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SICOT e-Newsletter
Celebrating its successful first year
and SICOT's 80th Anniversary!

 Issue No. 13 - October 2009

  • SICOT Events
    - Sixth SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference - Pattaya, Thailand
    - Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • SICOT News
    - SICOT's 80th Anniversary
    - SICOT General Assembly
    - SICOT Administrative Meetings - General Timetable
    - SICOT booth at the SOFCOT Congress
    - New SICOT Membership Application Form
  • Worldwide News 
    - Is on-call Orthopaedic Surgery associated with more complications?
    - Trauma mortality and the effect of surgeon experience

Editorial by Prof Wichien Laohacharoensombat
Conference President - Pattaya AIC 2009

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to inform you that everyone in the Pattaya Conference Organising Committee is working hard to make the Conference both intellectually fruitful and thoroughly enjoyable. There will be over 800 scientific presentations that have originated from all corners of the world. They include presentations from 75 distinguished guest speakers. The plenary lectures will be given by Dr Suthorn Bavonratanavech, Prof Shoichi Kokubun, Dr Martin Krismer, Dr José Morcuende and Dr George Thompson. The scientific sessions will enable us to interact and exchange ideas on every aspect of orthopaedic surgery. Read more...

SICOT Events

Sixth SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference
combined meeting with the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand
29 October-1 November 2009 - Pattaya, Thailand

  • Scientific Programme

Abstracts: The abstracts of the oral presentations and posters are published on the SICOT website.

Oral Presentation Guidelines: Detailed information about the equipment available in the session rooms and the facilities in the Speaker Preview Room can be found here.

Updated! Poster Guidelines: The guidelines for posters have been updated. Please read them carefully if you are presenting a poster at the Conference. Read more...

  • NEW! European CME credits (ECMEC)

The Sixth SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference has been granted 24 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Read more...

  • Registration

Online conference registration is now closed, but please don't worry, it is still possible to register on site from Wednesday, 28 October to Sunday, 1 November.

  • Sports Activities

Combined SICOT/RCOST Charity Run: Keep fit and have some fun while running for a good cause! Take part in the 5-km charity run and help young surgeons attend the next SICOT meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden. SICOT warmly thanks Merck & Co., Inc. for supporting this event. Read more...

Golf Tournament: Information about the Golf Tournament to be held on Wednesday, 28 October in Pattaya can be found here.

  • Exhibition

The Exhibition will be open on Friday, 30 and Saturday, 31 October from 08:00 to 17:30, and on Sunday, 1 November from 08:00 to 14:30. It will be located on Level 3 of the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH).

SICOT invites you to visit its booth (44G) to find out more about the Society and how to join.  

Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference
combined meeting with the Swedish Orthopaedic Association (SOF)
31 August-3 September 2010 - Gothenburg, Sweden

Updated information about Gothenburg AIC 2010 is available on the SICOT website!

  • Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is now open. Please submit your abstracts in English via the SICOT website before 15 January 2010.

Topics: Arthroplasty, Biomaterials, Cartilage Repair, Evidence Based Orthopaedics, General Orthopaedics, Infection, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Navigation, Osteoporosis, Paediatrics, Smoking & Orthopaedics, Spine, Sports Medicine, Trauma, Tumours.

  • Registration

Conference registration is open!

All participants residing outside Sweden are kindly requested to register on the SICOT website.

Svenska deltagare anmodas vänligen att registrera sig på:

Please visit the SICOT website regularly for updated information
about these two Conferences.


  • SICOT's 80th Anniversary

SICOT was founded on 10 October 1929 in Paris, France. To commemorate its 80th anniversary, Prof Charles Sorbie, President of SICOT from 1996 to 1999, will highlight the historical events and successes of the Society during the Presidents' Dinner on Saturday, 31 October at the world-class Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (Hall A) in Pattaya, Thailand. The celebratory event promises to be an entertaining, memorable and unforgettable evening for everyone. Don't miss it! More information about the Dinner can be found on the SICOT website.

The occasion will also be marked with a special editorial written by Prof Charles Sorbie and published in the October 2009 issue of the official journal of SICOT, "International Orthopaedics" (Volume 33, Number 5). The journal is available to all SICOT members and publishes the scientific work of researchers from more than 40 countries. To discover what else SICOT has to offer, please visit the SICOT booth (44G) in the Exhibition hall of the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (Level 3).

  • SICOT General Assembly

All SICOT members are invited to attend the SICOT General Assembly which will take place on Friday, 30 October 2009 from 17:30 to 18:30 in Pattaya 11 at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting agenda includes:

    • Opening remarks and approval of the minutes of the 26 August 2008 General Assembly
    • Report of the President
    • Report of the Secretary General
    • Report of the Treasurer
    • Any other business

The minutes of the General Assembly held on 26 August 2008 in Hong Kong can be downloaded via the Members' Area of the SICOT website.

  • SICOT Administrative Meetings - General Timetable

The general timetable for the Administrative Meetings on Tuesday, 27 October 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, is available in the Members' Area of the SICOT website.

The username and password needed to access the Members' Area can be requested from the SICOT Head Office at

  • SICOT booth at the SOFCOT Congress

SICOT will be present at the 84th SOFCOT Congress in Paris, France, from 9 to 13 November 2009. We invite you to visit us at booth A5 to find out more about the Society and what it has to offer.

  • New SICOT Membership Application Form

Check out the new and improved SICOT Membership Application Form. Joining the International Orthopaedic Community has never been so simple! For more information about membership application, please send an e-mail to

Training & Education

  • 2009 International Travelling Fellowship Report

Click here to read the report of Dr Ghulam Shabbir, who was offered the SICOT International Travelling Fellowship for 2009 and spent three months at the "Alessandro Manzoni" Hospital in Lecco, Italy, working under the tutorship of Prof Maurizio A. Catagni.

More information about the SICOT Travelling Fellowships is available here.

  • Case of the Month

In a 50-year-old patient, a cementless total hip replacement with metal bearings was performed on the right hip, with a lengthening of the leg of 2 centimetres. One year earlier, the patient had suffered a medial neck fracture, and after osteosynthesis, pseudoarthrosis could be observed.

About 9.5 years after the operation, the patient complained of increased pain in the right hip radiating into the right leg. The X-rays showed major osteolysis in the intertrochanteric area of the right femur. Read more...

Worldwide News

  • Is on-call Orthopaedic Surgery associated with more complications?

A recent study in the JBJS Am, compared femoral and tibial nailing in the day list to the on-call night surgery. The rates of nonunion, infection and radiation exposure were similar in both groups, however, the on-call night surgery was associated with an increased frequency of painful hardware removal later on, possibly due to non-ideal conditions and shorter operative times. Read more...

  • Trauma mortality and the effect of surgeon experience

A study published in the Archives of Surgery reviewed the mortality rates, in a Level 1 Trauma centre, of patients treated by experienced trauma surgeons in comparison to novice surgeons. There was no difference in the mortality rates, which suggests that the overall system of care is more important than individual experience. Read more...

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Editorial Department

Editorial Secretary: Prof Dr Syed Awais
Assistant Editorial Secretary: Dr Hatem Said
External Affairs: Linda Ridefjord
Special thanks to Prof Charles Sorbie

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