DEGENERATIVE and POSTTRAUMATIC DEFORMITIES? Preserve the knee joint!
Experts estimate that up to 1/3 of knee replacement patients may have benefitted from an osteotomy instead. European Arthroplasty Registers clearly show that up to 20% of all patients with total knee prosthesis are not satisfied with their knee function, mainly because of residual stiffness and pain. Although the number of osteotomies per year is still low, scientific interest in joint preserving procedures is rising worldwide due to improvements of planning, surgical technique and implants.
Moreover, the indications for osteotomies around the knee are much broader and imply e.g. the simultaneous treatment of deformities and ligament instabilities including the patellofemoral joint. In approximately 25% of all deformity patients, the origin of malalignment is distant from the joint line and the determination of the center of rotation and angulation (CORA method) of the deformity is mandatory. Multiplanar deformities can be dealt with double osteotomies or – in the presence of soft-tissue compromise – with newly designed external fixators which allow for a simultaneous angular and limb length correction.
This 4th International Osteotomy Congress in Luxembourg is supposed to inform both young and experienced colleagues in the field of orthopedic / trauma surgery who regularly treat patients with knee OA and posttraumatic deformities. It offers a unique opportunity to gather detailed information of various techniques and implants from numerous industrial partners at a single event.
A panel of high level International experts will present their favourite treatment algorithm. Critical discussions of these presentations are guaranteed.
A number of hands-on workshops add to the practical experience.
We hope that the scientific programme will help you to maintain the state of the art of this rapidly evolving field and to help you choosing the „right“ implant for each patient.
We look forward to welcoming you in Luxembourg in November 2018.
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Pape Prof. Dr. Romain Seil