By: 7 January 2019
First uncemented hips  conference attracts leading  names in orthopaedic community

Nearly 60 per cent of delegates said they would be re-evaluating their practice after attending the inaugural Uncemented Hips Conference

The high-profile event at the Royal College of Physicians was attended by 100 delegates who heard from leading orthopaedic surgeons from across the UK and internationally.

These included Prof Tim Briggs, the National Director of ClinicalQuality and Efficiency, and convenor Johan Witt, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at University College Hospitals, London.

Prof Briggs highlighted the ‘perfect storm’ of rising demand from an ageing population living longer and expecting to remain active, coupled with increased obesity levels and huge budgetary pressures.

Greater efficiencies and evidence-based procurement and procedure selection were vital to improve patient experiences and outcomes and to deliver the savings necessary to avoid further barriers to patient selection and rationing using BMI and Oxford Hip scores.

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

We at JRI Orthopaedics are delighted to be headline sponsor of what will now be a bi-annual event. We are genuinely passionate about uncemented hips and know just how good the results are over time but there is a perception that cemented stems and cups are better value.

The meeting was certainly an exciting opportunity to look at who should be having uncemented hips, innovations in uncemented stem design, whether the coatings can be improved and the best surgical approaches and rehabilitation regimes to further improve outcomes.

From delegates’ interactive polling, a patient’s activity levels (50per cent) and age (42 per cent) were the two most important factors when deciding whether to use a cemented or uncemented prosthesis. And 84 per cent of attendees said they would use a cementless stem and cup in patients under 50 years of age.

During the conference, the growth of hybrids was highlighted along with the potential role of 3D template printing and a general push for less invasive surgery.

It was clear from the sessions and debates that there are still improvements that both industry and clinicians can make to uncemented hips. Almost70 per cent of delegates said that the biological fixation could be bettered and over half would welcome any developments that would help eliminate

JRI Orthopaedics is aiming to set up a global research and development centre in the UK and we will certainly be looking at some of these areas including ways to further improve early periprosthetic fractures.

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

These included Gunnar Flivik, an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Lund University, Sweden, who has written more than 40 articles and is actively engaged in the study of Revision Hip Arthroplasty andDouglas Dunlop, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Southampton UniversityHospital NHS Trust, with a special interest in hip surgery.