Our Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center, Dr. Tyson Cobb, was recently invited to serve as an instructor at the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS) Course held in Strasbourg, France. This seminar was designed to train hand surgeons in the latest advancements in wrist arthroscopy. This event hosted participants from 34 different countries
A complex technique, wrist arthroscopy requires hands-on experience and the use of specialized equipment. Dr. Cobb guided the participants through each step of the procedure in a state-of-the-art training center as her served as an instructor in the cadaveric lab. This training process, supervised by international experts, allows a greater number of hand surgeons to develop proficiency in leading techniques. As a result, more orthopaedists will cultivate the skill and experience necessary to perform wrist arthroscopy effectively, which will improve patient access to this advanced treatment option.
Many training facilities do not teach advanced minimally invasive techniques especially for small joints. For example, a survey found that less than 1% of hand surgeons in the United States treat thumb arthritis with minimally invasive techniques.
Dr. Cobb revealed the course’s many benefits, saying:
“Although there is a steep learning curve to becoming competent in wrist arthroscopy, it is a skill that is important for all hand surgeons and is of great benefit to patients. Minimally invasive techniques typically cause less tissue damage, less scarring, less pain, and they result in faster recovery time than the older open surgical approaches. The EWAS Wrist Arthroscopy Course gives hand surgeons from around the world the confidence to perform the new techniques. And, once they’ve learned it, the availability of minimally invasive options goes up for patients.”
In addition to these benefits, wrist arthroscopy typically reduces healthcare costs, patient downtime, and scarring. For these reasons and others, Dr. Cobb and the medical team at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC believe minimally invasive surgery is the future of surgery.
Following his experience in Strasbourg, Dr. Cobb presented primary research on innovative minimally invasive treatment procedures for thumb arthritis surgery at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Orlando, FL. This year he will also present his minimally invasive techniques in Colombia and Argentina. An advocate of continuing education, Dr. Cobb recently traveled to Dubai to learn a new “ultra minimally invasive” technique for carpal tunnel release.