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1 6 8 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | M A Y 2 0 1 5 Here's What Happened in Vegas 40,000 orthopedic surgeons descended on Sin City. I just returned from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons convention in Las Vegas, 1 of 40,000 orthopedic surgeons turned loose in Sin City for, ahem, education. Las Vegas may be the top trade show destination in the country, but let's just say that it's not in my top 10 picks for venues. Some of the issues: • Hotels. Each hotel-casino is neatly positioned near the convention cen- ter. No surprise. You have to venture past the slot machines and blackjack tables to gain access to the hotel elevators. I didn't savor starting my morning walk to the convention as I passed countless sleep-deprived, hardcore gamblers, still positioned at the craps tables in hopes of hitting it big. It was easy to spot the biggest losers: They were the ones snorting antacids! There was more smoke in my hotel lobby than the recreation room at San Quentin prison. To make matters worse, they spray the casino air with some chemical cocktail akin to rosy napalm that results in a pungent smoke/floral bouquet hybrid odor that is not kind to the sens- es. The fitness center is located on the first floor, adjacent to the lobby. I endeavored to work out one morning, but after 10 minutes on the treadmill I suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. I had a headache that required industrial-strength Tylenol. The only people benefitting from the fitness center were the medics. C U T T I N G R E M A R K S John D. Kelly IV, MD Las Vegas may be the top trade show destination in the country, but Dr. Kelly wishes the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons convention were someplace else.

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