Expert Opinion

Insight Talk with Prof. Dr. med. Christina Stukenborg-Colsman

We spoke with the foot & ankle expert about the incidence of hallux valgus deformities, the gender gap in leading positions in surgery and resorbable screws and plates.

“As the society gets older, patients get bunions at a later point in their life.”

Christina works at the Orthopaedic University Clinic Annastift clinic in Hannover as Chief Medical Officer where she heads the foot and ankle surgery department.

Insight Talk with Dr. med. Piotr Czarnecki

We met the Polish hand specialist Dr. Piotr Czarnecki to talk about surgical robots and thumbs prosthesis.

“Not only musicians or athletes need a very good hand!”

Piotr works at the Poznań University of Medical Sciences in Poland and specialized in orthopedics and trauma surgery. He is a member of the hand trauma and examination committee of the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH).

Insight Talk with Prof. Dr. med. Gregory Rafijah

The third Insight Talk episode features Prof. Dr. med. Gregory Rafijah from the University of California, who has over 20 years of surgical experience.

“Freeway volume is back to normal, which is shocking because gas prices have gone through the roof due to inflation.”

Professor Dr. Rafijah currently serves as Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in the medical and surgical care of the hand, wrist and elbow. In our discussion he mentioned that even though the overall patient volume remained about the same, his trama clinic has seen more injuries that occurred at home. During the lockdowns the nature of the trauma has changed and was more reflected by things that were happening at home, such as domestic injuries from domestic violence disputes and suicide attempts.

Insight Talk with Prof. Dr. Christophe Meyer

Peter Cologna spoke with Dr. Meyer on the sidelines of a IBRA master CMF course in Besançon and asked him about topics such as 3 Printing, reimbursement and the advantages of a digital workflow.

“A digital workflow forces surgeons to analyse their cases in detail, and I think that is the biggest advantage, much more than the printing itself.”

Dr. Meyer is Head of the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Besançon, France.