 1920. It evoked a return to the way of life before World War I, the First Red Scare, and the Spanish flu pandemic.”- Wikipedia
Return to normalcy.
Like many things in life, including but not limited to arthroscopic and related surgery, it takes a great deal of planning to prepare an issue of Arthroscopy. This should come as no surprise. However, it may surprise readers to learn that as we prepared this March 2022 editorial introducing the May 2022 AANA Annual Meeting, we actually sat down to write during the last week of 2021.
Normally, writing an editorial introducing our Annual Meeting many months in advance would not be a big deal. After all, we will be celebrating AANA’s 40th anniversary, so we’ve done this before, and the Annual Meeting Program has been admirably completed by Program Chairperson Kevin Bonner. But, as we now know, nothing is quite “normal” during this first, and hopefully last, global pandemic of our lifetime. That said, we do feel optimistic that our meeting in May will be a return to normalcy or, perhaps, our new normalcy.
As we published last year,
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AANA21: Reflections on the combined AOSSM-AANA 2021 annual meeting.
AANA21 was a success but decidedly atypical. We combined our Annual Meeting with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). In contrast, AANA22 should be a return to normal as we convene with our growing but more intimate AANA family. AANA22 should be a return to normal as we meet in San Francisco, California. The City by the Bay is a frequent and favored home for our meetings. And, AANA22 will be a return to normal, insofar as the educational program will be absolutely clinically relevant, and those who attend are guaranteed to return home with practical knowledge, immediately applicable to improving patient care and future research.
The AANA22 Program highlights include practice-changing lectures such as
My Approach to Posterior Hip Pain—Spine, Sacrum or Buttock? by John Christoforetti
The Rationale for Rotator Cuff Augmentation by Brian Cole
Tendinopathy and Muscle Injuries—Current Role of Biologic Injections by Jason Dragoo
My Approach to Subtalar Joint Arthroscopy by Richard Ferkel
My Latest Meniscus Repair Techniques by Aaron Krych
Restoring Shoulder Bone Loss: Where I’ve Been and What I’m Doing Now by John Tokish
Additional highlights include controversial case-presentation debates such as
So, It’s Your Kid: A High School Lacrosse Player With 16% Shoulder Bone Loss, pitting Anthony Romeo in favor of arthroscopic Bankart repair to mitigate risk versus Matthew Provencher in favor of the Latarjet procedure
65-Year-Old, Very Active Attorney: Irreparable Superior Cuff, High-Grade Subscapularis and Biceps Tear—Full ROM but Painful, where Scott Trenhaile argues that superior capsular reconstruction is worth the hassle, Kevin Bonner believes interposition grafts may be all you need, Jeffrey Abrams would do what works for most (partial repair and address the biceps), and Joseph Abboud wants to pump up the balloons
2.5-cm Knee Medial Femoral Condylar Defect in a 27-Year-Old With Normal Subchondral Bone on MRI, in which case Brian Waterman believes membrane-autologous chondrocyte implantation surface treatment is all that’s needed, and Paul Caldwell wants to go with osteochondral autograft transplantation, which he believes leads to the most predictable outcomes
44-Year-Old Active Physician With Knee Bone-on-Bone Medially, where Kristofer Jones thinks osteotomy is still best despite the hesitation of many to perform the procedure, but Kevin Plancher strongly believes a unicompartmental arthroplasty is lower risk and results in higher patient satisfaction.
For those who can arrive early, the Biologic Association meeting will precede AANA22 with didactics on Tuesday, May 17. On Wednesday, the AANA 40th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a “Gather on the Green” golf tournament at the Tournament Players Championship course, Harding Park, which was the home of the 2020 PGA Championship.
The meeting formally starts on Thursday, when AANA President Mark Getelman will open the meeting and, later that morning, will present the 2022 AANA Lifetime Achievement Award to his partner from the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute, shoulder innovator and educator Steven Snyder. Meeting partner nations include a Pan Asian collaboration. AANA’s continuing collaboration with the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS) will include a keynote lecture by the Surgeon General of the Navy, Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham. Other edifying lecturers will include Google’s Justin Krogue, an orthopaedic surgeon, on how artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect future practice, and Presidential Guest Speaker Allison Levine, the first woman to lead an all-female expedition on Mt. Everest. Eric Carson, Immediate Past President of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, A Multicultural Organization, will deliver the diversity lecture.
In terms of this outstanding program, we could go on and on (and on and on), but suffice it to say, there is much for all; the complete AANA22 Program is posted at www.aana.org
A return to normal should include reuniting with friends and professional colleagues, in a face-to-face manner, and meeting new friends. A return to normal should include a stroll through the city and its many fine restaurants, cultural institutions, shopping opportunities, architectural wonders, and natural beauty. A return to normal, even a new normal, should include a return to the AANA Annual Meeting.