Osteoporotic hip fractures: Rising case numbers, older patients, more intricate treatments

The rate of osteoporotic hip fractures has increased by approximately two thirds in the past twenty years. The average age of the affected persons is rising, as studies presented at the 16th EFORT Congress in Prague indicate. Mortality after proximal femoral fractures remains high despite all therapeutic advances, and men have a greater mortality risk. […]

Periprosthetic knee infections: major drain on health systems, new therapeutic approaches

Infections following total knee replacements are responsible for significant healthcare costs. Contrary to established theory, single-stage revision surgery shows virtually no disadvantages over two-stage procedures.  New antibacterial coatings and the increased use of biomarkers pave the way for key advances in prevention and diagnostics for periprosthetic knee infections. Prague, 28 May 2015 – Periprosthetic infections […]

Infections following joint-replacement surgeries: Europe’s orthopaedic experts consult on how to optimize prevention and therapy strategies

For all the advances being made in this discipline, postoperative infections remain a great challenge for orthopaedists and trauma surgeons. More than 7,000 experts from around the globe are gathering in Prague for the 16th EFORT Congress to consult on ways to optimise prevention and therapy for these dreaded complications. Prague, 27 May 2015 – […]

Shoulder and elbow operations: “low-grade” infections as a growing problem

Low-grade infections following shoulder and elbow surgeries pose a growing problem that cannot be solved either through standard techniques of disinfection or through arthroscopic surgery, experts told the 16th EFORT Congress in Prague. Prague, 27 May 2015 – Postoperative infections continue to pose a major challenge in orthopaedic surgery – especially also after shoulder and […]

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