The 14th London Hip Meeting recently took place at the QE2 Centre on 10 April 2014. This event is now well established in the orthopaedic calendar and brings together experts from all over the world to discuss current issues and cutting edge debates in hip surgery.
The meeting was chaired by Professor Fares Haddad. There was a strong international faculty that included Professor Justin Cobb, Professor Peter Kaye, John Skinner, Ian Stockley, and John Timperley from the UK and Seth Greenwald, Daniel Kendoff, Paul Lachiewicz, George Haidukewych, Matthias Brostrom, and Robert Barrack from the USA.
The meeting covers the spectrum of hip surgery in short, sharp well-prepared presentations from experts that are renowned for the excellence of their delivery and they did not disappoint. The day included an update on hip preservation surgery and a debate on the best way to deal with primary total hip replacement in this day and age in a cost-conscious world. The role of hip replacement in the fractured neck of femur was extensively discussed, as was the evolving role of short cemented and cementless stems.
There was a strong session on the current role of hip resurfacing and there were excellent presentations on the management of DDH hip replacements followed by an enthralling debate on the pros and cons of the anterior versus the posterior approach.
Experts in biomechanics and retrievals as well as revision surgery presented their work on taper corrosion and the current problems we face as a result of large head metal-on-metal problems that have arisen.
After a sumptuous lunch, an ever-popular case presentation session kept the audience entertained and provided excellent education. There was a session on innovation including the use of intra-operative radiography with state-of-the-art research on the assessment of outcomes and current governance and political debates, including the role of “Beyond Compliance”.
One of the highlights of the day was a periprosthetic fracture session with Professor Clive Duncan introducing the UCS system for managing periprosthetic fractures after joint replacement. This has redefined the thinking on periprosthetic fractures all over the body and promises to set a benchmark from now on.
The very topical issue of VTE prophylaxis was updated and there were some excellent state-of-the-art presentations on complex revision surgery.
The London Hip Meeting continues to provide cutting edge material and education from a unique international faculty. It will next take place again at the QE2 Centre in London on
9 April 2015.