Following the XV Congresso da Sociedade Portuguesa de Artroscopia e Traumatologia Desportiva (SPAT), together with our partner Stryker, we took advantage of the quorum to hold a Simposium dedicated to arthroscopic hip conservative surgery: “Hip Arthroscopy: What else?” The scientific action was moderated by specialist Dr. Pedro Simas and the opinion of the distinguished surgeons: Dr. Eurico Monteiro; Dr. Fernando Leal; Dr. João Sarmento Esteves and Dr. Sérgio Gonçalves.
Dr. David Maia Pinto, participant and one of the founders of the Hip and Pelvis page, is the opinion that this type of event has great importance for the community of health professionals in that “the sharing of the practical experience of teams with great volume in arthroscopic surgery, the path taken, technical difficulties and solutions. Basically, how to make hip arthroscopy more and more reproducible”.
In agreement, speaker Dr. Fernando Leal, orthopedic surgeon at Hospital Luz Arrábida, says that “this type of debate provides an informal environment, in which very practical and technical aspects are discussed, based on each one’s personal experience, and is an asset for surgeons who are still in their learning curve”, making a “clearly positive” balance of the symposium.
“From a personal point of view, I felt honored by the invitation and for being able to share the table with colleagues and friends of undeniable value in the area of hip arthroscopic surgery. This model of discussion, due to its dynamism and informal nature, creates an excellent forum for sharing opinions and ideas that enrich us all,” he said.
Regarding the necessary improvements in the Portuguese panorama of orthopedic surgeries, Dr. Fernando Leal is of the opinion that in the last decade, in Portugal, there has been a leap in the area of arthoscopy.
“The market has expanded and technical solutions have emerged that, together with greater availability of training tools – skill labs and cadaver courses – have fostered the technical development of arthroscopy in the various articulations. It would be interesting to think that Portugal could have one or two arthroscopic training centers that would allow surgeons to train techniques in a more regular way”, he concluded.