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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 31 - April 2011

  • SICOT Events
    - SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress - Prague, Czech Republic
  • SICOT News
    - SICOT group on Facebook
    - SICOT German Travelling Fellowship Report 2010
  • Worldwide News 
    - What does the current evidence say regarding surgical treatment of tibial pilon/plafond fractures?
    - Should we perform surgery to address post-traumatic ankle mal-alignment? - A five-year follow-up study

Editorial by Tomáš Trč, Congress President, & Vojtěch Havlas, Local Scientific Programme Chair

  • Scientific Programme in Prague

Dear SICOT member,
Dear reader, ladies and gentlemen,

During the late summer, between 6 and 9 September 2011, we have been honoured to organise the next SICOT Triennial World Congress in Prague.

You may have already had a chance to discover some of the highlights of Prague – the capital of the Czech Republic, the heart of Europe, and the historical and cultural centre of Middle Europe. Today we would like to acquaint you with the scientific programme of the upcoming event. 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 

The allocated presentation time is six minutes, plus an extra two minutes for discussion. The scientific programme is subject to change and the final date, time, and session will only be announced after 15 June 2011. Please visit the SICOT website for updates.

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 until 15 June 2011, by clicking on the link in the confirmation email received after submitting the abstract. Please ensure that the family name, given name, institute, and address of the presenting author have been inserted in the system.

E-posters: Only those authors who have received a confirmation of their registration and payment from the SICOT Congress Secretariat by 15 June 2011 will receive a link to upload their e-poster file(s). The links will be sent after 15 June 2011 to all registered authors presenting e-posters. The deadline for uploading your files is 15 July 2011.

  • Registration

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

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 corresponding 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.

As a SICOT member you can save money on your congress registration fee. If you are not already a member, click here to find out how you can join SICOT.

Special preferential membership dues are available for new members from our Friendship Nations: China, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, and member countries of the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association (PAOA). Click here to find out how you can join SICOT. Become a SICOT member and save money!

  • Plenary Speakers

Find out more here about the four Plenary Speakers who will be delivering lectures on various topics of interest during the Congress.

  • Presidential Speaker

Cody Bünger, SICOT President, will be delivering his Presidential Lecture at 10:00 on Wednesday, 7 September in the Forum Hall of the Prague Congress Centre.

  • 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... 

  • Instructional Courses

Click here to read more about the Instructional Courses which will be held on each day of the Congress.

  • Awards

Women at the forefront of orthopaedic surgery!

SICOT invites all women trainees or women orthopaedic surgeons under 40 who have completed original scientific work in orthopaedics or traumatology within the last three years to apply for the Marcela Uribe Zamudio Award. Read more...

  • Social Programme

Read more about the Social Programme here.

  • 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 group on Facebook

All SICOT members are invited to join the SICOT group on Facebook. The group publishes news, suggestions, and topic and case discussions from members. It allows them to share information with friends and news on a new fellowship or a course. Provide us with feedback on what you would like to see at the SICOT meeting in Prague, and what you enjoyed in Gothenburg.

  • SICOT German Travelling Fellowship Report 2010

Click here to read the report of Hamed Alhawary, who was offered the SICOT German Travelling Fellowship in 2010 and spent three months at the Orthopaedic Hospital König-Ludwig-Haus of the University of Würzburg in Germany, which is specialised in Arthroplasty of the Hip, Knee, Shoulder and Elbow, Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Foot, Sports Injuries, and Paediatric Orthopaedics. 

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Prospective randomised study comparing screw versus helical blade in the treatment of low-energy trochanteric fractures
Richard Stern, Anne Lübbeke, Domizio Suva, Hermes Miozzari & Pierre Hoffmeyer 

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare femoral head placement, rates of reoperation and cephalic implant cut-out of a screw versus a blade for patients over age 60 with low energy trochanteric fractures (AO/OTA 31-A1, A2, and A3) treated either with sliding hip screw or cephalomedullary nail. Read more...

  • Case of the Month

A 33-year-old man is presented to the orthopaedic department with a four-week history of moderate pain in his right knee. He reports no trauma. There is a slight swelling in the area of the distal lateral thigh. Standard laboratory blood tests were within normal limits.

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

Worldwide News

  • What does the current evidence say regarding surgical treatment of tibial pilon/plafond fractures? (summarised by N.S. Harshavardhana, SICOT Young Surgeons Committee Member)

Calori GM et al (Injury 2010, 41:1183-90) conducted a systemic review of existing literature in English language looking for treatment options and recommendations for tibial pilon fractures. Using keywords and stringent inclusion-exclusion criteria, 397 abstracts were retrieved from PubMed. 70 published full-text articles with sample size of >20 cases were included in their final analysis. The most common classification system despite poor/low inter-rater agreement was that of Ruedi-Allgower (RA). The surgical management broadly fell into:

    • Open reduction with internal fixation.
    • Closed reduction and biological internal fixation with MIPO technique.
    • External fixation with/without minimal invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) of articular complex.
    • Two staged surgery involving:
      1. Initial fibular plating with bridging / spanning external fixator;
      2. Secondary articular reconstruction by MIPO technique with stabilizing external fixator.

MIPO was found to be superior to other fixation modalities viz. ORIF and external fixation for RA types I & II fracture configuration. The study design, methodology, selection bias and concerns with implant design prevented them for undertaking a meta-analysis to make robust conclusions. They concluded that the current literature recommends internal fixation either by open or MIPO technique for RA type I & II and two staged surgery for RA type III, open fractures or closed fractures with bad soft tissue condition (Tscherene score of ≥3) to be associated with better outcomes. 

  • Should we perform surgery to address post-traumatic ankle mal-alignment? - A five-year follow-up study (summarised by N.S. Harshavardhana, SICOT Young Surgeons Committee Member)

Gianni S et al (Injury 2010, 41:1208-11) reported 22 surgically treated cases of post-traumatic ankle malalignment with a minimum follow-up of 5 years. The main deformities corrected were ankle valgus and fibular shortening. They used weight bearing radiographs at 6 weeks, 3 months & final follow-up and AOFAS outcomes score to report their clinico-radiological findings. A lateral transmalleolar approach was used to correct posterior malleolar malunion and local bone from lateral side of tibia as autologous interpositional bone graft for lengthened fibula fixed with plate/screws. The mean duration from point of initial trauma to surgery was 22 months (6-30 months). 17/22 patients had good to excellent functional outcome with a mean improvement in AOFAS score of 42 (mean pre-op of 45 to mean post-op of 87). Despite radiological features of post-traumatic secondary OA, 90% of patients treated by this fashion did not complain of pain or limitation of activity. They recommend addressing ankle malalignment by corrective surgery to avoid/delay the need for arthrodesis or ankle replacement.  

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