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The ESSKA European Allograft initiative was spearheaded by the Arthroscopy, Cartilage and Basic Science Committees of ESSKA in 2018 with the specific aim of providing the data required to enable surgeons to have available appropriate options for treatment. Allografts are expensive, but as the initiative shows, they are clinically very effective. Osteochondral Allografts are highly cost effective, but data is lacking for such a statement on Meniscal Allografts. For use in ligament surgery decision making is more about cost and practical considerations.
The initiative culminated in a Special edition of KSSTA journal and a 185 page Technology Appraisal Report produced by Warwick Evidence in conjunction with Effective Evidence in the UK.
Published in ESSKA Newsletter:
The main purpose of the “Paediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Monitoring Initiative” (PAMI) is to create a novel pan-European system to collect and analyse data from orthopaedic surgeons who are treating children and adolescents with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. PAMI will provide the first large-scale, objective overview going beyond regional case studies to provide stronger scientific knowledge that will ultimately secure that children and adolescents can receive treatment following ACL injuries according to the best available evidence.
Rotational alignment of the tibial component is an important factor in the functional outcome and survival of total knee arthroplasty. The tibial rotation study group is working on the related topics and has completed the first paper on the topic, which is available here. The head of the group is Prof. Reha Tandogan.
All EKA members are welcome to contribute. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are an EKA member and would like to join this focus group.
The ESSKA Meniscus Consensus Project was started by the ESSKA Board after the Amsterdam congress in 2014. Its remit, under Philippe Beaufils and Roland Becker, two leading authorities on meniscus pathologies, is to establish a pan-European consensus for their treatment. This is not easy, given Europe's diversity of medicare. So a strict method is being applied, and with extensive consultation.
"Degenerative Meniscus Lesions" paper and abstract are available below.
The paper was presented at the Meniscus Consensus Meeting, during ESSKA's 17th Congress in Barcelona - It lists our recommendation for dealing with Degenerative Meniscus Lesions.
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