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ISIC hosts 4th International Virtual Conference on Clinical Spine and Orthopedics Biomechanics

The conference aims to improve care for spine and orthopaedics surgery patients

Over 300 experts from across the world have converged at the 4th International Virtual Conference on Clinical Spine and Orthopedics Biomechanics, to discuss various ways of improving the outcome of procedures like Robotic spine surgeon, non-fusion spine technologies, total or partial joint replacement, bone fracture repair, soft tissue repair, limb deformity correction and bone tumour removal.

The conference hosted by Indian Spinal Injuries Centre assumes importance in the wake of rising COVID cases around the world, raising the spectre of prolonged indoor stay that have increased the incidence of musculoskeletal problems in both adults and children, including strain, injuries and fractures. 

The three-day conference was attended by 315 participants, delegates comprising eminent surgeons, engineers, rehabilitation professionals, and industry representatives including 133 faculty members from India and 13 from other parts of the world. The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi was the key host for the conference in which globally-renowned academic institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Hamburg University of Technology, Germany; The University of Toledo, Ohio, the USA; and Imperial College London, the UK participated to discuss the latest developments in the field of biomechanics and incorporate them in the surgical processes.

“Understanding of human biomechanics is of paramount importance to provide optimum results of Orthopedic and spine treatment. This helps us to refine the procedures and surgeries to prevent failures in the field of spine and orthopaedics surgery, and its related branches such as rehabilitative therapies. It helps surgeons to understand the nuances of surgery in terms of implant failures, early degeneration and disorders in adjacent areas where an implant has been inserted, as well as post-surgical consequences /deformities. A recent study has found that the most common site for orthopaedic implant breaks was the shaft of the femur in patients between 17-95 years comprising more than 40 per cent of implant failures. We have also seen how staying indoors for over a year now has affected the musculoskeletal health of both adults and children. This calls for continuous scrutiny and collaboration between the surgeons and implant design professionals as well as the industry. The fact that back pain has been parallel epidemic due to sedentary lifestyle and bad posture during the pandemic and that fractures and injuries can happen even during COVID and can cause emergency makes conferences like this important for the continuous medical education (CME) – COVID has made us all realize the importance of CME and conferences in order to serve the patients faster and better,” says Dr HS Chhabra, Medical Director Cum Chief of Spine Services, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi.

Key guest faculty members at the conference were Prof Vijay Goel, Engineering Center for OrthopedicsResearch Excellence (E-CORE), University of Toledo, Prof. Andrew Goldberg Obe, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London, the UK, Dr Simon J. Pickard, Consultant Hand Shoulder & Upper Limb Surgeon, Robert Jones Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry, the UK, Dr. Gerd Huber, Chief Engineer, Institute of Biomechanics, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, Dr Puneet Monga, Consultant OrthopedicsSurgeon at the Upper Limb Unit at Wrightington Hospital, the UK, Dr Rajasekaran, Chairman of the Dept. of Orthopaedics, Trauma & Spine Surgery at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore; Chair, AOSpine International Board; Chairman, Constitution Review Committee of Asia Pacific OrthopedicsAssociation, Dr Sajan Hegde, Heads the Spine Unit at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and Past president Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Dr Arvind Jayaswal,Orthopaedic Surgeon and Head of the Department of Spine Surgery, Primus Hospital Delhi; Former Professor of OrthopedicsAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, among others.

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