To Spain We Go

Tour recap provided by Lutul D. Farrow, MD, Cleveland Clinic Sports Health

Just like that - we arrive in Barcelona for the fourth stop on the AOSSM-ESSKA European tour. On Thursday evening we were greeted at the airport by our host, Dr. Joan Carles Monilau. After a quick bite to eat we settled into our hotel for the night, eager to see what lay ahead in Barcelona.

Friday morning we sat in an academic session and heard amazing talks on both shoulder and knee surgery. The discussion was great.

After a three-course lunch we headed to the hospital to observe surgery with Dr. Monilau and his partners. We were a little concerned about STARTING four big knee surgeries (including a combined distal femoral osteotomy and lateral meniscus transplant) at 3:30 PM. Schedules are definitely different in “Catalonia,” and the “Americans” had a hard time keeping up. After a brief siesta between cases we were ready to finish strong.

Our hosts worked hard but the reward was absolutely AMAZING Barcelona cuisine. We left the operating theaters at 9:30 PM and were just in time for dinner.

On Saturday, our hosts arranged a cadaver lab where we were able to test out some tricks for PCL reconstruction. Our hosts also demonstrated their technique for iliotibial band tenodesis in ACL reconstruction.

We visited La Sagrada Familia in the afternoon on Saturday. The views were amazing.

On Sunday, we headed to the Monastery at Montserrat and had a special behind the scenes tour from one of the monks. What an amazing experience to see this historic place.

We also went on a hike through the mountains with our hosts.

The culinary experience was unparalleled. Whether seaside on the Mediterranean, at a Michelin-rated restaurant or at unassuming street café, every meal was outstanding.

On Monday morning, we departed for Berlin, realizing we are already at our half way point in the tour! We are thankful to our outstanding hosts in Barcelona. 
Lutul D. Farrow, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute

AOSSM gratefully acknowledges DJO Global for their support of the Traveling Fellowship program.

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