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ESSKA-AFAS participates in the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle

Friday 24 November 2017  
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With ESSKA scientific support, the International Society for Cartilage Repair of the Ankle (ISCRA) organised the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle on 17-18 November 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

This has been the world’s biggest event on the topic, further enrolling the support of ISAKOS, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Pitt’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

High-level specialists from six continents and 25 countries with a minimum of one PubMed publication connected to the topic participated.

This work on building a consensus around all perspectives on the topic required more than one year of work of around one hundred persons, checking for all available literature, all sources of evidence in 137 initial questions, organised in 11 working groups.

The results of this work was open for further discussion among high-level experts and the final consensus were voted and recorded wherever there was paucity for evidence-based medicine.

A lot of energy has been invested in this joint venture and AFAS expects a published outcome which we hope can improve clinical practice and guide further research.

Cartilage and osteochondral defects of the talus (OCDs) are frequent ankle disorders. In the majority of cases, patients with this pathology have a history of ankle sprains and/or fractures was discussed at the AFAS Open Meeting at Bordeaux. A recent systematic review suggested that as many as 50% of primary OCDs failed by conservative treatment. So, this is a major problem which deserves all our attention.

ESSKA-AFAS congratulates Dr John Kennedy (AFAS Board member) and Dr Richard Ferkel who started this ISCRA project, seconded by Dr James Stone.

Dr Freddie Fu was once more extraordinary in receiving this scientific event and all of the participants in his city. Two other local hosts will remain in our hearts: Dr MacCalus Hogand, and a very special THANK YOU for the biggest power engine of this project: Dr. Christopher Murawsky.

This is a relevant problem and this was an important initiative for all our patients, so ESSKA-AFAS was there. AFAS Chairman Hélder Pereira and Vice-Chairman James Calder were part of the organising team but many more ESSKA-AFAS members participated, including board members Dr Pietro Spenacchio and Dr Daniel Haverkamp. Each was proud to contribute.


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