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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 29 - February 2011

  • SICOT Events
    - SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress - Prague, Czech Republic
  • SICOT News
    - SICOT First Vice President elected Member of the French Academy of Surgery
    - SICOT collaborates with Touch Briefings
  • Worldwide News 
    - Current Concepts in Joint Replacement™ - Spring 2011
    - What are the long-term results of surgically treated ankle fractures?
    - Which haematological indices are surrogate markers of one year mortality following hip fractures in the elderly?
    - Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British Volume)

Editorial by Mohammed Al-Otaibi, General Organiser of the 4th SOA International Conference

  • SICOT expands its contribution to further horizons

Abha is the capital of the Asir province in the south of Saudi Arabia, 2,270 m (7,500 feet) above sea level, approximately 1,000 km south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The 4th Saudi Orthopaedic Association International Conference, combined with the SICOT Trainees' Day, took place in this beautiful city and was hosted by the King Khalid University. The event was attended by about 450 participants and 40 international speakers. The SICOT Trainees' Day was an important factor in the success of this international event. It gave young orthopaedic surgeons in training programmes the opportunity to participate by presenting their research papers to respected senior surgeons. The day was led by the SICOT President, Cody Bünger, the SICOT National Representative of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Al-Othman, and the SICOT Vice President of the Africa, Near and Middle East region, Thami Benzakour, who delivered a valuable scientific talk about high tibial osteotomy and hosted the SICOT booth, which attracted many of the conference attendees who also applied for SICOT membership. Read more...

SICOT Events

SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress
6-9 September 2011 - Prague, Czech Republic

Please check the SICOT website regularly for updated information about Prague TWC 2011.

  • Scientific Programme 

All abstracts submitted for the Congress are currently being peer reviewed. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by e-mail to the first author after 8 March. 

The presenting author of an accepted abstract (oral and e-poster) must register and pay the congress registration fee before 15 June 2011 to have his/her abstract included in the Final Programme. The Congress Secretariat will not check if co-authors have registered. Abstract submitters can change the presenting author of an abstract through the abstract submission system, by clicking on the link in the confirmation email received after submitting the abstract.

  • Registration

Congress registration is open here! Register before 15 May 2011 and benefit from reduced registration fees!

Become a SICOT member and save money on your congress registration fee! Find out how to join SICOT here. Preferential rates are available for new members from our Friendship Nations: China, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and member countries of the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association (PAOA).

If you are a presenting author, please insert your abstract number(s) on the registration form and check that your FAMILY name and GIVEN name(s) have been inserted in the same field and spelled in the same way as on the abstract submission form. For example, if you have inserted "Smith" in the Family Name field on the abstract submission form, please ensure that "Smith" has also been inserted in the Family Name field on the registration form.

  • SICOT Educational Day 2011

The SICOT Educational Day is a new initiative undertaken by the SICOT Young Surgeons Committee. The aim of this day is to provide a comprehensive review course for residents and an evidence-based update for practicing surgeons on a specific theme at each SICOT meeting. The theme is selected in such a way that it is mutually beneficial to the residents in their exams and to the orthopaedic surgeons in their daily practice.

The theme chosen for this year is 'The Hip'. Great teachers from around the world are being brought together to lecture on their area of expertise. Read more...

  • Awards

Click here to find out more about the awards which are granted to young surgeons to help them attend the Congress.

  • SICOT Diploma Examination
Registration for the ninth SICOT Diploma Examination is now closed. The SICOT Head Office regrets that it cannot accept any further applications.
The preliminary list of 36 candidates has now been selected and the candidates have been notified. They must confirm their participation by paying the examination fee online before Thursday, 10 March 2011. Candidates will only receive a confirmation of registration for the Diploma Examination once the SICOT Head Office has received full payment of the examination fee and the 2011 SICOT membership dues.
The exam will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 5 and 6 September 2011 and will consist of a written part and an oral part. Read more...
  • Accommodation & Tours

Discover here the various hotels and hostels available around the Prague Congress Centre, as well as the tours in Prague and trips to other places of interest in the Czech Republic during the Congress.

  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

    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.

Exhibition & Sponsorship Prospectus (pdf)

If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting, or advertising at the Congress, please contact Lina Salvati:

Lina Salvati
Linsa Inc. (Canada)
Tel.: +1 514 924 3476
Skype: ripley9423


  • SICOT First Vice President elected Member of the French Academy of Surgery

Thami Benzakour, SICOT First Vice President, was recently elected Member of the French Academy of Surgery. He was admitted during the Academy's annual solemn session in Paris on 19 January 2011. Several SICOT members were present at this nomination, including Henri Judet, Secretary General of the French Academy, Dominique Poitout and Jacques Caton, Board Members of the French Academy, as well as Maurice Hinsenkamp, our President Elect, who is already a member of this institution. The French Academy of Surgery has 150 permanent members from abroad.

  • SICOT collaborates with Touch Briefings

SICOT is collaborating with Touch Briefings to bring SICOT members free access to the online eBook version of European Musculoskeletal Review.

In the latest issue Professors Andre Kaelin and Federico Canavese contribute an excellent paper, 'Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – Trends, Indications and Efficacy of Non-operative and Operative Treatments', while Professor Rainer Bader and colleagues discuss 'Peri-prosthetic Infection Following Total Hip Arthroplasty'. Elsewhere in this edition, Professor Patrik Stolt et al provide a fascinating exploration of the association between smoking and the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Directed by an Editorial Board comprising internationally respected physicians, European Musculoskeletal Review’s peer-reviewed articles endeavour to provide a concise and timely update on the latest opinion and advances spanning the breadth of musculoskeletal practice.

SICOT members are entitled to access the current edition, European Musculoskeletal Review – Volume 5 issue 2. Click here to access your complimentary eBook. (If you are a SICOT member, please log in to the SICOT website first with your username (member ID number/e-mail address) and password. Information about password renewal is available on the SICOT website.)

For more information, please visit the Touch Briefings' Musculoskeletal Disease website at:

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Toxicity of antiseptics against chondrocytes: What is best for the cartilage in septic joint surgery?
Eric Röehner, Paula Kolar, Joern B. Seeger, Joerg Arnholdt, Kathi Thiele, Carsten Perka & Georg Matziolis

In septic joint surgery, the most frequently used antiseptics are polyhexanide, hydrogen peroxide and taurolidine. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of these antiseptics on viability of human chondrocytes. Our hypothesis was that antiseptics and supplemental irrigation with sodium chloride lavage are less toxic on human chondrocytes than treatment with antiseptics only. Read more... 

  • Case of the Month

A 5-year-old boy is presented to our orthopaedic department with progressive pain in his left leg for 2 weeks, also at night. The mother reports no trauma, but a mild fever. There was a loss of weight of about 2 kg in the last weeks. His mother also remembers intermittent pain in his left leg during the recent months. With that, the boy was impaired only intermediately, he played soccer recently.

The physical examination shows an adequate range of motion of both hip joints, but a gross swelling in the area of the left iliac crest.

1.) After the physical examination has been completed, what are the most appropriate investigations? Read more...

Worldwide News

  • Current Concepts in Joint Replacement™ - Spring 2011

This course is open to orthopaedic surgeons, residents, nurses, and members of the orthopaedic and allied health industries.
Hemi and total shoulder arthroplasty use has dramatically increased and is attributed to improvements in instrumentation, design modularity, and surgical technique. Both hip and knee reconstruction have evolved into mature sciences and are seen to be dependent on a triad of design, patient factors, and technical proficiency to achieve clinical longevity. 
This meeting will focus on both primary and revision outcomes, surgical approaches, new materials, and design as well as address problems of fixation, bone deficiency, instability, trauma, and infection for hip, knee, and shoulder replacement. An assemblage of contemporary thought leaders will probe the boundaries of these problems and offer solutions for joint pathologies where arthroplasty is indicated. Plenary commentary, didactic clinical reports, technique videos, debate, case challenges, and live surgery define the formats of presentation, which provide an optimal learning opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons and other allied professionals involved in joint reconstruction. Read more... 
Download information leaflet (pdf)

  • What are the long-term results of surgically treated ankle fractures? (summarised by N.S. Harshavardhana, SICOT Young Surgeons Committee Member)

Stufkens SAS et al (Injury 3011, 42:119-27) undertook a systemic review of operatively treated closed ankle fractures over a twelve-year period (1996-2008) with a minimum follow-up of 4 years using Cochrane library, PubMed, EMBASE & OTA meeting archives website. Using a stringent inclusion & exclusion criteria, they identified 18 published papers with 1,822 patients and conducted meta-analysis. The key messages from their research are:

    • Most of the studies were level III & IV in terms of hierarchy of levels of evidences (LoE) (16/18).
    • Lauge-Hansen Supination-External Rotation(SER) type 2 had better outcomes as compared to type 4 (Odd's Ratio[OR] – 2.93).
    • Weber A & B had superior outcomes as compared to Weber C (OR of 2.01 & 2.17 respectively). No difference in outcomes was observed between Weber A & B types.
    • Only 58% of ankles with posterior malleolar fracture had good to excellent outcome.
    • Presence of initial cartilage defect / lesion was associated with poorer outcome, though it was not statistically significant OR=5.00 (95% CI 0.82–30.46).
    • No study reported the influence of hindfoot alignment (varus/valgus) with respect to long-term functional outcome.
  • Which haematological indices are surrogate markers of one-year mortality following hip fractures in the elderly? (summarised by N.S. Harshavardhana, SICOT Young Surgeons Committee Member)

Bhaskar D et al (Injury 2011, 42:178-82) investigated if components of full blood count(FBC) i.e. Haemoglobin level(Hb%) and differential WBC count (neutrophils and lymphocytes count) on-admission had any bearing on one-year mortality following hip fractures in the elderly (>60 years). In their series of 791 patients with a minimum one-year telephonic follow-up, the authors observed 49.2% mortality in those whose Hb was <8.0 gm%. The mortality rate was also higher in males as compared to females. Lymphocyte count of <1,100/mm3 was associated with 33.2% mortality which was statistically significant (p<0.0001). There was no correlation between total WBC or neutrophils counts and mortality in their series. They recommended use of Hb% and lymphocyte count on-admission as audit tools to compare mortality statistics between different care providers / centres treating such vulnerable patients presenting with hip fractures.

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Pakistan needs your help

Pakistan is suffering one of the worst natural disasters in the form of rain water floods. Heavy rainfall that started on 22 July 2010 and subsequent rains and flooding in various regions of Pakistan have affected approximately 20 million people and resulted in nearly 2,000 deaths nationwide. More than 3.5 million children are at risk of communicable diseases. It has caused serious effects on people, animals, plants and agriculture, infrastructure and soil, and public services. Please help the Pakistani people by making a donation to the Foundation for Health Care Improvement (FHCI), a charity organisation in Pakistan founded by Prof Syed Awais, SICOT National Delegate of Pakistan:

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Assistant Editorial Secretary: Hatem Said
Editorial Production: Linda Ridefjord
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