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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 18 - March 2010

  • SICOT Events
    - Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • SICOT News
    - SICOT German Travelling Fellowship Winner
  • Worldwide News 
    - United Nations declares Decade of Action on Road Traffic Safety
    - Pain Management in Children: Ibuprofen equal to Acetaminophen & Codeine
    - Vertebroplasty is a safe and effective treatment for vertebral compression fractures, a multicenter study
    - Orthopaedics in Mongolia

Editorial by Prof Syed Awais - Editorial Secretary

  • SICOT initiatives to improve the quality of orthopaedic care in developing countries

The quality of healthcare services varies widely among the countries of the world. The widest gap of care, however, is that between the developed and the developing countries. In the 21st century, the quality of and access to health care is not just a regional or national problem, it is an international one. Rich and poor, urban and rural populations in every country have a right of access to uniformly high-quality health care. The national health care system of most countries is based on two pillars: the physical infrastructure of health care delivery systems, and the health care providers. Although both are equally important, the health care providers have the greater effect in shaping the future of health care services. Read more...

SICOT Events

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

Please visit the SICOT website regularly for updated information about Gothenburg AIC 2010.

  • Registration

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

Svenska deltagare anmodas vänligen att registrera sig på

  • Scientific Programme 
  • Abstracts: Submitted abstracts have now been reviewed and the notifications of acceptance have been sent by e-mail to the first authors. Please note that if the presenting author has not registered and paid the conference registration fee by 26 July 2010, the abstract will be withdrawn. The Conference Secretariat will not check if co-authors have registered. Therefore, please notify the Secretariat ( of any changes to the presenting author as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Instructional Courses: Instructional courses for doctors will be given in English. All courses will be held in parallel on Tuesday, 31 August from 09:00 to 12:00. The deadline for course registration is 25 July 2010 and the fee per course is EUR 50. The number of places available for each course is limited and registered participants will be accepted on a 'first come, first served' basis. If you wish to attend a course, please submit your registration request via email to and you will then receive the payment details.
  • SICOT Awards

The Lester Lowe SICOT Awards are granted to young surgeons to help them attend the Conference. Free conference registration is granted to award winners who must attend the Closing Ceremony on Friday, 3 September to receive their prize. Application deadline is 1 April 2010! Read more...

  • SICOT Diploma Examination

The eighth SICOT Diploma Examination will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Tuesday, 31 August. It will consist of a written part and an oral part. Online registration is now open on the SICOT website and the number of places available is limited to 24. Read more...

  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please contact Lina Salvati or Arnold Persson:

Lina Salvati
Linsa Inc. (Canada)

Tel.: +1 514 924 3476
Skype: ripley9423
Arnold Persson
Traveko (Sweden)

Tel.: +46 70 577 35 79

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to promote your products and services to leading international orthopaedic surgeons, traumatologists and specialists in related fields.

The Exhibition & Sponsorship Prospectus is available to download here.

  • Social Programme

Click here to find out more about the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception, Presidents' Dinner, and Fun Night to be held during the Conference. These events are not included in the conference registration fee. Please visit the SICOT website regularly for updated information about how to register for the social events.

  • Sporting Events

Golf and tennis tournaments and a charity run are being organised before and during the Conference period.

For more information about these events, please visit the SICOT website or contact Jan Lidström at (golf and tennis) or Per Flakberg at (charity run). 

  • Accommodation

Discover here the various hotels available around the Conference venue, Göteborg Convention Centre.

For any queries regarding accommodation, please contact Congrex Sweden AB:
Fax: +46 31 708 60 25


  • SICOT German Travelling Fellowship Winner

Congratulations to Dr Hamed Abdelmoula Alhawary from Egypt who has been selected for the 2010 SICOT German Travelling Fellowship. Dr Alhawary will be spending three months at the Orthopaedics Department of the University of Würzburg in Germany, working under the tutorship of Prof Dr Maximilian Rudert.

For more information about the SICOT Travelling Fellowships, please visit the SICOT website.

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Potency of double-layered Poly L-lactic acid scaffold in tissue engineering of tendon tissue
Atsuyuki Inui, Takeshi Kokubu, Takeshi Makino, Issei Nagura, Narikazu Toyokawa, Ryosuke Sakata, Masaru Kotera, Takashi Nishino, Hiroyuki Fujioka & Masahiro Kurosaka

A successful scaffold for use in tendon tissue engineering requires a high affinity for living organisms and the ability to maintain its mechanical strength until maturation of the regenerated tissue. We compared two types of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) scaffolds for use in tendon regeneration, a plain-woven PLLA fabric (fabric P) with a smooth surface only and a double layered PLLA fabric (fabric D) with a smooth surface on one side and a rough (pile-finished) surface on the other side. Read more... (accessible to SICOT members only)

  • Case of the Month  

A 35-year-old young man was involved in a motorcycle accident 2 weeks ago, where he suffered a massive heamato-pneumothorax.

After improvement of his chest injury 2 weeks after trauma, he is presented to the orthopaedic department for management of his sacral injury (Fig. 1). He reports paraesthesia of both feet.

Fig. 1: At time of presentation the a.p. X-ray shows sacral fracture on the left and right side.

In view of this information, what might be a good diagnostic possibility at this time?

    • X-ray outlet view
    • pelvic CT scan
    • 3-dimensional reconstruction CT scan
    • MRI

Read more... (accessible to SICOT members only)

  • Femoral Neck Fractures Training

A new SICOT online course on Femoral Neck Fractures is now available at for SICOT members. To register, please click here.

SICOT members: Please log in to the SICOT website with your username and password to access this course. Information about password renewal is available here.

Worldwide News

  • United Nations declares Decade of Action on Road Traffic Safety

The Bone and Joint Decade, working together for the last 10 years with several international organisations, have collectively succeeded in putting Road Traffic Safety at the top of the global health priority list for the coming decade. Read more...

  • Pain Management in Children: Ibuprofen equal to Acetaminophen & Codeine
    by Dr Ali Masoud

Pain control is a crucial part of fracture management, yet, many children receive inadequate analgesia in the acute patient care setting. This was validated by a study of 1,210 children which has shown that few to none of them received analgesia for even routine procedures, such as venipuncture or nasogastric tube placement. However, as the practice of pain management for children in the acute setting is changing, pain should be assessed as the "fifth vital sign" during triage, and validated scales can be used to assess a child's degree of pain. A study by Friday JH et al compared 2 common analgesics that are often given to children with acute injuries of the extremities, and demonstrated that ibuprofen was similar to acetaminophen with codeine on all major study outcomes. Acad Emerg Med. 2009;16:711-716. 

  • Vertebroplasty is a safe and effective treatment for vertebral compression fractures, a multicenter study
    by Dr Ali Masoud

"In our large series of patients, vertebroplasty proved to be a safe and effective treatment, resulting in same day, dramatic improvement in pain," said Stefano Marcia, M.D., interventional radiologist at San Giovanni di Dio Hospital in Cagliari, Italy. Dr Marcia and his colleagues retrospectively evaluated the clinical outcomes of vertebroplasty in 4,547 patients with a total of 13,437 fractures treated in six different EVEREST centres.

The patients were affected by severe painful osteoporosis, painful vertebral tumours (metastases or myeloma) with high risk of fracture and symptomatic vertebral angioma. Inclusion criteria were VCF with bone edema on MRI, local back pain with single-point pressure on examination, and poor or no response to medical therapy.

Through a one-year follow-up, pain relief was evaluated using an 11-point visual analog scale (VAS) physical examination and X-ray at 48 hours and one month, and physical examination at three months and one year.

Within 48 hours, (88.06 percent) experienced clinically and statistically significant pain relief. The pain remained improved at each follow-up evaluation up to 12 months. No major neurologic complications were encountered. Venous leakage was the most frequent mild one (20.5 percent). This study is an important clue for validating the vertebroplasty as a safe and effective treatment with a low complication rate. Read more...

  • Orthopaedics in Mongolia

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is currently advertising an opportunity for orthopaedists in Mongolia. Orthopaedic surgeons are needed for 2 to 4 weeks to train faculty and residents in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Specialty areas include pelvic and acetabular trauma, knee arthroscopy, pediatric orthopaedics, hand surgery, and other sub-specialty areas. Contact the program department for more information.

Industry News

  • KCI


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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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