AFOR Experts' Knee Symposium

New and old thinking in primary total knee arthroplasty / Lucerne

31. 05. 2012 – 01. 06. 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) is one of the most challenging topics in Orthopaedic Surgery. During the last 50 years it seems to have reached a standard as a treatment procedure for severe knee arthritis, performed more than 3.000.000 times worldwide. With high success rates it suggests restoration of patient activity, life quality and dramatic improvement for an aging population.

However, surgeon experts dealing with TKA patients in their daily practice may have a more sophisticated picture of success in treating knee arthritis. On the one hand, there seems to be an enormous impact of patient individual response to treatment with healing issues, pain sensation, functional results and expectations. On the other hand, similar treated patients show dramatic differences in recovery under different post-operative rehabilitation concepts. This leaves the surgeon expert with the feeling of a reduced impact of his implant and surgical choices on the overall outcome.

Modern Total Knee Arthroplasty should envision the absolute success in knee arthroplasty. Thus, surgeons should be aware of the impact of patient individuality aspects, as much as impact of modern kinematic implant concepts, as much as surgical skills and post-operative treatment.

Based on the highly successful Lucerne Knee Course 2010 the AFOR invites all professionals in the broad field of Total Knee Arthroplasty to Lucerne from May 31st to June 1st 2012. We will discuss new and old thinking in this classic Orthopaedic field with a highly recognised international faculty. We will listen to lessons learned from the past and watch the projects designed for the future.

Lucerne in late spring is a wonderful place for a short getaway and reflection of our current understanding of Total Knee Arthroplasty. We hope to see you in Lucerne!

Prof. Dr. H. Windhagen

Prof. Dr. Dr. G. O. Hofmann

Prof. Dr. W. Mittelmeier
AFOR president


Veranstalter AFOR Stiftung
Association for Orthopaedic Research
Wissenschaftliche Leitung Professor Dr. med. Henning Windhagen, Hannover
Professor Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Gunther O. Hofmann, Halle/ Jena
Professor Dr. med. Wolfram Mittelmeier, Rostock

Astoria Hotel
Pilatusstrasse 29, 6002 Lucerne

Phone: +41 41 / 22688-68
Fax: +41 41 / 21042-62

Anreise / Registratur

The Welcome Desk will be open from 10.30 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. on the 31st May in the congress hotel. There you may register and receive your congress documents.


Participation fee: 440,00 EUR
includes course fee, course documents, dinner on Friday for one person, free board & lodging

Donnerstag, 31. 05. 2012

10:30 am – 01:00 pm

12:00 – 01:00 pm

01:00 – 01:05 pm
Welcome address / H. Windhagen

01:05 – 01:15 pm
Association For Orthopaedic Research:
History and Mission / W. Mittelmeier

SESSION 1: The pre-operative Patient: Should we know more
than just "knee arthritis"?

01:30 – 01:50 pm
What´s left for Arthroscopy in the arthritic knee?  / H. Laprell

01:50 – 02:10 pm
Will Cartilage repair ever be a solution for the arthritic knee?  / M. Bohnsack

02:10 – 02:30 pm
Cytokine regulation and therapeutic strategies  / M. Sauerschnig

02:30 – 02:50 pm
Co-morbidity with hip, ankle and backpain  / F. Gossé

02:50 – 03:10 pm
Rheumatoid patients: Indication and medication? / R. Skripitz

03:10 – 03:30 pm
Materials: Is there a future for ceramic components in knee arthroplasty? / W. Mittelmeier

03:30 – 04:00 pm
Coffee break

SESSION 2: The knee: Old and new thinking in knee kinematics and design

04:00 – 04:20 pm Modern Thinking in knee kinematics / S. Ostermeier

04:20 – 04:40 pm Is restoring neutral alignment an obligation in TKA? / V. Duthon

04:40 – 05:00 pm Classic vs. modern kinematic reality / F. Catani

05:00 – 05:20 pm Learning curve in soft-tissue balancing / B. Christen

05:20 – 05:40 pm Patellofemoral mechanics and implications for knee design / S. Ostermeier

05:40 – 06:00 pm HTO: How do we understand and reconstruct the anatomy of the knee / H. U. Stäubli

Freitag, 01. 06. 2012

SESSION 3: Implant and Surgery: Do we really need further developments?

08:00 – 08:20 am
Uni-Partial-Trochlea: alternatives to total surface replacement?
A. Imhoff

08:20 – 08:40 am
Inlay constraint designs for a-p-stabilisation (PS, TS, high conformity)
R. Windhager

08:40 – 09:00 am
Mini-Implants: Correct indication and results
C. Becher

09:00 – 09:20 am
MIS versus conventional: Discussion over?
I. Marintschev

09:20 – 09:40 am
Evidence base for using navigation tools
T. Calließ

09:40 – 10:00 am
Kinematic alignment and shape matching technology
A. D. Toms

10:00 – 10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:30 am - 01:00 pm

Workshop 1 | 10:30 – 11:30 am
Patient individual knee arthroplasty
H. Windhagen, C. Stukenborg-Colsman

Workshop 2 | 10:30 – 11:30 am
Revision strategies in knee arthroplasty
R. Windhager, T. Kanig

Workshop 3 | 10:30 – 11:30 am
Problems of skin defects after trauma and endoprosthesis revision
G. O. Hofmann, V. Bühren

Workshop 4 | 12:00 – 01:00 pm
Experience the function and biomechanic effectivity of knee unloader braces
T. Tischer, R. Skripitz

Workshop 5 | 12:00 – 01:00 pm
Unicondylar knee replacement and gap balancing strategies
F. Catani, M. Tinius

Seminar 1 | 12:00 – 01:00 pm
Septic surgery
W. Mittelmeier, S. Kirschner


01:00 – 02:00 pm
Light lunch


SESSION 4: The Surgery: Is there more than implants?

02:00 – 02:15 pm
Rotation and consequences of malalignment
S. Kirschner

02:15 – 02:30 pm
Gap balancing or measured resection?
V. Jansson

02:30 – 02:45 pm
Surgical treatment of knee fibrosis
D. Kohn

02:45 – 03:00 pm
Post-traumatic soft tissue difficulties
G. O. Hofmann

03:00 – 03:15 pm
Periprosthetic fractures: the surgical techniques of choice
V. Bu?hren

03:15 – 03:30 pm
Addressing sources of instability
H. Windhagen

03:30 – 03:45 pm

03:45 – 04:15 pm
Coffee Break


SESSION 5: The post-operative Patient: Surgery is not enough!

04:15 – 04:35 pm
Can we respond to rising patient expectations?
E. Guerado

04:35 – 04:55 pm
Comparing different EU rehabilitation programmes
C. Stukenborg-Colsman

04:55 – 05:15 pm
Chronic knee pain after TKA: Diagnostic and treatment?
N. Stuhlmann

05:15 – 05:35 pm
Implant infection as source for postoperative knee pain
H. Gollwitzer

05:35 – 05:55 pm
Basics of conservative treatment post-op
H. J. Gerlach

05:55 – 06:15 pm
Unloading of knee compartiments – Myth versus Reality
T. Tischer

06:15 – 06:30 pm

Future of  Association For Orthopaedic Research
W. Mittelmeier

06:30 – 06:45 pm
Good Bye
G. O. Hofmann

07:30 pm
Course Dinner



Prof. Dr. med. Peter Augat
Murnau, Germany

Dr. med. Christoph Becher
Hannover, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Bohnsack
Bremen, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Volker Bühren
Murnau, Germany

Dr. med. Tilman Calließ
Hannover, Germany

Professor Fabio Catani
Bologna, Italy

Dr. med. Bernhard Christen
Bern, Switzerland

PD Dr. med Claudio Dora
Zurich, Switzerland

M.D. Victoria Duthon
Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. med. Hans Jürgen Gerlach
Heuchelheim, Germany

PD Dr. med. Hans Gollwitzer
München, Germany

PD Dr. med. Frank Gossé
Hannover, Germany

Professor Enrique Guerado
Malaga, Spain

Prof. Dr. med. Gunther O. Hofmann
Halle, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Imhoff
Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Volkmar Jansson
Munich, Germany

Dr. med. Thomas Kanig
Berchtesgaden, Germany

PD Dr. med. Stephan Kirschner
Dresden, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Dieter Kohn
Homburg/Saar, Germany

Dr. med. Heinz Laprell
Kiel, Germany

Dr. med. Ivan Marintschev
Jena, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Ingo Marzi
Frankfurt, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfram Mittelmeier
Rostock, Germany

PD Dr. med Sven Ostermeier
Hannover, Germany

Dr. med. Martin Sauerschnig
Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Schnettler
Gießen, Germany

PD Dr. med. Ralf Skripitz
Rostock, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Hans Ulrich Stäubli
Bern, Switzerland

Norbert Stuhlmann
Damp, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Christina Stukenborg-Colsman
Hannover, Germany

Dr. med. Marco Tinius
Stollberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Tischer
Rostock, Germany

M.D. Andrew D. Toms
Exeter, UK

Prof. Dr. med. Vilmos Vécsei
Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. med. Henning Windhagen
Hannover, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Windhager
Vienna, Austria