Wim SchreursLetter from the President, Dr B Willem Schreurs

Dear All,

Recently I visited ISAR in Iceland, the congress of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries. This annual congress represents data of all kinds of joints, so hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist and elbow. 

It was remarkable that there were so many presentations on hip arthroplasties – compared to other joints, there are many new developments around hip arthroplasty.

In no other area is there so much debate on the surgical approach, the type of bearing, the type of fixation and the types of prostheses. In hip surgery we have long stems, standard stems, short stems or resurfacings on the femoral side – this is completely different from other joints.

However, the Australian Registry showed data that are somewhat worrisome: five years after the introduction of a new hip implant, 80% were no longer on the market. In addition, none of the 20% of implants that were still available was better then the average implant. Indeed, food for thought for both surgeon and industry. 

All these interesting matters can be discussed between colleagues when we meet at our 13th EHS Congress in The Hague this September (20-22nd) – Early Bird registration is available until end of June! Until then, have a good summer.

Best wishes,

Your EHS President, B Willem Schreurs

Letter from the Secretary General, Professor Eleftherios TsiridisTsiridis

Dear Members,

I would hereby like to give notice that two positions will be voted in at our General Assembly in The Hague. The position of EHS President 2020-22 and the position of EHS Treasurer 2018-22. Please make sure you are present to make your vote on: 21st September 2018 at 17:45 – 19:15 in the Amazon room at the EHS Congress. Thank you.

I am pleased to announce our two Visiting Fellows have been selected: Dr Mattia Loppini from Italy and Dr Pedro Santos Leite from Portugal (both are Young Members of EHS). They will travel to The Netherlands in October of this year. Thank you to all our applicants and to the EduCom and ExCom for making the selection.

I wish a warm welcome to our new members this month. Full Members are: Dr Alok Bansal (from Ukraine) and Dr Georgios Drosos (from Hellas). Young Members are: Drs Stijn Bolink and Bas van Ooij (both from The Netherlands), Dr Ryan Giordmaina (our first member from Malta) and Dr Pia Zurmühle (from Switzerland).

I am pleased to inform you all that AAHKS (the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons) has announced the prestigious FARE Grant Award to NYU and ORamaVR: Virtual Reality Applications to Orthopaedic Surgical Training: A Pilot Study. I myself am Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of this Start Up company and EHS International Member Prof William B Macaulay is a primary  investigator along with Dr Jessica M Hooper. Co-Investigators include International EHS Members Ass Prof Lazaros Poultsides, Assoc Prof Ran Schwarzkopf and Ass Prof Jonathan Vigdorchik. The purpose of this groundbreaking clinical study is to assess the skill transfer, educational value, and validity of a virtual reality (VR) surgical simulator for total hip arthroplasty.

And finally, now you have hopefully all registered to our congress in The Hague in September, I welcome everyone to the 5th Masterclass in Arthroplasty Surgery in Thessaloniki, Hellas, from 7-9th December 2018, an EHS-co-organized course under the auspices of EFORT, on current concepts in hip and knee reconstruction.

I wish you all a pleasant July.

EHS Secretary General, Professor Eleftherios Tsiridis

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