Dear members and friends of the European Hip Society,

On 30th November and 1st December 2023, the “XXVI International Course of Osteoarticular Reconstructive Surgery – Hip Surgery”, was held in Madrid, a two-day scientific and educational event organized by The Hip Unit of Hospital La Paz (Madrid – Spain) with the support of the European Hip Society (EHS). Many thanks to everyone who took part.

Since the first edition, the main purpose of this biannual Course has been to spread and to exchange the knowledge on hip surgery between different international speakers. The course, directed by Dr Ana Cruz Pardos (The Chief of The Hip Unit), was divided into several round tables whereby numerous topics were discussed:

  • New Technologies
  • Bearing surfaces and and bone-implant interfaces
  • Registry Data
  • Hydroxyapatite in THA
  • THA in young patients and in DDH
  • Robotics in THA
  • Acetabular and femoral revisions
  • How to approach the complications in THA
  • Complications in THA: instability, dislocation, infection and periprosthetic

Moreover, two clinical cases discussion tables and one session with a DDH video surgical technique presented by Prof L. Zagra. Profesor W Scheurs gave a “Master Conference” about “THE HISTORY AND STATUS OF ACETABULAR AND FEMORAL BONE IMPACTION GRAFTING”.

There were 150 delegates and 16 faculty members.

Thanks to the patronage of the EHS we were able to count on the excellent participation of Prof Theofilos Karachialos (Greece), co-editor of Hip International and Prof. Ola Rolfson (Sweden); as well as other esteemed EHS members such as Prof Will Schreurs (The Netherlands), Prof Fares Haddad (United Kingdom and EHS Presedent Elect), Prof Nils Hailer (Sweden); Prof Luigi Zagra (Italy), Prof José Cordero (Spain), Dr Eduardo García-Rey (Spain, Vice-Chairman EHS Educational Committee) and Dr Fernando Marqués (Spain) and myself.

Likewise, other important European hip surgeons kindly participated: Prof Bizot (Hopital Lariboisiere, France), Mr Duncan Whitwell (Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and The Manor Hospital, Oxford. UK) and Prof Lee Jeys (The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, UK) and Prof. Jorge Albareda (Spanish Hip Society – SECCA President).

The scientific sessions were presented in Spanish but with simultaneous translation into English which allowed non-Spanish delegates to participate in the course.

We enjoyed two days of excellent presentations and very engaging discussions with all participants where we exchanged our knowledge, shared our ideas and clinical experiences on the basics, as well as the current, and future practice of our surgical specialty. Their active discussion with all participants was greatly appreciated.

Once again, I would like to thank the EHS for its patronage of this successful Course.

Our European Society has become an indisputable reference in Europe and beyond, in the field of hip surgery. I am proud to be its member.

Many thanks once again.

We hope to count on you in future editions.

Best regards,

Dra Ana Cruz Pardos
The Chief of The Hip Unit
Hospital La Paz, Madrid (Spain)
Member of the European Hip Society