International Symposium on Arthroscopy underway in Cuba
Shoulder arthroscopy is the main topic at an international symposium underway in the Antonio Luaces Iraola Hospital in the city of Ciego de Avila, 460 kilometers east of Havana.
A workshop on keyhole surgery opened the symposium attended by sixty Cuban experts and a number of foreign participants including Eduard Buess, director of the Shoulder-Care Clinic, from Berne, Switzerland, the center co-organizing the event together with the Cuban Society of Orthopedics.
Topics on the agenda for the first session include discussing a project on arthroscopy upgrading and the examination of patients who have undergone surgery by means of this minimum access technique before. A team from the University of California, led by Dr. William Stetson, is expected to join the meeting.
Arthroscopy is an original technique that reduces the risk of infection, and allows a speedy and less painful recovery for the patient, who can go home 48 hours after surgery.
In the province of Ciego de Avila alone, some 400 shoulder and knee arthroscopy operations have been performed since 2003.