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New Implants for Old Problems:
SOP Locking Plate System and
Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate

December 4, 2010
Glen Carbon, Illinois

This course will provide registrants with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with two new implants: the String-of-
Pearls (SOP) locking plate and the castless PanCarpal Arthrodesis (PCA) plate.

This course will include lectures and biomechanical data to help participants understand the rationale and properties of the SOP, a locking plate using traditional screws. Case presentations will illustrate the clinical applications of this plate prior to a laboratory on sawbones.

The afternoon will focus on the PCA plate, a new implant allowing arthrodesis of the radio-carpal joint without the disadvantages of post-operative external coaptation. Lectures will be followed by a laboratory on sawbones.

Registrants for this course should have a basic understanding of plating techniques. As a result of this course, participants are expected to understand the rationale and principles of application of the SOP and PCA plates, their clinical indications, and advantages over current techniques. Participants should also feel comfortable applying these implants on clinical patients.


  8:00-8:30 a.m. Course Check-In
Continental Breakfast
  8:30-9:00 a.m. Locking Plates: Rational Behind the SOP
Dominique J. Griffon
  9:00-9:30 a.m. Biomechanical Properties of SOP
Malcolm G. Ness
  9:30-10:00 a.m. Applications of SOP and Clinical Experience
Dominique J. Griffon
  10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
  10:15-10:30 a.m. SOP-TPLO: Design and Application
Malcolm G. Ness
  10:30 a.m.-Noon Hands-On Laboratory
Dry lab exercise using sawbones
  Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch
  1:00-1:30 p.m. Traditional Pancarpal Arthrodesis:
Principles and Complications

Dominique J. Griffon
  1:30-2:00 p.m. Castless PCA Plate:
Design Rationale and Method of Application

Malcolm G. Ness
  2:00-4:00 p.m. Hands-On Laboratory
Wet lab exercise with the application of a castless PCA plate
  4:00-4:30 p.m. Q&A Session
  4:30 p.m. Adjourn