The 15th International Symposium on Arthroscopic Surgery which focused on orthopedic minimum access surgery took place at the Antonio Luaces Iraola Hospital in Ciego de Ávila, with the participation of ten leading European professors (Switzerland and the Netherlands) and 13 Cubans specialists.

A sharing of knowledge and expertise on arthroscopic surgery via minimum access to the joints of the shoulder, the knee, the hip, the ankle and the small joints present in the wrist, hand or the fingers constitutes one of the main focuses of development within the National Health System.

The Symposium, according to the Dr Horacio Tabares Neyra, president of the Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology, was the annual event of the Cuban Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology.

About 50 specialists of orthopedics, anesthesia and radiology throughout the country participated in the meeting, where conferences of the highest current scientific level in arthroscopic surgery of all joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle) were given.

The success of this symposium confirms the successful decision by the Board of Directors of the Cuban Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology of the creation, a year ago, of the national group of arthroscopic surgery that, under the direction of the outstanding Doctor of Sciences Osvaldo García Martínez has managed to promote the development of these techniques, whose best visualization and maneuvering solutions that open surgery are widely recognized, explained Tabares.

Due to the strategy of education and training in 2017 of the total elective major surgeries in the country, 14% were performed by minimum access surgery, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health.