Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Surgical Skills

Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle

December 10, 2022 - December 11, 2022

Chicago, IL Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC)
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These interactive two-day, hands-on courses are each led by a faculty of skilled arthroscopy surgeons and gives you the opportunity to learn and practice established and cutting-edge techniques in surgery for the foot and ankle.

The course features 9+ hours of hands-on laboratory time with the latest equipment and techniques on fresh cadaver specimens. Lecture presentations will be enhanced with videos of actual arthroscopic cases. There will be ample opportunity for interaction with faculty. One cadaver per two registrants.




Members/Resident Members: $1,975
Non-Members/Non-Member Residents: $2,375

Course Hours

Check-in/Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:00 am
Day One – 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day Two – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm


Michael H. Theodoulou, DPM, FACFAS

Jeffrey R. Baker, DPM, FACFAS

Maryellen P. Brucato, DPM, FACFAS

Brian J. Burgess, DPM, FACFAS

Benjamin Cullen, DPM, FACFAS

Jason A. Piraino, DPM, FACFAS

Laurence G. Rubin, DPM, FACFAS

Jennifer Van, DPM, FACFAS

Glenn M. Weinraub, DPM, FACFAS

Learning Objectives

  • Refine arthroscopic techniques of the ankle and subtalar joint, with a focus on motor skill development.
  • Identify and understand indications for arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery.
  • Effectively perform soft tissue techniques including synovectomy, fibrous band resection, and gutter debridement.
  • Be able to approach, resect and saucerize medial and lateral talar dome lesions.
  • Be able to retrieve loose bodies in the ankle and be introduced to arthroscopic excision of the os trigonum.
  • Be introduced to arthroscopy of the small joints of the foot.
  • Understand the risks and complications of foot and ankle arthroscopy and their management.
  • Manage patient cases involving staging principles, intra-op positioning, and fluoroscopy methods.


7:30 - 8:00 am Check-in/Breakfast (OLC)

Lecture Hall

8:00 – 8:10 am Welcome, Introduction and “The Rules”

8:15 – 8:40 am Complications of Arthroscopy


8:45 – 9:40 am Dry Lab

9:40 – 10:00 am Break


10:05 – 10:30 am Arthroscopic Anatomy 

10:35 – 11:05 am Soft Tissue Pathology 

11:10 am – 12:10 pm Lunch

Lecture (in lab)

12:10 – 12:30 pm Establishing Portals 


12:35 – 2:00 pm Ankle Lab (See Plastic Sheeted Notes) 
(Registrants please mark portals; but do not create them until your table faculty has approved)


2:00 – 2:15 pm Break

Lecture Hall 

2:15 – 2:45 pm Arthroscopic Ankle Arthroplasty 

2:50 – 3:20 pm Arthroscopy of OCD 


3:25 - 4:45 pm Anterior Arthroplasty and OCD Microfracture Lab (See Plastic Sheeted Notes)

4:45 - 5:45 pm Faculty Case Presentations and Discussion

7:30 - 8:00 am Check-in/Breakfast (OLC)

Lecture Hall 

8:00 – 8:45 am Arthroscopic Topics of Interest—Faculty Roundtable Discussion

8:45 – 9:05 am Subtalar Arthroscopy

9:05 – 9:35 am Posterior Ankle and Subtalar Joint Pathology

9:35 – 9:50 am Break 
OLC lab staff will assist in assigning attendees to different stations to enable use of different equipment


9:50 am – 10:50 pm Subtalar Arthroscopy (Anterior Approach)
Posterior Ankle and Subtalar Arthroscopy

Lecture (in lab) 

10:50 – 11:05 am Subtalar Arthroscopic Arthrodesis


11:05 – 12:00 pm Subtalar Arthroscopic Arthrodesis

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch 
Arthroscopic Assisted Trauma Surgery

Lecture Hall

1:00 – 1:30 pm Arthroscopic Ankle Arthrodesis

1:30 – 1:50 pm Miscellaneous Procedures


1:50 – 3:30 pm Ankle Arthrodesis & Miscellaneous Procedures
Ankle and Subtalar Joint “Take Down”/Dissection”

General Information

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has approved each of these activities for a maximum of 14 continuing education contact hours.

California Radiology Credit: Every hour of lecture in scientific sessions can confer up to 0.5 hour of radiology credit.

To participate in surgical courses, you will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the course. College policy mandates that every individual must wear protective wear provided by the laboratory during the lab sessions in order to participate in these courses. Course registrants are to bring their own scrubs to wear in the lab.

The ACFAS surgical skills courses are made available as an educational service to its members and other members of the podiatric profession. The ACFAS has not independently evaluated the content or techniques discussed or demonstrated by any faculty member. The ACFAS does not warrant or endorse any content or technique discussed or demonstrated by any faculty member. Statements about commercial products are solely the opinion(s) of the presenter(s) and do not represent a College endorsement or evaluation of these products. Additionally, any instrumentation shown/demonstrated during this program may or may not have received FDA approval.

Audio/video taping or recording or photographing of sessions is prohibited.

ACFAS routinely takes photos or video of participants in meetings and other course venues for news and other purposes. By registering for the course, you grant ACFAS permission to utilize photos of you have taken at the course for ACFAS purposes

In the United States, an income tax deduction may be allowed for education expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills. This includes registration, travel, meals and lodging, subject to applicable limitations (see Treas. Reg. 1.162-5: Coughlin v Commissioner, 203 F.2d 307 (2d Cir.1953)).

If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or if you have special dietary needs, notify ACFAS at the time you register. Kosher meals can only be provided if requested two (2) weeks prior to the start of the course. E-mail:

Cancellations requests must be in writing. ACFAS incurs significant expenses prior to the event, so to minimize losses it is necessary that we maintain the following refund and cancellation policy:

  • Notification in writing by mail or by fax (800.382.8270) or via email at
  • Requests received a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the start of the course: full refund will be provided for all cancellations, less a $100 administrative fee.
  • Less than 6 weeks: no refunds will be provided. Exceptions will be considered for extenuating circumstances only, such as medical issues or a death in the family.
  • An alternate attendee from the same organization may be substituted at any time prior to the conference start with no penalty. However, if the original attendee is an active member and alternate is not, the difference in member/non-member rate must be paid at the time of substitution. Once a registration is made, it is considered final.

ACFAS reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather, or other ‘acts of God’. Every attempt will be made to reschedule and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled event date. Any travel, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred cannot be refunded by ACFAS under any circumstance. You may wish to consider personal travel insurance for such expenses. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, ACFAS will determine an equitable basis for the refund of a portion, or all, of the registration fee.

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites
9480 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL

Hotel Room Rate 
Reservation cut-off date: November 15