Editorial by Ayman Osman & Ahmed Said
"Is there a doctor on Board?" In-flight medical emergencies: what to do if put on the spot!
The incidence of in-flight medical emergencies is around 1 per 600 flights. Access to medical care is limited and despite first aid training of the cabin crew, it is not uncommon that healthcare professionals on board are asked to volunteer for assistance. So if you are a frequent flyer attending and lecturing at conferences or enjoying several holidays per year, you may encounter an in-flight medical emergency where you are asked to help out. Read more...
Call for Abstracts
Online abstract submission is open here.
Deadline: 15 February 2016
Dear colleagues, dear valued guests and friends,
I am pleased to invite you to participate in the SICOT International Orthopaedics 2016, which will take place at the conference centre of the Marienberg fortress in Würzburg (Germany) from 30 June to 2 July 2016.
"Specialized Knee Surgery" is the major focal point of the conference. Please click here to view all the included main topics. Related to these topics you can actively support the conference by submitting your abstracts until 31 December 2015.
Please click here to view the flyer "Call for Abstracts" and here to submit your abstract(s) online.
The parallel programme of the 23rd SICOT Trainees' Meeting will last from 30 June to 1 July 2016. You can send in your abstract(s) until 28 February 2016. Further information can be found on the websitewww.sicot2016.de.
Up-to-date and any necessary information can be found on our conference website: www.sicot2016.de.
If you have any questions please contact the organizing agency Conventus via phone +49 3641 31 16 305 or email [email protected].
SICOT APROC 2015 in Mumbai, India
by Vaibhav Bagaria
The 1st Asia Pacific Regional Orthopedic Course (APROC) was held at the convention centre of the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, between 29 and 30 August 2015. This was held under the aegis of SICOT India and was well attended with 199 delegates and 37 faculty members. The international faculty comprised of surgeons from the Asia Pacific region including Dr Rob Wallace from Adelaide, Australia, Dr Kandiah Raveendran from Malaysia, Dr Hitendra Doshi from Singapore, Dr Ram Kewal Shah from Nepal, and the national faculties and delegates were from all parts of India. Read more...
Can a SICOT Young Surgeons Committee member change a health service in a country?
by Bassel El-Osta
Many junior doctors around the world would probably think that only when one has the Certificate of Completion of Training can one change another person's ways of practicing medicine. A lot of junior doctors would maybe think that one should become a professor for someone to listen to them. Indeed, many young surgeons think that one has to keep quiet and listen, so their senior will teach them. But, I think there is always an exception to the norm! Read more...
SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL
Article of the Month - SICOT-J
Hip arthroscopy and osteoarthritis: Where are the limits and indications?
Claudio Mella, Ignacio E. Villalón, Álvaro Núñez, Daniel Paccot and Claudio Díaz-Ledezma
The use of hip arthroscopy, as a surgical technique, has increased significantly over the past ten years. The procedure has shown good and excellent results in symptom relief and function improvement for patients with femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) and concurrent chondro-labral lesions. It is also a reliable method to correct the characteristic pathomorphologic alteration of FAI. Read more...
Management of dorsally displaced distal radius fractures: have we reached a consensus yet?
by Mohamed Sukeik
Distal radius fractures are common. However, controversies remain in defining stable vs. unstable fractures, indications for nonoperative vs. operative treatment and the ideal fixation method when an operation is deemed necessary. The majority of distal radius fractures can be treated with closed reduction and plaster immobilization which results in satisfactory outcomes in most cases. However, multiple studies suggested that age, shortening, dorsal comminution, loss of radial inclination and AO type 3 fractures (A3, B3, C3) are associated with an increased risk of displacement. In fact, a recent meta-analysis of 27 studies showed that dorsal comminution, female gender and age >60 years were particularly linked to unstable patterns. Such unstable fractures are often treated with either K-wires or a locking plate. Read more...
Training Around the World
Orthopaedic Training in Australia
by Kenneth de Jong
Australian basic medical training is varied. Traditionally following the UK model, basic medical training included a five or six-year undergraduate degree with direct entry from high school for an MBBS degree attainment. While this model continues in some medical schools, it is being increasingly replaced by a three to four-year postgraduate degree with an MD title awarded, similar to the United States, following a basic science degree. Read more...
Report of the B. Braun Aesculap/SICOT Orthopaedic Scholarship (in Short Stem Total Hip Arthroplasty) at Annastift Hospital in Hannover, Germany
by Sandeep Kashyap
I am really privileged and honoured to have been awarded the 2015 B. Braun Aesculap/SICOT Orthopaedic Scholarship (in Short Stem Total Hip Arthroplasty) at Annastift Hospital in Hannover, Germany, from 22 June to 3 July 2015. Hannover is a beautiful, clean, and green town and is the capital of the Lower Saxony region of Germany with abundant forest cover in and around the city. The wonderful cities of Hamburg and Berlin are also in its vicinity. Read more...
prepared by Shalin Maheshwari & Mohamed Sukeik
The humeral head is normally:
Retroverted 30 degrees to the transepicondylar axis of the distal humerus and its articular surface is inclined 150 degrees superiorly relative to the shaft
Retroverted 30 degrees to the transepicondylar axis of the distal humerus and its articular surface is inclined 130 degrees superiorly relative to the shaft
Anteverted 30 degrees to the transepicondylar axis of the distal humerus and its articular surface is inclined 150 degrees superiorly relative to the shaft
Retroverted 45 degrees to the transepicondylar axis of the distal humerus and its articular surface is inclined 130 degrees superiorly relative to the shaft
Anteverted 30 degrees to the transepicondylar axis of the distal humerus and its articular surface is inclined 130 degrees superiorly relative to the shaft
Update in Orthopaedics
Lower reoperation rate for cemented femoral stem than for uncemented femoral stem in primary total hip arthroplasty following a displaced femoral neck fracture
comment by Ahmed H. Abdelazeem
Using cemented or cementless stem is a debatable issue. The pros and the cons of each make the choice difficult. In this study from Denmark, Andersen and his colleagues discussed their expertise in exploring both types by using single type cementless and uncemented stems when doing THR with dual mobility cups. Read more...
Women in Orthopaedics
Interview with Susan Liew
by Ratna Johari
For our "Women in Orthopaedics" section in this e-Newsletter, I have the honour of profiling the coolest lady in the vocation of mending bones, Dr Susan Liew. Dr Liew has been in clinical practice as an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in spine surgery since 1997 in Melbourne, Australia. She is a VMO at The Royal Children's Hospital as a member of the Scoliosis/Spinal Deformity Service. She has also been the Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Alfred since August 2007 and, prior to that, Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at Austin Health from 2003-2007, both of which are known to be extremely busy and demanding centres. Read more...
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