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SICOT e-Newsletter

Issue No. 49 - October 2012

  • SICOT Events
    - Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • SICOT News
    - Report on the SICOT India Instructional Course Lectures
  • Fellowship News
    - SICOT oral presentation awardee, Maik Stiehler, attends the CCJR Spring Meeting

Editorial by Albert van Kampen - Guest Editor

  • International Orthopaedics Special Issue on Sports Medicine - The Knee

Every year, International Orthopaedics, our scientific journal, publishes a special issue dedicated to a well defined orthopaedic condition. In February 2013 the sports knee will be highlighted from many different views. In this February issue of course many aspects around double or single bundle reconstructions, which is the topic this decade, will be included. Several papers will go into details looking at possible differences between single and double bundle ACL reconstructions by meta analysis and reviews. And from Pittsburgh itself we have a Freddie Fu paper, which teaches us when to choose for a double bundle and when not to. Read more...

SICOT Events

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

  • Scientific Programme

The Final Programme and Programme at a glance is available to download here.
Read more about the Plenary Speakers here.
The 'Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference' is designated for a maximum of (or 'for up to') 24 hours of European external CME credits. Read more...

  • Instructional Courses

11 instructional courses covering sports injuries, polytrauma, fractures, arthroscopies, failed back, paediatrics, joint replacements, and other topics will be held throughout the conference. They will be arranged throughout the whole day avoiding overlaps and allowing participants to attend several of them on each day. The detailed programme of each course can be found here.

  • Educational Day

The SICOT Educational Day is an initiative undertaken by the SICOT Young Surgeons Committee. The theme chosen for this year is 'The Knee'. Great teachers from around the world are being brought together to lecture on their area of expertise. Only a few places left! Register here.

  • Registration

Online registration deadline is 10 November! Register here...

  • Social Programme

A conference is also an opportunity to extend your personal network and the two social events being organised are particularly suited for this. Read more about the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Buffet on 28 November and the Conference Party on 29 November 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.


  • Report on the SICOT India Instructional Course Lectures
    by Vijay Shetty

The first SICOT ICL was held at IMA House, Kochi, Kerala, on 28 and 29 April 2012. There were 44 eminent speakers from all over the country and many delegates. The sessions started at 08:30 and continued till 20:00 on both days. Prof Ashok Johari, SICOT National Delegate and Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, inaugurated the course. Read more...

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Causes of a painful total knee arthroplasty. Are patients still receiving total knee arthroplasty for extrinsic pathologies?
Nawfal Al-Hadithy, Hamoun Rozati, Matthew Sewell, Alex Dodds, Peter Brooks & Minhal Chatoo

Purpose Whilst patients undergoing total knee replacements generally have good relief of their symptoms, up to 20% complain of persisting pain. Revision rates have therefore been rising, particularly so for unexplained pain. We reviewed the causes of painful total knee replacements including extrinsic causes. Read more...

Fellowship News

  • SICOT oral presentation awardee, Maik Stiehler, attends the CCJR Spring Meeting
    by Maik Stiehler 

I was extremely honoured to receive the SICOT/CCJR oral presentation award at the SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress in Prague. From 20 to 23 May 2012, I then had the great pleasure to participate in the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Read more...

Orthopaedics in War-Torn Areas

  • An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s experience in Afghanistan
    by Ihab M. Emran

Afghanistan has been characterized as a state torn with violence for many decades. Since 1979 the country has experienced major wars in which millions of Afghans have lost their lives and even more have been brutally injured. Eleven years after the last war in Afghanistan the political situation is far from stable and the violence between main actors still continues. With the growing conflicts, the Afghans have been trapped for decades in conditions of poverty and lack of access to medical treatment. Read more...

Articles by SICOT members

  • Traditional Healers - How can we improve their treatments?
    by Geoffrey Walker

It is generally accepted that the great majority of fractures in low and middle income countries (LMIC’s) are treated by Traditional Healers. Only a very small percentage of injured patients will have contact with any form of conventional modern medical attention, and even when this is available it will often be given by doctors or health workers with little if any specific orthopaedic training. Read more...

Industry News

  • Synbone

SYNBONE’s New Larger Spine Models in 2013!

In response to the market demands, SYNBONE has been busy developing new larger spine models.

These models have been developed with the focus on the anatomical details. The joint surfaces along with the transverse and spinal processes on each vertebra have been redesigned to reflect a more realistic spine model.

In addition, these new spine models are all made with the new low density (LD) cortical bone mixture which we introduced earlier this year.

Read more…


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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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