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mtaylor75
10-10-2006, 04:47 AM
Engineers and Surgeons: Joined at the Hip
19-21 April 2007
One Great George Street, London, UK
www.imeche.org.uk/events/hip

Abstract Deadline: 31st October 2006

This conference will bring together surgeons and engineers to discuss
the current issues related to the future development of hip
arthroplasty.

It is well-accepted that conventional hip replacement performs well in
the elderly patient, with survivorship rates in excess of 90% at 10
years. However, the current challenge is to find a viable alternative
for the young active person. Some would argue that the latest generation
of conventional hip replacements, using hard on hard articulations and
either modern cementing techniques or cementless fixation systems, are
suitable for the younger patient. However, many would argue that they
are not suitable and this has lead to the resurgence in the use of hip
resurfacing over the past five years. Although the short to mid-term
results look encouraging, there is still significant debate around the
optimal design of the bearing, choice of fixation method and appropriate
patient selection criteria.

There have also been significant advances in surgical technique over the
past 5 years, with adoption of navigation, robotic and computer assisted
surgery (CAS), as well as the development of minimally invasive
approaches. There are certainly questions about whether CAS has a
measurable impact on the performance of hip replacement, either in terms
of improved function or longevity. Minimally invasive surgery may offer
some advantages, such as quicker rehabilitation times, but the lack of
access may lead to mal-orientation of the components and the associated
increased risk in failure. So, how can we improve minimally invasive
surgery and is the development of smaller implants, e.g. short stemmed
femoral components, the way forward?

The number of revision procedures is increasing, so what happens when it
all goes wrong and the implant needs revising? As a community, do we
devote sufficient research effort to revision surgery as opposed to
primary hip arthroplasty?

One of the reasons for so many unanswered questions is that we still do
not possess the necessary tools to evaluate adequately the performance
of hip replacements in vitro or in vivo. The vast majority of
pre-clinical testing is comparative rather than predictive. What are
the challenges that need to be addressed in order to develop truly
predictive pre-clinical tests? What technologies and techniques are
available to give us greater insight into the in vivo behaviour of hip
replacement?

The main programme topics will include:

* Conventional hip replacement
* Conservative hip replacement
* Minimally invasive surgery
* Navigation, robotic and computer assisted surgery
* Revision surgery
* Clinical assessment of implant performance
* Functional assessment of hip arthroplasty
* Surveillance of hip performance
* Alternatives to hip replacement
* Tribology and wear
* Bone cement and cementing techniques
* Cementless fixation
* Experimental testing
* Computer simulation
* Musculo-skeletal modelling

Offers of Papers

If you work in this field and think others may be interested in your way
of working or the technology being developed, why not share your
knowledge and expertise by producing and presenting a paper. The first
step is to produce a synopsis of your proposed paper.

Synopses of papers comprising up to 250 words should be submitted by 31
October 2006.

Selected authors will then be invited to submit extended summaries of up
to 4 pages in length by 28 February 2007.

The Conference papers will be written and presented in English.
Although all submitted papers will be considered by the Organising
Committee, final acceptance will depend upon the Committee's decision
based on the contents of the final manuscript and receipt by 28 February
2007. The presenting author of each paper will be entitled to a
substantial reduction in the registration fee and it is the
Institution's policy that no speakers will be reimbursed any travel or
accommodation expenses. All papers will be published in a soft-bound
volume available to all Conference delegates. Authors are expected to
attend the Conference to present their work.

Conference Enquiries
Alison Payton
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ, UK
Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7304 6829
Fax: 00 44 (0)20 7222 9881
Email: a_payton@imeche.org.uk
www.imeche.org.uk/events/hip

Kind regards,

Mark

IMechE Engineers and Surgeons: Joined at the Hip Conference
London, 19-21 April 2007
Abstract deadline: 31st October 2006
www.imeche.org.uk/events/hip

Prof. Mark Taylor
Professor of Bioengineering Science

Bioengineering Science Research Group
School of Engineering Science
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

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