Dr. William Banks of the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, P.A. completed an advanced course on foot and ankle surgical fixation techniques sponsored by Wright Medical last month. The course, “Emerging Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery: Regenerative & Reconstructive Symposia and Skills Lab” was held at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago. The Orthopedic Learning Center is the leading international center for lab-based learning, welcoming physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals since 1994 from all over the world. This course offers hands on training in new products and techniques.
"The state of the art facility and cadaver lab offer an incredible opportunity to learn," said Dr. Banks. “I was fortunate to be able to join the other 65 surgeons, as we explored and honed our techniques in foot and ankle surgery. Classes and workshops were designed to improve results with internal bone fixation. "There has been an explosion of new products in the last five years. This workshop allowed me to use new products in correcting hammertoes, bunions, foot arthritis and foot and ankle injuries."
"We now have products that allow for quicker healing, less pain and sooner weight bearing," said Banks. “With these new products, many patients can get back to their regular activities much sooner. Many patients can walk immediately after surgery. Bone and joint surgery has changed a lot over the last 20 years.”