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Program Overview
Learning Objectives

The ESSKA Advanced Knee Arthroscopy Course is designed to provide certified Orthopaedic Surgeons thorough didactic and practical training in challenging disorders of the knee from renowned ESSKA Faculty using state of the art surgical facilities.


Thursday, 15 November​

07:45 08:00 Registration
08:00 08:10 Welcome and Introduction
08:10 08:20 Portals to access the Meniscus arthroscopically (+ pie crusting of MCL) M. Karahan
08:20 08:30 Methods to optimize meniscus healing (notch holes, rasping, blood clot) K. Tecklenburg
08:30 08:40 Treatment of degenerative meniscus lesions M. Vioreanu
08:40 08:50 Questions to the “teachers”
08:50 09:00 Coffee break
09:00 11:30 First Lab Session:

  • - Portals (anterolateral, and medial, posterolateral and medial) and hook assessment (meniscus w/ anterior, posterior horn and pars intermedia. Roots. Ramp.)
  • - Pie crusting MCL
  • - Notch holes, rasping

11:30 12:15 Lunch
12:15 12:25 Question to “teachers” about 1st Lab. session and morning presentations
12:25 12:30 How to reduce and repair a bucket handle tear? T. Harlem
12:35 12:40 How to repair a radial tear? S. Kopf
12:40 12:45 How to suture a ramp lesion? M. Vioreanu
12:45 12:50 How to suture an isolated posteromedial meniscus root tear? T. Harlem
12:50 12:55 How to suture a posterolateral meniscus root tear in case of a concomitant ACL tear? K. Tecklenburg
13:00 15:30 Second Lab. Session:

  • A: Partial meniscectomy
  • B: Meniscus sutures for longitudinal and radial tears
    • - All-inside
    • - Outside-in
    • - Roots

15:30 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 16:05 Question to “teachers” about 2nd Lab. session

Friday, 16 November​

08:00 08:10 Are meniscal allografts or partial meniscus replacements an option? B. Ambrozic
08:10 10:40 Third Lab. Session:

  • - Ramp lesions
  • - Allografts

10:40 10:55 Coffee break
10:55 11:15 Question to “teachers” about 3rd Lab. Session
11:15 11:30 Closure and Meeting evaluation
11:30 12:15 Lunch


ALL about Meniscus 2018

The lectures will be directly correlated to what the attendees will perform in the laboratory. 
The attendee is expected to learn all about the meniscus starting from the very simple to the very complex. 

The basics of arthroscopic portals will be revisited in light of the multiportal access to the knee joint. Optimization of meniscus healing will be discussed in order to learn ways to promote healing. Partial meniscectomy, one of the most frequently performed procedures in orthopaedic surgery, will be refreshed.

There will be lectures which explain meniscus suturing including all inside, outside-in and inside-out, followed by hand-on practice in the laboratory. How to suture a ramp lesion and how to suture a root tear will also be discussed followed by hands-on repetition on cadavers. Finally, meniscal allografts or substitutes will be discussed as an option in salvage cases.

Pre-course recommended reading and visual materials
Pre-course recommended reading and visual materials: eposter
Pre-course Assessment Questionnaire
Course Lectures
Post-course Assessment Questionnaire
Evaluation & Certificate
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