R. Verdonk (Gent, BE)

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Rene Verdonk obtained his medical degree in July 1971 at Gent State University in Belgium. He was Board certified in orthopaedic surgery in 1976 and presented his PhD thesis on Viable meniscal allografts in 1992. Since 1992 he was Full time Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and head of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology; Ghent University Hospital; De Pintelaan 185; B-9000 Gent (Belgium). He is emeritus professor since 01 10 2011 In the course of his career he has been involved in the advancement of trauma surgery and in knee pathology and takes a special interest in cruciate and meniscal surgery. Currently; he is also involved in cartilage pathology and treatment. He has published in many review Journals. He was Editor in Chief of the KSSTA journal (knee surgery and sports trauma and arthroscopy) and later became senior editor since 2013. He is a member of many scientific societies; such as the Belgian Society for Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology; of which he was President in 1991 – 1992. He is a founding member of BOTA (Belgian Orthopaedic Trauma Association). He is Past President of ESSKA (president 1995-1996) and past chairman of the basic science committee. He is a member of the ISAKOS strategic planning committee and of the ISAKOS Education Committee. He is also a member of AAOS; and corresponding member of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). He was nominated to the prestigious Hall of Fame of the AOSSM in 2011. During the recent meeting in Lyon in June 2015 he was awarded the prestigious honorary ISAKOS membership. He is now an active consultant in the ULB Erasmus univ Hospital dept of orthopaedics and trauma (dir. Prof Dr F Schuind ) involved in all aspect of knee pathology and treatment.

Presenter Of 1 Presentation

Extended Abstract (for invited Faculty only) Meniscus

1.3.1 - Generational Gap - A Senior Surgeon Perspective

Presentation Topic
Meniscus
Date
12.04.2022
Lecture Time
12:03 - 12:08
Room
Bellevue
Session Type
Special Session

Abstract

Introduction

no introduction required

Content

Let me share some philosophy and thoughts as a senior surgeon.

Since humans are on this planet teaching was done by the master to the student.

And when techniques were involved, the teaching was also live

Communication was person to person. No alternatives here.

In orthopaedics as in all of surgery learning from the master was the way to go.

“I told you so or I showed you so” was the slogan.

That is how I was trained long ago and appreciated it all the way.

Orthopaedics and trauma treatment are based on a good diagnosis.

The clinical diagnosis that is. Back then no more was around.

History taking was basic and you needed the tricks to get it all out of the patient.

Though I still stick to these principles I see a change in practice towards more technical information more imaging information

Missing what my teachers told me

Masses of information now is made available from new techniques and imaging sources

sometimes with frightening details that scare patient and families

However, missing out on therapeutical impact

And then again

I lived through the origin of arthroscopy and I am staying alive through its technical improvements today

Nevertheless, the abuses on the matter

Too many menisci were removed during last century and this has come around more recently to the benefit for all

But then again too few ACL s were treated at the same time to save the knee

We now know they work together to stabilize the injured knee and prevent degeneration

In the while hypes came up and disappeared again as indeed they are hypes

The likes of double bundle vs single bundle, the existence or not of the ALL, the value of zero alignment or just keep it as it is. And more to come

Good decisions come from experience and good experience comes from bad decisions

The same is true for the diagnosis and the treatment that follows

As experience comes with time and age, share your master s experience and let it reach your students over time

The benefits will be huge to the individual patient but also to the community as this is all we strive for

In Orthopaedics clinical experience is the heart of the matter, imaging may shed some more light on the problem leading to a correct treatment and a satisfied patient pursuing his individual and intimate goals

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References

none

Acknowledgments

to my teachers

to my father who told me to leave this place a better place than when i found it ....................

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