Meeting review: 2019 AAOMS meeting in Boston
BOSTON. Mass., USA: New research and its impact on oral and maxillofacial surgery and patient care oral and maxillofacial surgery and patient care was the focus of the 2019 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) 101st Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition. More than 4,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, faculty, residents and allied staff are estimated to have attended the meeting, which took place Sept 19-21.
With more than 200 educational sessions and 10 education tracks covering the entire OMS scope of practice — anesthesia, cosmetic surgery, dental implants, dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic and obstructive sleep apnea surgery, pathology, pediatrics and cleft, reconstruction, temporomandibular joint and trauma — there were multiple opportunities to learn about and review the latest breakthroughs in advancements.
Each of the 10 tracks had its own plenary session followed by multiple interactive breakouts. Plenary sessions included “Reconstruction Plenary: Advanced Maxillofacial Reconstructive Techniques,” “Anesthesia Plenary: Pediatric Patient Anesthesia Safety,” “Pathology Plenary: Management of Dysplasia and Early-stage Oral Cancer” and “TMJ Plenary: What do We do after Failure of Non-surgical Treatment of TMJ Disease?”
There was also a lot of newness in the exhibit hall. This year, there were six new exhibitors.
Denta-Cool offered up its Denta-Cool Mouthpiece, an intraoral cryotherapy device that relieves oral pain and swelling from oral or maxillofacial surgeries. Described as an alternative to prescription opioids. Denta-Cool says its product has improved effectiveness of cold therapy treatment in dentistry by uniformly cooling the entire mouth from the inside.
At the Lenkbar booth, attendees could check out the Marxman Needle, a safe deflective bone marrow aspiration system utilizing FlexMetric technology. The FlexMetric technology allows for deflection as the cannula follows the path of least resistance. This maximizes the available bone marrow geography to safely harvest bone marrow by skimming along the inner cortical-cancellous interlace, a stem cell rich area within the marrow space. The Marxman is patent-pending technology projected to go to market by the end of 2019.
Over at One Click Referral, you could learn how the company can help you make referrals fast, easy and efficient for the referring practice, the patient and you. Receive complete referral information and avoid the hassle of having to repeatedly ask for your referral’s documents. One Click allows instant communication and exchange of large files as well as patient details in a HIPAA-compliant way.
Puget Sound Surgical offers Stryker impaction drills repair and refurbishment. The company refurbishes to OEM standards and can help you bring impaction drills back to life.
Symbi Medical offers its Symbi Continuous Care Platform. Symbi helps patients follow their doctor’s instructions. Surgical practices upload their paper-based instructions and patient handouts, and the HIPAA-compliant platform creates digital interactions used to remind patients what to do at exactly the right time. Symbi reduces no-shows and cancellations, eliminates failed procedure prep and improves outcomes, according to the company.
Yale Pathology Labs is a full-service anatomic pathology lab, where all pathologists are subspecialized.
AAOMS President Dr. A. Thomas Indresano and his wife, Rita, hosted the annual President’s Event at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Open to all attendees and guests, this event featured music, food and the opportunity to take a swing in an official Major League Baseball batting cage, experience the Red Sox virtual reality batting cage, walk on the field’s warning track and hang out with mascots Wally and Tessie.
Former Red Sox greats Carlton Fisk and Curt Schilling signed autographs at the event. Fisk, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Rookie of the Year in 1972, played for 24 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. He famously waved his winning home run to stay fair in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Schilling helped lead the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007 to World Series championships. He pitched 20 years in the majors, including his final four seasons with Boston.