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Foot and Ankle ROCKstar Kongress – Switzerland

18 – 19 September 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the first AMIC foot and ankle focus group meeting.   We hope everyone that attended got as much out of the meeting as we did.

Joint Preservation of the foot and ankle is at an exciting stage, which was evident during the meeting.  Techniques are being developed and refined, and potential studies to research these options are being suggested.   We look forward to supporting the individuals on these initiatives in the future.

This page has been set to cover the topics that were discussed during the meeting and hopefully answer some of the points and questions that came up. Within the drop down menus, there are downloadable product information sheets and clinical papers.   Should there be anything else you would like further detail on,  please do get in touch.

You can see our blog about the meeting here

You can relive the two day event by watching the video montage below:

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Geistlich surgery to bring their innovative, market leading regenerative options to the UK.  The leading matrix for cartilage regeneration, Chondrogide, is a great place to start from!


More than 160 years of expertise in the processing and refinement of bone, cartilage and collagen

Geistlich Pharma is a Swiss company, owned by the family Geistlich with its headquarters in Central Switzerland in Wolhusen and in Root. The company is part of the Geistlich Holding. Since the business was established in 1851, Geistlich has developed its expertise in the processing of bone and tissue.

“Our goal is to give patients back some quality of life.” – Paul Note, CEO Geistlich Pharma

The close collaboration with scientists and researchers plays a decisive role in the development of the products. Geistlich Pharma is organised into three business divisions: Geistlich Biomaterials (dental medicine), Geistlich Surgery (orthopaedics and traumatology) and Geistlich Medical (pharmaceuticals and supplementals). The company is entirely privately owned, enabling it to think and act with the long term in mind. You can find out more about Geistlich here.

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Weiworski and Dr. Sadlik to the meeting to discuss their extensive experience with AMIC Talus.

European Expertise

We are very excited to welcome two leading international foot and ankle specialists, Dr Martin Weiworski and Dr. Boguslaw Sadlik

Dr. med. Martin Wiewiorski is the Chief of the Foot and Ankle Section of the Orthopaedic and Trauma Department of the Kantonsspital in Winterthur/Switzerland.

Following his graduation from medical school in Muenster/Germany, he was employed as a Research Fellow in the Foot and Ankle Team of Prof. Victor Valderrabano at the Univeristy Hospital of Basel Switzerland. During these 12 months, he wrote his doctoral thesis and laid the foundation for his later research career.

After working two years at the Trauma Department of the Bergmannsheil Bochum/Germany he returned to Basel and became resident at the Orthopaedic Department of the University Hospital. He finished his training under the supervision of Prof. Victor Valderrabano and is a board certified orthopaedic and trauma surgeon since 2014.

He trained at Harvard Medical School in Boston in an 18 month Research Fellowship supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Society for Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. His research focus is cartilage repair, and cartilage imaging and biomechanics. In his research career, he was funded approx. 250000 USD in competitive funding.

Dr. Wiewiorski is a member of the following societies: ICRS, AOFAS, SGOT, AGA, GOTS.

He is a former traveling fellow of the EFAS, ICRS, and AGA.

He is a stipend of the Swiss National Foundation (SNF), Swiss Orthopedic Trauma Society (SGOT), and other.

2009 Ph.D. in medicine, Graduation thesis: „ The meaning of
quality and graft preparing manner with hamstring tendons in anterior knee instability treatment with four tunnel technique”
2005 Specialization in Orthopaedics and Traumatology
1989-1995 medicine, Silesian Medical University, Katowice, Poland
1988-1989 phisics, Jaggielonian Univerisity, Krakow, Poland

Professional experience
2015 – Head of the Biological Joint Reconstruction Department at the St. Luke’s Hospital,
Bielsko- Biala, Poland
2005- Orthopaedic surgeon at the St. Luke’s Hospital, Bielsko- Biala, Poland
2000-2005 Resident in the Department of Orthropaedics and Traumatology at the St.
Luke’s Clinic, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
1996-2005 Resident in the Department of Orthropaedics and Traumatology at the
Silesian Hospital of Reumatology in Ustro?, Poland

Surgical experience
Over 4000 orthopaedic surgeries. Especially arthroscopic knee and ankle surgeries
( ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL, PLC, ATFL, CFL, MPFL and the other ligaments repairs and
reconstructions, AMIC, BMAC, HA-BMAC implantations, HTO and DFO alignment
correction, hindfoot corrective osteotomies and arthrodesis, meniscal substitutes
and allografts implantations and the others).

Professional Memberships
Polish Foot and Ankle Society (The President 2016-2019)
Polish Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (Member of the Knee Surgery
Committee’s Board, 2014-2018)
Polish Society of Arthroscopy
International Cartilage Repair Society
International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sport Medicine
European Society of Sport Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy

All the options that we discussed during the meeting are part of the the overall ROCKstar family of products.  You can click the brochure picture below to open a downloadable version of it.  A ROCKstar kit can be bought, consigned, or loaned depending on your needs and all components can be sold as individual products.


Post biological options in the talus would normally be fusion our TAR.  HemiCAP talus is a salvage procedure that can bridge the gap further when biological options are exhausted.

Mr. Siddique and Mr. Devailia gave excellent presentations on AMIC in the MTP and created an interesting debate.  For the Great Toe and Freiburg’s, the technique shows great promise.  Further research into this technique will be of great interest.

Thank you for the HemiCAP toe experiences discussed in room on the second day.  Some feedback from that discussion – Should the patient have motion and is motivated to keep it then it is a potential option,  it will not bring back motion that was already lost.

Demonstrated in the lab by Mr. Farndon, NanoFX allows for a more precise and measured micro-fracture technique.  Preserving the quality of surface of the subchondral bone, giving deeper, open channels for cells to travel up to the surface.

Bone Marrow Aspirate taken from an alternative site and used to seed the Chondrogide is also a viable option.  ‘Marrow Cellution’ is a simple device with no centrifuge.   The BMA sample produced yields a higher CFU count when compared to a traditional trocar/centrifuge option.

BMA Marrow Cellution

BMA Bone Healing with Marrow Cellution – JO 1 pager with many of these paper linked in.

Osteocore plasty with Marrow Cellution – a novel technique to deal with AVN and large bone cysts.

Marrow Cellution product flyer

The Power of Synergy – an intake bone matrix


Addressing the bone bed is covered a little in the information on Marrow Cellution above.  We can provide the raw materials to rebuild the structure too.  During the excellent Geistlich facilities tour we heard more about Orthoss as one of those options.

Pain management options and diagnostic devices fall into our ‘non operative’ portfolio.  We touched on these options during meeting – Lipogems, Hyaluronic acid, Mi-eye 2

All our products are covered in video on the Joint Operations Youtube channel which can access here – JO YouTube

Non Operative

ROCKstar (all cartilage)

Foot and Ankle

We hope you find this page useful and covers everything you need regarding the topics that were discussed.  Of course, further questions and queries are very welcome so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Jim Carr
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Jim Carr – Joint Operations, Marketing Manager

Despite his relative youth, Jim has a broad base of experience in Orthopaedics gained through Smith and Nephew and Northstar Orthopaedics. Having previously worked as a territory manager in the North East, Jim now looks after the UK-wide Orthopaedic Marketing activities for Joint Operations

.Email: jim@jointoperations.co.uk
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Please feel free to contact Jim at any time.