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SICOT e-Newsletter

Issue No. 45 - June 2012

  • SICOT Events
    - Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • SICOT News
    - 17th SICOT Trainees' Meeting Report
    - European Musculoskeletal Review - Volume 7 Issue 2
  • Worldwide News
    - Magnetically controlled growing rods for severe spinal curvature in young children: a prospective case series

Editorial by Keith Baldwin & John P. Dormans

  • Update for Patient Safety in Paediatric Spine Surgery

In the present day, more powerful tools are at our disposal for the treatment of paediatric spinal deformities. Growth sparing constructs have allowed for earlier intervention in patients with more difficult diagnoses in early life. With all of these technical advances, the surgical options, and hence the indications for operative intervention have become more broad. With these new advances, attention has rightly turned to improving the safety of paediatric spinal surgery. Read more...

SICOT Events

Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference (Dubai OWC 2012)
28-30 November 2012 * Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Registration

Online registration is open! Register here...

  • Social Programme

Read more about the Opening Ceremony, Welcome Buffet, and Dubai Meydan Night here.

  • Sports Programme

Read more about the Golf Tournament and Charity Run/Walk here.

  • Accommodation & Tours

Special prices and benefits are available for conference participants. Please don't delay booking your accommodation until the last minute. Book your accommodation and tours of Dubai here.

  • 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. Read more...

Please visit the SICOT website regularly for updated information about Dubai OWC 2012.


  • 17th SICOT Trainees' Meeting Report 
    by Bassel El-Osta

I am writing to you today about the great learning experience that I had during the 17th SICOT Trainees' Meeting in Moscow. First of all, I would like to highlight the tremendous effort and work done by Prof Nikolay Zagorodniy, SICOT National Delegate of Russia, and his team. The conference was held in the Congress Centre of the Moscow Government which is a great venue comprised of very comfortable and spacious halls with excellent media support. Read more...

  • European Musculoskeletal Review - Volume 7 Issue 2

As part of a Media partnership with Touch Briefings, SICOT members receive free eBook access to Touch Briefings ‘European Musculoskeletal Review’ Volume 7 Issue 2.

In the latest issue Professor Marco Matucci Cerinic once again contributes an excellent paper on the role of Ultrasound of Entheses in Spondyloarthritis, this time concentrating on new perspectives in diagnosis. The special focus of this issue is on rheumatoid arthritis and Professor Anne Barton and Sebastian Viatte provide a fascinating insight into the role of genetic susceptibility markers in the prediction of erosive disease. Another subject of great interest is gout - literature on recent developments in the treatment of gout is reviewed and discussed in detail by Mattheus K Reinders from the Atrium Medical Centre Parkstad, The Netherlands.
SICOT members access the current edition, European Musculoskeletal Review – Volume 7 issue 2, in full and for free in eBook format. 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 or e-mail address) and password. Information about resetting passwords is available on the SICOT website.)
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SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Hip joint development in children with type IIb developmental dysplasia
Marcin Sibiński, Emil Adamczyk, Zoe C. J. Higgs & Marek Synder

Purpose The aim of this study was to analyse the results of treatment of sonographically diagnosed type IIb developmental hip dysplasia and to identify residual hip dysplasia using clinical and radiological assessment. Read more...

  • Case of the Month
    by Syah Bahari and Tom McCarthy

A 22-year-old male attended the Hip and Knee Clinic complaining of right hip pain during two years. He denies any trauma. He is active in soccer and rugby but finding it difficult to play due to pain. He pointed to the lateral aspect of the hip and groin when describing the site of pain. He described the pain as sharp, constant and affecting him even in bed at night. Sporting activities worsen the pain but he gets pain relief from NSAID given by his GP. Read more... 

Fellowship News

  • Assiut University/SICOT Training Fellowship Report
    by Mohammed Babiker Abdelwahab

I am Dr Mohammed Babiker Abdelwahab, an orthopaedic specialist from Sudan. I was selected to join the SICOT fellowship programme at Assiut University Hospital from March 2011 to September 2011. On behalf of all orthopaedic surgeons in Sudan I would like to extend my warm thanks and appreciation first of all to SICOT, which indeed helps young orthopaedic surgeons and leaves a mark on their practice, and to Prof Galal Zaki Said and his wonderful son Dr Hatem Said who made my mission so fruitful. My thanks also go to the Head of the Department, Dr Kamal El Gafaary, and all the professors and colleagues in the Orthopaedic Department who were welcoming and hospitable. Read more...

Training Around the World

  • Orthopaedic Training in Canada
    by Ingrid Radovanovic

The Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process begins with submitting an application and a personal letter explaining your interest in orthopaedics. After the applications are submitted, the Programmes review all applicants and offer interviews to a select few. The interview process begins with a social night where you can talk to the current residents about the programme to determine if it is a good fit for you. The interview itself occurs the next day. Upon completion of the interviews, the ranking process begins and, shortly after, the results are released. If you are lucky enough to be accepted, you will start a five-year training programme. Read more...

Worldwide News

  • Magnetically controlled growing rods for severe spinal curvature in young children: a prospective case series
    Comments by Bassel El-Osta

This is a very advanced study which we would like to congratulate the writers and the inventors for. It is probably a few steps forward in treating scoliosis in children with minimum invasive multiple surgery, and a very safe way for treating. From the two patients' follow-up, the treatment and results seem remarkable. Read more...

Industry News

  • Synthes

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Editorial Department

Editorial Secretary: Hatem Said
Editorial Production: Linda Ridefjord
Editorial Board: Ahmed Abdel Azeem, Syah Bahari, Kamal Bali, Bassel El-Osta, Anthony Hall, Maximilian Rudert

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