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NEWS: Leading figures in orthopaedic community to attend first uncemented hips conference

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NEWS: Leading figures in orthopaedic community to attend first uncemented hips conference

Some of the biggest names in the orthopaedic community including Prof Tim Briggs, the National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency, will be speaking at the inaugural Uncemented Hips Conference later this month.

Prof Briggs, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, joins a faculty of leading experts from the UK and abroad at the independent meeting being held at the Royal College of Physicians on October 15.

Although uncemented hip replacements deliver relatively superior survival rates over time, cemented stems and cups have seen a resurgence in many countries due to their perceived better value.

Through a mixture of didactic lectures, interactive debates and specialised break-out groups, the conference will look at a range of issues around the current use and performance of uncemented hip stems.

Speakers and delegates will also explore solutions to further improve clinical outcomes and innovations in implant design, biological fixation and different surgical approaches to optimize recovery before producing a Conference Agreement of Aims.

Multi-award-winning healthcare company JRI Orthopaedics is the major sponsor of what organisers hope will be a bi-annual meeting.

In 1985, JRI Orthopaedics was the first company in the world to produce a hip implant with a Hydroxyapatite (HAC) coating enabling a biological bond with the patient’s bone and so the prospect of a hip for life.

The JRI Furlong HAC stem is still one of the leading uncemented hips on the UK market with a 13A* rating from ODEP. Its next generation uncemented hip replacement system, the Furlong Evolution, was launched in 2012 and has just received an ODEP 5A* rating – the highest award after five years of impressive clinical evidence.

Jerry Agass, Chief Executive of the Sheffield-based company, said: “We are genuinely passionate about uncemented hips and delighted to be sponsoring this independent, scientific meeting which has attracted some of the biggest names in the orthopaedic community.

“We know just how good the results are for uncemented hip replacements over time but there is a perception, that cemented stems and cups are better value.

“So, this meeting is an exciting opportunity to look at who should be having uncemented hips and when, innovations in uncemented stem design, whether the coatings be improved to prevent infection and the best surgical approaches and rehabilitation regime to further improve outcomes.”

Speakers at the Uncemented Hips Conference include leading surgeons and researchers from the UK and, internationally from Barcelona to Bejiing.

These include convenor Johan Witt, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at University College Hospitals, London and ProfGunnar Flivik, an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Lund University, Sweden, who has written over 40 articles and is actively engaged in the study of Revision Hip Arthroplasty.

For more information about the conference and to book a place go to http://uncementedhips.com/2018/programme.php

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