Wim SchreursLetter from the President, Dr B Willem Schreurs

Dear Members,

Many members of the European Hip Society will have planned a trip to the EFORT Annual Congress in Vienna from 31st May to 2nd June 2017. Aside from the attractive scientific activities and the lovely city of Vienna, it is also an opportunity to meet many of your EHS friends.

Of course, as every year, we will have our booth at the exhibition and you can come along for the latest EHS information, pick up a flyer of the upcoming EHS congress in The Hague in September 2018 or bring your orthopaedic friends and invite them to become a member of our society. During EFORT, we will hold our EHS meetings, namely the ExCom, SciCom, EduCom, NatRep and of course our annual General Assembly meeting, open to all members, where the ExCom will update you on our current EHS activities. (More info in the Secretary General’s note below.)

The EHS is very active at the EFORT meeting. 1st June 2017 is a busy day, starting with the EHS Half Day Speciality Session from 8.15am to 12.30pm, where topics will include:-

  • the newer approaches (superpath, direct anterior, mini posterior)
  • the young patient who needs a total hip – do we really have enough information to advise the patient on the future status and hip revision?

In the afternoon, we are part of the Advanced Course in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty that is a separate activity, organized by EFORT with the support of EHS. It runs between 3-6pm in the room aptly called, “Vienna”.

In addition, there are several other symposia and instructional courses on the hip in which members of EHS are involved, like the symposia:  Painful Total Hip Arthroplasty; How to Optimize your Total Hip; The Difficult Primary Hip; Instructional Course Sport Activities after Total Hip Arthroplasty and Advances in Hip Arthroplasty. There will also be lectures or symposia on periprosthetic fractures, revisions and hip arthroscopy. Finally, for those of you involved in the care of childhood hip diseases, you will not be disappointed.

Hope to see you all in Austria.

Best wishes,

Your EHS President, B Willem Schreurs

Letter from the Secretary General, Associate Prof Eleftherios TsiridisTsiridis

Dear Members,

It is my pleasure to invite all our members to the General Assembly, which will be held during the EFORT congress in Vienna on:-

Wednesday 31st May 6.45-7.45pm

The meeting will take place at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel, which is just next door to the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Centre.

The main theme for EFORT’s 18th Congress is Sports Activities and Orthopaedic Practice, of which their Second Vice President, Prof Dr Per Kjaersgaard-Andersen, will speak more of here in our newsletter next month.

Meanwhile, looking a bit farther ahead in the calendar, EHS is very proud to be named a Guest Society of AAHKS (American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons) at its 2017 meeting in Dallas later this year (2nd-5th November 2017) along with the Colombian Hip Society. We were delighted to offer our younger members (under 45 years of age) the chance to apply for the inspirational Visiting Fellowship with AAHKS, for which the deadline was just a few days ago.

The Fellowship duration is one month and will take place either side of the AAHKS Dallas meeting. The selected candidate will be announced next month and will receive a grant of 10,000 USD from the AAHKS. Good luck to all applicants.

EHS members attending the Meeting in Dallas will receive AAHKS member registration rates, along with free international membership for the remainder of the calendar year. EHS is a co-host of the annual AAHKS International Reception (open to all AAHKS international members) on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

EHS’ own Travelling Fellowship is drawing closer and Drs Dikmen and Tankut will soon be off to France for three weeks in June, where they will visit three centres, namely: Hopital Sainte Marguerite, Marseille Cedex with Prof J N Argenson; Hopital De Bellevue, Saint Etienne Cedex 2  with Dr F Farizon; and Centre Hospitalier B.P. 67, Pont-L’Abbé, Quimper, with Dr F Gaucher. Thanks in advance to our French hip experts for hosting our Fellows and thanks to President Elect Dr Jean-Alain Epinette and EduCom Chairman Prof Gosta Ullmark.

Looking ahead to next year, Dr Luigi Zagra, Chariman of our SciCom, along with EHS member Prof Jean-Noël Argenson, are both involved in the organisation of the 2nd World Arthroplasty Congress (19th-21st April 2018) in Rome, which takes place in collaboration with EHS, EKS & ICJR.

EHS Secretary General, Associate Prof Eleftherios Tsiridis

EHS Member Marianne Westberg from Oslo, Norway

Norway is a small country with six university hospitals, of which Oslo University Hospital (OUS) is the largest. In OUS, the joint replacement surgery has recently been reorganized, and we are for the time being in an interesting process of forming the new unit. Until December 2016 we were on two locations, functioning separately. The new unit is located at OUS Ullevål , which is a level 1 trauma center for 3 million inhabitants and with a large and complete orthopaedic department. The arthroplasty unit has local and regional functions, as well as national function for patients with bleeding disorders. The unit performs both hip and knee arthroplasties. As for the hip, we perform periacetublar osteotomies, ordinary and difficult primary hip arthroplasties, and all types of revision surgery, apart from tumor surgery. Approximately 20% of all procedures are performed acutely for hip fractures, acetabular fractures, periprosthetic fractures and revision for  infection. We have a close collaboration with the infection specialists and the microbiologists, with weekly scheduled meetings. Research is a priority, both in the arthroplasty unit as well as in the Orthopaedic Department. Many of our patients are recruited to RSA studies with the Center of Implant and Radiostereometric  Research Oslo (CIRRO). The mix of ordinary hip surgery and complex revision surgery, and the close collaboration with the trauma unit for acute procedures, makes our unit an interesting and vibrant working place.

Research is a priority, both in the arthroplasty unit as well as in the Orthopaedic Department. Many of our patients are recruited to RSA studies with the Center of Implant and Radiostereometric  Research Oslo

Dr Marianne Westberg, EHS Member from Oslo, Norway