Prof. Nick London looks back at November’s skills enhancement masterclass in Birmingham.
Despite the considerable weight of evidence supporting partial knee replacement (not least the flagship TOPKAT study which reported earlier this year), there remain many more knee surgeons experienced in total replacements than partial. As they review the supporting literature and National Joint Registry support for partial resurfacing, many are looking to introduce it to their practice, or to upscale procedure numbers.
That was the reason for Zimmer Biomet’s Partial Knee System Masterclass in Birmingham in mid-November. I and Yorkshire Knee Clinic colleague Dave Duffy were presenting, as were Professor Emmanuel Thienpont, Head of the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc’s Knee Surgery Unit and president of the European Knee Society, and Andrew Porteus, Lead Knee Surgeon for North Bristol NHS Trust. YKC’s Jim Newman and Jon Smith were also on hand to discuss their experiences with delegates.
The surgeons attending such masterclasses are not novices. Each will have some experience of fixed bearing partial knees and partial replacements may already form a small percentage of their work. They recognise the value of partial knees and in particular of fixed bearing implants. What they need is guidance on patient selection and tips for surgery, and we also presented the excellent early results of the Persona Partial Knee implant, the development of which I’ve been heavily involved in and which has now been implanted in 35,000 patients.
During the masterclass we also explored the clear advantages of fixed bearing implants as the best performing implant in world registries and we discussed the advantages of choosing to perform a higher ratio of partial knee to total knee replacements to achieve optimum results and outcomes.
Feedback on the day was excellent. Attending surgeons were reassured by the results and particularly by the honesty of the faculty as we balanced the excellent results with the challenges we have experienced in practice. Also receiving praise were the interactive nature of the event, the advice on patient selection and the ability to discuss complex cases.
This may have been the first Persona Partial Knee meeting since its launch in Rome in 2017 but it certainly won’t be the last, and there’s a further event in the planning stages for 2020.
Mini Fellowships with YKC
You don’t have to wait for the next Persona Partial Knee event to have your questions answered regarding partial knee implants. Dave Duffy and I continue to run monthly mini-fellowships for knee surgeons where you can experience 8-10 uni-compartmental knee arthroplasties with us in a 1-2-1 teaching environment. To take part, please contact Zimmer Biomet.
Prof. Nick London
Specialist Knee Surgeon & Visiting Professor to Leeds Beckett University
“An excellent knee surgeon. He probably does as many partial knee replacements as anyone in the country.”
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & District NHS Foundation Trust
“Mr Duffy is a wonderful knee surgeon but he’s a very approachable guy as well… That makes a huge difference.”