Fractures in the over-70s – staying out of care homes

Age-related injuries such as femoral neck fractures often result in care dependency. But it does not necessarily have to be that way, as confirmed by Prof. Tim Pohlemann at the 17th EFORT Annual Congress in Geneva. Thanks to multidisciplinary orthoegeriatric rehabilitation concepts, people aged over 70 can now reap the rewards of the latest advances […]

Artificial hip joints and obesity: Risk of complications rises with BMI but benefits predominate

An increasing number of obese individuals need artificial hip joints but surgery can be difficult precisely for this patient group. Experts at the 17th EFORT Congress in Geneva discussed what can be done to reduce risk factors and to ensure successful hip replacement procedures. Geneva, 2 June 2016 – Every tenth patient who receives an […]

Prevention is the key: EFORT calls for better frameworks to keep people moving and active

Prevention is better than cure: as life expectancies continue to rise, EFORT experts call for greater political will to enable everyone to enjoy an active life into old age. Early childhood education programmes promote better body awareness and enthusiasm for exercise regardless of the financial status of parents. For the elderly, environments need to be […]

Learning from actual practice: registry studies promote quality treatment

Data collections surrounding joint implants and orthopaedic interventions often do a better job than clinical studies in revealing the strengths and weaknesses of artificial joints. The data situation for endoprosthetic registries could still stand improvement, however. EFORT wants to change that with its initiative “NORE” according to EFORT experts. Geneva, 1 June 2016 – What […]

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 […]

Online orthopaedic information often of low quality, difficult to understand and commercially motivated

Web users searching for information on orthopaedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements often come across dubious content, according to recent studies presented at the EFORT Congress in London. Only 14 percent of sites offering high-quality information are understandable for members of the general public. Experts recommended that users give preference to sites certified […]

Fractures in the elderly: a major challenge for health systems in the future

Epidemiological trends indicate that annual cases of hip fracture in Europe will double by 2050, experts told the EFORT Congress in London. Better data on fractures in elderly people are needed in order to plan the resources required and to optimise prevention strategies. Recent studies show that the number of trauma admissions related to road […]

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