Program Chair: GONZALO SAMITIER
Description: Instituto Cugat is an arthroscopy and sports medicine-focused orthopedic private practice group that treats all types of sports injuries and conditions. Although we have a diverse patient base due to the reputation of Dr. Cugat and other top surgeons of his medical team, a significant number is comprised of recreational and professional athletes who turn to Instituto Cugat for advice and treatment. To further validate this claim, Dr. Cugat and his medical team currently manage the well-being of athletes within the Catalan Soccer Federation Health Services handling thousands of soccer-related injuries each year.
Our fellows will have the opportunity to attend surgeries regularly scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesday is the assigned surgery day for direct private patients while Friday is reserved for surgeries to be performed on athletes from the Catalan Soccer Federation. Wednesday and Thursday may also be operating days depending on the faculty you are rotating with.
On average our group performs 40-50 surgeries per week, mainly arthroscopy and sports- related injuries. You will be exposed to a variety of different cases involving knee / shoulder / hip / elbow / ankle / tendon-muscle, and other injuries or illnesses resulting from athletic activities.
Typical cases our medical group handles are:
KNEE: ACL, meniscal repair, PCL and PLC, meniscal transplant, osteotomies, cartilage treatments.
SHOULDER: Bankart repair (primary and revision), remplissage, arthroscopic (and open) latarjet, biceps tenodesis, rotator cuff repair, superior capsule reconstruction, tendon transfers for irreparable cuff tears, shoulder replacement (hemi, anatomic, reverse), and treatment of acute fractures or fracture sequelae.
ELBOW: Arthroscopic osteocapsular arthroplasty, arthroscopic elbow procedures (plica excision, ECRB release, loose body removal, chondral injuries, capsular shift, ligament repair), open ligament repair, ligament reconstruction, treatment of acute fractures or fracture sequelae, and elbow or radial head arthroplasty.
HIP: FAI, Peripheral compartment, gluteus medius repair.
FOOT/ANKLE: Arthroscopic procedures of the ankle (loose body removal, treatment of chondral injuries, arthrolysis), ligament repair or reconstruction, osteotomies.
MUSCLE/TENDON: Acute and chronic hamstrings and rectus femoris repair.
We are also leaders in the field of Orthobiologics that complement many of our conservative or surgical treatments. We have well trained Sports Medicine doctors in our team, leaders in Ultrasonography, in case you find yourself interested.
Number of fellows per year: 4
Training Session Length: 12 months