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ESSKA-ESA organises its second Biennial Meeting in Krakow

10 November 2017  
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The European Shoulder Associates (ESSKA-ESA) gathered for a second time, with invited guests and numerous associates, in Krakow, Poland, on 5-7 October 2017.

The format of thee Open Meetings enables them to focus on a chosen pathology of the shoulder. But this year they considered shoulder-instability in a broad sense.

305 participants from more than 30 countries attended the meeting, including attendees from other continents (Asia, Africa). ESSKA's Basic Science Committee were also part of the outstanding Faculty. Lectures and discussions were interspersed with seven live surgeries, performed at St Luke’s Hospital in Bielsko-Biala. Participants learned about the treatment of first-time shoulder dislocation, from diagnostics to conservative and operative management.

The different approaches to this problem across Europe were also discussed, and a questionnaire on the subject was held, which is currently being analysed. ESA hopes that it will create a basis for further publication. Continuing the tradition of book publishing after ESA meetings, like the recent issue “Management of Failed Shoulder Surgery”, they plan to publish a book about the treatment of shoulder instability.

Another topic we discussed was posterior and multi-directional shoulder instability. Experts described the current trends for treatment, whilst specific details and difficulties were demonstrated through live surgery. Edited videos from the operations will be available through ESSKA Academy.

After these long lectures it was time for participants to relax; to familiarise themselves with Polish culture, and with the traditional cuisine. They continued with their scientific ruminations, whilst making new friends. The atmosphere and surroundings of this medieval university city certainly enriched the meeting.

Click here to view the complete programme from the meeting.

Pictures from the event are available in the Photo Gallery.



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