Dear EHS Members,

We are building our partnership with the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), who will provide six peer-reviewed videos of surgical techniques at our Munich Congress in September of this year. At a dedicated video booth you will be able to watch procedures such as mini posterior, direct anterior or anterolateral approaches, hip arthroscopy, periacetabular osteotomy, hip revision.

Also, I’m organising two 90-min sessions for all on “primary THA in European countries – what is your preferred technique?” Speakers will show their preferred implants and techniques, explain hospital stay, rehabilitation, waiting list, costs, etc., and a round-table-discussion will conclude this topic. I hope you have all registered for the congress – abstracts must be in by 31st March!

Your EHS President, Prof Werner E. Siebert

Happy New Year once again to our valued members and a warm welcome to new Full Members Prof Thorsten Gehrke from Germany and Dr Savvas Sourmelis from Hellas.

We are receiving applicants for the EHS Visiting Fellowship. Please tell upcoming hip surgeons, including non-members, who may be interested. Thank you to Luigi Zagra and Fares Haddad who summarize their British / Italian meeting in a supplement to the EHS newsletter below.

Finally, thank you to all who have paid their dues already. Please email if you have yet to pay.

Assoc Prof Eleftherios Tsiridis, EHS Secretary General


Prof Viktor Voloshin,

Chief Traumatologist & Orthopaedician of Moscow Region and Chief of Department of Traumatology & Orthopaedics Moscow

Regional Clinical & Research Institute

Being the President of Russian Hip Society and as a National Representative of EHS, it’s a privilege to write something about the joint ventures between EHS & RHS.  In June 2011, the Russian Hip Society was organized in Nizhny Novogorod. In the span of five years, the Russian Hip Society successfully conducted four symposiums and three international conferences with participation of delegates from the European Hip Society.  A special thanks to Prof Luigi Zagra, Prof Gösta Ullmark, Prof Th Karachalios, Prof Werner E Siebert, Prof Wim Schreurs and Prof Eleftherios Tsiridis for their help in conducting scientific meetings.

On 29th June 2015, the EHS General Assembly kindly accepted our initiative for joint ventures in hip education and decided to establish educational centres in several parts of Russia and expressed it’s intention in supporting this endeavour. For the beginning, centres will be located in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and St Petersburg. Lectures from the centres about hip surgery will be broadcast through video conference to the orthopedic clinics in the Russian Federation.

The experience we got through the professional meetings showed the importance of conducting combined, multi-level, randomized research. Particpants of our conferences and symposiums are constantly expanding. Just in the next year, we are planning to conduct scientific meetings in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, St Petersburg and Ivanovo. We think that particular attention should be given to young doctors who have chosen our specialty. It is necessary to involve young surgeons to participate in our meetings, to encourage the research and development of young doctors, to promote their professional scientific growth.


Libor Nečas, MD

Head of Orthopaedic Department,
University Hospital Martin,
Head of Slovakian Arthroplasty Register

Slovakia is a country with a long history of orthopaedic surgery. In 1924 the government bought the Grand Sanatorium in Bratislava, which at that time was the best medical (four-storey) building in Slovakia and charged Prof. Chlumský with the task of establishing an orthopaedic department – first in previous Czechoslovakia. Ninety years later we have 43 orthopaedic or orthopaedic-traumatology departments performing hip arthroplasty. In 2003 the Slovakian Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society, with the help of the Health Authorities, have established the

Slovakian Arthroplasty Register. We have now been collecting the data about THA for 13 years and publishing reports ( Today the registry database contains data about 60,000 primary THA and 5,180 revision THA. The number of primary THA is still growing annually.  Due to the health insurance system we are able to use any type of implants according to the needs of patients and surgeons.

Please pay your membership dues 2016

Prof Luigi Zagra (President of Italian Hip Society)


Q&A International Combined Meeting

EHS Past President Luigi Zagra (2000-2012) and EHS member Fares Haddad chaired the first joint hip meeting in Milan in November 2015. Here they tell us about its success…

Prof Fares Haddad (President Elect of British Hip Society)

LZ: To meet colleagues, improve our Society, share clinical and surgical experience and scientific knowledge.

FH: It was outstanding: the crossfires, instructionals and symposia were of a very high standard. The collaboration with industry worked extremely well. There were two very full, very educational days, and the value of a combined meeting became very clear through the immediate enjoyment and collaboration of colleagues.

LZ: A few numbers: 600+ participants from 49 countries, 300+ oral presentations and 170 posters, 3 Guest Lectures, 6 Crossfires, 6 Instructional Courses, 7 Symposia, 5 Industry Symposia, 30 Sessions of oral presentations, an Educational Corner providing surgical videos, 3 awards for the best presentations, one dedicated to the residents…

FH: The overuse of hip arthroscopy. It is key that hip preserving surgery is undertaken by surgeons who have expertise in hip surgery and are not just arthroscopists, and the focus of future generations needs to be on looking after patients rather than just on introducing new surgical techniques. Hip preservation is a very important area that needs a greater application of the scientific method.

LZ: Experience, and evaluation of the outcomes. The treatment of complex cases and of patients at high risk of complications, such as old patients in the case of hip replacement or as young in the case of difficult internal fixation, cannot be left to less experienced surgeons or residents.

FH: Cost effective execution of the best procedure. We need to make sure that we educate well, plan well and execute effectively, and the next generation should be focused on having a long survivorship for all implants and having most hip replacements last for the lifetime of the patient.

LZ: Experience, early indication, planning, prevention and treatment of complications and the surgical technique of course. Considering the indications: in case of suspected infection as well as of osteolysis or progressive wear, avoid useless fence sitting. Regarding the planning: knowledge of the previous implant, availability of different technical solutions and of bone graft. Revision surgery is time consuming for the orthopedic surgeon, but not only in the operating room…

FH: We would absolutely do it again. It was a tremendous experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by many with an outstanding scientific and clinical interaction.

LZ: For sure…

The EHS EduCom is pleased to launch the EHS Visiting Fellowship.

Applicants are invited to apply now – more information can be requested from or found in Newsletter 15 – January 2016 on our website.