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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 22 - July 2010

  • SICOT Events
    - Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • SICOT News
    - New SICOT Membership Application Form Online!
    SICOT Administrative Meetings 2010
    - SICOT General Assembly
    - Online Payment of Membership Dues
  • Worldwide News 
    - Modified Impingement Test as a Pain Predictor after Rotator Cuff Repair
    - Glucosamine equal to placebo for LBP and Degenerative Lumbar OA
    - World Orthopaedic Concern Newsletters
    - Orthopaedic surgeon needed in Haiti
    - Orthopaedics in South Africa, Uganda, and Malawi

Editorial by Carl Ekholm - Instructional Courses Coordinator

  • Welcome to our Instructional Courses

These courses are held on Tuesday morning (09:00-12:00, 31 August) and cover a wide spectrum of orthopaedic problems. All courses will offer lectures on the state of art within the respective topics by Swedish and international speakers. Ample opportunities for questions and discussions will be given. The course format may vary – in some courses you will be offered practical sawbone exercises, in others applied surgery will be demonstrated either on video or with live surgery via satellite link. 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

Online registration is now closed. Please register on site.

  • Scientific Programme 
  • Tentative Scientific Programme: Now available online! We invite you to check it and inform the Conference Secretariat ( of any changes before Wednesday, 4 August.
  • Programme at a glance: If you are presenting a paper, please check the programme regularly for any eventual changes. 
  • Plenary Speakers: We are pleased to announce that Mohit Bhandari, Stevin Garfin, Tommy Hansson, Shinichi Kikuchi, and Ian Learmonth will be delivering plenary lectures during the Conference. 
  • Presidential Speaker: Cody Bünger, SICOT President, will be delivering a lecture on "Global Challenges in Orthopaedics" on Wednesday, 1 September at 15:30-16:00 in the Congress Hall of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.
  • Symposia: A list of all symposia at the Conference is available on the SICOT website. 
  • Instructional Courses: Last days to register! Instructional courses for doctors will be given in English. All courses will be held in parallel from 09:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, 31 August. If you wish to attend a course, please submit your registration request via email to Payment details will be sent to you by return. The fee per course is EUR 50.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The presenting author must have registered and paid in full to have his/her abstract included in the Final Programme. The Conference Secretariat will not check if co-authors have registered and paid. Please notify the Conference Secretariat of any changes to the presenting author before Wednesday, 4 August to avoid disappointment.

  • Social Programme

The Presidents' Dinner will include top-class entertainment by the world's number one ABBA tribute band, Waterloo, followed by dancing. Take a chance on ABBA, The Music! This event promises to be an unforgettable evening for everyone. Don't miss it! 

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 can be done on site. 

  • 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

  • General Information

Click here to read general information about the beautiful city of Gothenburg.


  • New SICOT Membership Application Form Online!

Joining SICOT has never been so simple! Apply for membership now by simply filling in the new and more user-friendly online SICOT Membership Application Form and pressing the "Validate" button.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact the SICOT Head Office at

  • SICOT Administrative Meetings 2010

This year the SICOT Administrative Meetings will take place at the Gothia Towers Hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden, from Sunday, 29 August to Tuesday, 31 August 2010. Please make a note of these dates and check the schedule on the SICOT website (Members' Area) regularly for any additional information or possible changes.

  • SICOT General Assembly

The SICOT General Assembly is open to all SICOT members and will take place on Wednesday, 1 September, from 17:45 to 18:45, at 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. 

  • Online Payment of Membership Dues - REMINDER

SICOT members are invited to pay their 2010 membership dues online. We remind members that according to the SICOT Bylaws, "Payment shall be made normally by March 31st of any given year".

Payment can be made 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

Operative treatment of distal radial fractures with locking plate system - a prospective study
Kenny Kwan, Tak Wing Lau & Frankie Leung

The aim of this study was to determine the results of operative treatment of distal radial fractures with a 2.4-mm locking plate system in a single tertiary teaching hospital. Read more...

  • Cases of the Month 

The SICOT Editorial Department invites the SICOT members to participate in its call for cases by submitting their cases to The cases will be reviewed and possibly adapted to fit the "Case of the Month" layout. The reviewers reserve the right to refuse any case. To see the content and layout of previous cases, please log in to the SICOT website and go to the "Cases of the Month" page which can be found in the SIGNEL sub-menu.

  • Femoral Neck Fractures Training

A SICOT online course on Femoral Neck Fractures is available at for SICOT members.

If you are a SICOT member, please log in to the SICOT website with your username (member ID number/e-mail address) 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

  • Modified Impingement Test as a Pain Predictor after Rotator Cuff Repair

A recent study published in AJSM, has shown that injection of 8ml of 1% Lidocaine preoperatively in rotator cuff tears (RCT) has a good prognosis on the amount of pain relief on the VAS 1 year after the operation. Researchers performed the study on 159 patients and found that the improvement in the VAS and change in ASES was significantly related to modified impingement test. This can be a valuable tool in outpatient clinics where patients ask about improvement and outcome of the operation.
Am J Sports Med. 2010 Jul;38(7):1383-8. Epub 2010 Jun 3

  • Glucosamine equal to placebo for LBP and Degenerative Lumbar OA

Researchers in Norway performed a prospective randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial on 250 patients with low back pain (LBP) and degenerative Lumbar OA. The patients received glucosamine 1500mg daily or placebo for 6 months. Patients were followed up for 1 year and the results showed both groups had no significant difference for LBP at rest, activity or quality of life EQ-5D score.
JAMA. 2010;304(1):45-52

  • World Orthopaedic Concern Newsletters

The World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC) is dedicated to improving the standard of orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery in all developing countries - in the tropics, subtropics, and anywhere where there is a need. WOC regularly circulates an interesting and informative Newsletter worldwide, providing news of orthopaedic activity mainly in the developing areas of the world. It is hoped that the Newsletters will also be distributed to those who have little or no access to the internet. The most recent issues can be downloaded via the SICOT website and the WOC websites: / /

  • Orthopaedic surgeon needed in Haiti

MSF-Belgium is looking for an orthopaedic surgeon to work in Haiti for a minimum period of one month, preferably in the summer months. A full job description can be found here. If interested, please send CV and dates of availability to Lynette Dominguez:

  • Orthopaedics in South Africa, Uganda, and Malawi

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

Industry News

  • Aesculap

Best Practice Award Analysis for Aesculap AG
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Vertical Market Penetration Leadership Award is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the fastest measured rate of change of market share of a specific vertical market. This Award recognizes how fast a company increases its vertical penetration of a market, in terms of revenues of units as specified.


Aesculap's Performance in the Image Guided Surgery Market for Orthopaedic Applications
Aesculap's market share within the image guided surgery market for orthopaedic applications has increased significantly during the past couple of years. While the company held about 20 per cent of the image guided surgery market for orthopaedic applications in 2006, its market share in 2008 is estimated to be 27.5 per cent. This represents a 37.5 per cent growth in market share within two years. Just two years back, Aesculap was the third largest company in this field in terms of market share, whereas today, it is ranked second. In addition, the number of procedures in which Aesculap’s OrthoPilot navigation system is used, including total hip and knee arthroplasty, anterior cruciate ligament and high tibial osteotomy, also increased during this period. Moreover, when ranking the competitors by installed base in 2008, Frost & Sullivan found that Aesculap is perceived to have the largest installed base of image guided surgery systems for orthopaedics in Western Europe.



Editorial Department
Editorial Secretary: Syed Awais
Assistant Editorial Secretary: Hatem Said
External Affairs: Linda Ridefjord
Special thanks to Anthony Hall
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