The Hot Topic Debate is a new concept which opposes two experts designated by the supporting company and two experts from the appropriate ESSKA Section, and is animated by a referee. A quick fire and light-hearted debate covers pros and cons on a specific topic. The audience is invited to vote at the end of the discussion on who had the most convincing arguments!


• Brand new concept!
• Quick fire, light hearted debate
between the supporting Partner
company and two ESSKA Section
• Pros and cons presented by both
sides in a lively way

The skilled referee will take the heat
and keep the sparks flying!

• But…. YOU, the audience will have
the power to decide who has the
best argument
• And the winner is….??? Come to the
Hot Topic Debate to decide and to
find out!

Hot Topic Debates Schedule – 8 November, Friday

  • 10:15-10:35 – Smith & Nephew (ESA)
  • 12:30-12:50 – Zimmer Biomet (ESMA)
  • 13:00-13:20 – Arthrex (AFAS)
  • 13:30-13:50 – Stryker (ESA)
  • 16:00 – 16:20 – DePuy Synthes (EKA)



ESA – Smith & Nephew (10:15 – 10:35)

Topic: Rotator cuff repair: pro and cons of biological augmentation


Debate chair: Andreas Imhoff (Germany)


  • Roger Hackney (UK)
  • Ettore Taverna (Italy)
  • Emilio Calvo (Spain)
  • Giuseppe Milano (Italy)



ESMA – Zimmer-Biomet (12:30-12:50)

Topic: Suture the meniscus? Yes or no?


Debate chair: Henrique Jones (Portugal)


  • Jacques Menetrey (Switzerland)
  • Werner Krutsch (Germany)
  • Helder Pereira (Portugal)
  • Emmanouil Brilakis (Greece)



AFAS – Arthrex (13:00 – 13:20)

Topic: Use of Internal Brace


Debate chair: Niek van Dijk (the Netherlands)


  • Alastair Younger (Canada)
  • Mike Butler (UK)
  • James Calder (UK)
  • Bill Ribbans (UK)



ESA – Stryker (13:30-13:50)

Topic: Subacromial spacer in the treatment of massive and irreparable rotator cuff tears: Scientific fact or fiction?


Debate chair: Roman Brzoska (Poland)


  • Ladislav Kovacic (Slovenia)
  • Manos Antonogiannakis (Greece)
  • Angel Calvo (Spain)
  • Ettore Taverna (Switzerland / Italy)



EKA – DePuy Synthes (16:00 – 16:20)

Topic: Attune TKR – Mechanical Alignment vs Anatomical Alignment


Debate chair: Nanne Kort (the Netherlands)


  • Michael Hirschmann (Switzerland)
  • Enrique Gómez-Barrena (Spain)

Thank you to our ESSKA Speciality Days 2019 Partners

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule and experts for Hot Topic Debates are subject to change.