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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 19 - April 2010

  • SICOT Events
    - Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • SICOT News
    - SICOT Administrative Meetings
    - Online Payment of Membership Dues
  • Worldwide News 
    - Mission Haiti
    - Which plate produces more callus following biological bridge fixation of distal femoral fractures?
    - How do young individuals with radial head excision fare in the long term?
    - Orthopaedic surgeon needed in Haiti

    - Orthopaedics in South Africa and Uganda

In Memoriam

  •   Prof Charles Sorbie 1931-2010

On 29 March 2010, with Janet by his side, Charles Sorbie was fatally injured in a skiing accident in British Columbia. Charlie was born in Hamilton, Scotland on 20 June 1931, the son of Charles Sorbie and Hannah Clark. He studied Medicine at Glasgow University, graduating in 1953. He trained in Surgery and obtained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He spent two years in Boston as a Harvard Fellow in Orthopaedic Surgery and in 1965 he moved to Canada with his family to be appointed Professor and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Here he established a Bioengineering Unit, now known as the Human Mobility Centre where he and his colleagues designed and developed the Sorbie Questor elbow prosthesis. Read more...

Editorial by Prof Katsuji Shimizu - SICOT National Delegate of Japan

  • Japan as the 2010 SICOT Friendship Nation

It is a great honour that Japan has been nominated as the 2010 SICOT Friendship Nation. The geographical distance between Sweden and Japan is not short but the two countries have a constitutional monarchy in common. The Japanese orthopaedic society has had a lot of influence from the Swedish orthopaedic society for a long time. On this occasion, the recent history of Swedish influence on orthopaedic surgery in Japan is being reviewed. 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

Make the most of the discounted conference registration fees and register before 17 May 2010!

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

Svenska deltagare anmodas vänligen att registrera sig på

  • Scientific Programme 
  • Programme at a glance: Now published on the SICOT website! If you are presenting, please check it regularly for any eventual changes.
  • Abstracts: 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. When registering, authors are kindly requested to insert their abstract numbers in the relevant field on the registration form.
  • Peer reviewers: Special thanks go to the members of the Scientific Board who kindly gave their time to review the abstracts submitted for the Conference. 
  • 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 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 Payment details will be sent by return.
  • 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. Registration for all events is open on the SICOT website. 

  • Sporting Events

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

If you wish to attend a sporting event, please submit your registration request via email to and you will receive the payment details by return. The number of places available for the golf and tennis tournaments is limited and registered participants will be accepted on a 'first come, first served' basis. Read more...  

  • Accommodation

Discover here the various hotels available around the Conference venue, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg.

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


  •  SICOT Administrative Meetings 2010

Venue: Gothia Towers (Mässans gata 24, Box 5184, 402 26 Gothenburg)
Sunday, 29 August 2010
The Executive Committee meeting is scheduled to take place from 08:00 to 16:00. The Board of Directors will meet with the Chairmen of Committees from 16:30 to 18:00.
Monday, 30 August 2010
The standing committees, subspecialty sections, and geographical sections will meet in five concurrent sessions from 08:00 to 12:25, and lunch will be provided from 12:30 to 13:30. The International Council will have its meeting from 13:30 to 18:00. The National Delegates' Banquet will be held at 19:30 at the City Hall (Börsen).
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
A second Executive Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday morning from 08:00 to 10:00, followed by another Board of Directors meeting with the Chairmen of Committees from 10:00 to 12:00.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
The SICOT General Assembly is open to all SICOT members and will take place from 17:45 to 18:45 in Room 1 of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. The minutes of the 2009 General Assembly, which took place on 30 October in Pattaya, Thailand, are available in the Members' Area of the SICOT website.
Please make a note of these dates and check the SICOT website (Members' Area) regularly for any additional information or possible changes.

  • Online Payment of Membership Dues

SICOT members are invited to pay their 2010 membership dues online. This can be done via the Members' Area of the SICOT website, which can be accessed by entering your username (member ID number or e-mail address) and password in the top left-hand corner of the website and pressing the "Login" button. Then click on "Pay your dues online" in the Members' Area.

If you do not have your password, please click on the "Forgot your password?" link above the menu on the left-hand side of the website. You will be redirected to another page, where you will need to fill in your e-mail address. A message containing a link will then be sent to the e-mail address you entered. Clicking on this link will open a new window, where you will be able to choose a new password.

If you have any questions or any problems accessing the Members' Area, please contact the SICOT Head Office at

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Direction of hip arthroplasty dislocation in patients with femoral neck fractures
Anders Enocson, Gunilla Lapidus, Hans Törnkvist, Jan Tidermark & Lasse J. Lapidus

In order to prevent hip arthroplasty dislocations, information regarding the direction of the dislocation is important for accurate implant positioning and for optimising the postoperative regimens in relation to the surgical approach used. The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of the surgical approach on the direction of the dislocation in patients treated by a hemiarthroplasty (HA) or a total hip arthroplasty (THA) after a femoral neck fracture. Read more... (accessible to SICOT members only)

  • Case of the Month  

A 19-year-old female with the diagnosis of multiple hereditary exostoses (MHE) is presented to our out-patient clinic with a two-month history of progressive left calf pain. This pain is cramp-like in nature, is aggravated by exercise and relieved by rest. She has no night pain and, apart from the diagnosis of MHE, has no other significant past medical history.

What specifically should you look for on physical examination? 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.

If you are a SICOT member, please log in to the SICOT website with your username and password. Information about password renewal is available on the SICOT website.

Once you have logged in, you can register for the course here.

Worldwide News

  • Mission Haiti

Memories and ghastly images of Gujrath earthquake on Indian Republic Day nine years ago (26 January 2001 at 08:46) flashed through my mind on seeing the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January 2010 (at 16:53) on the television. It took us more than four years to treat a small proportion of affected earthquake victims at various tertiary centres in Mumbai, where I trained as an orthopaedic resident (2001-2005). The 45- to 50-second natural disaster, the epicentre of which was 20 miles from the capital city, Port-au-Prince, killed more than 230,000 and is considered to be the 6th most deadly earthquake of all time. The enormous challenge to rebuild Haiti was beyond my imagination. Read more...

  • Which plate produces more callus following biological bridge fixation of distal femoral fractures?
    by N.S. Harshavardhana, SICOT Young Surgeons Committee Member

Lujan TJ et al (Injury: Mar 2010) studied osteosynthesis in distal femoral AO type3 fractures comparing titanium and stainless steel locking plates in 64 patients treated with indirect reduction and bridge plating. The authors measured periosteal callus formation on AP & lateral radiographs and reported deficient callus formation in up to 37% patients at 6 months post-op. The bridge spanning distance had no correlation with callus formation ≥12 weeks post-op. Flexible titanium plates produced more callus than stainless steel plates. The callus formation was also noted to be asymmetrical with deficiency observed in anterior/posterior cortices as compared to the medial cortex. 
Locked plating of distal femur fractures leads to inconsistent and asymmetric callus formation. 
Lujan TJ, Henderson CE, Madey SM, Fitzpatrick DC, Marsh JL, Bottlang M.
J Orthop Trauma. 2010 Mar;24(3):156-62.PMID: 20182251.

  • How do young individuals with radial head excision fare in the long term?
    by N.S. Harshavardhana, SICOT Young Surgeons Committee Member

Antuna SA et al (JBJS[Am] Mar 2010) reported long-term results of radial head excision in young individuals aged <40 years without elbow instability. The minimum f/u was 15 years (mean 25 years). In their cohort of 26 patients, though the mean carrying angle was 10 degrees more than contra-lateral arm, 22 patients had normal function (DASH & mayo elbow score) and 21 were pain-free. All but one had functional arc of motion (10-140 degree flexion and >80 degree prono-supination). Radial head excision is an alternative option where facilities for performing radial head replacement may not be available even in young individuals with good to excellent outcomes.
Long-term results of radial head resection following isolated radial head fractures in patients younger than forty years old.
Antuña SA, Sánchez-Márquez JM, Barco R.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Mar;92(3):558-66.PMID: 20194313.

  • Orthopaedic surgeon needed in Haiti

MSF-Belgium is looking for an orthopaedic surgeon to work in Haiti for a three-week period, preferably in the month of May. This offer is currently only advertised to SICOT members. Please log in to the Members' Area of the SICOT website for more details including a job description and how to apply.  

  • Orthopaedics in South Africa and Uganda

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is currently advertising an opportunity in South Africa and in Kampala, Uganda, where orthopaedic surgeons are needed for one-month assignments in the summer and fall 2010. For more information contact the program department.

Industry News

  • Beznoska

Total Cementless Hip Joint Replacement 
Type SF

Reduction of abrasive wear and osteolysis limitation

Easy insertion of the liner into the covering in its whole circumference

Can be used also in MIS surgeries

Possibility of rotation-proof fixation


Total Knee Joint

Type CMS




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272 01 KLADNO
Czech Republic 

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