What is The European Knee Society?
Prof. Nick London, one of the founder members of The European Knee Society, explores its origins, its role and its immunity to all things Brexit.
‘Behind closed doors’ is a phrase that tends to conjure up an impression of something secretive or furtive. But not everything that happens away from the glare of public scrutiny is suspicious. Surgeons of every discipline need safe spaces where they can raise concerns, challenge current thinking and suggest new ways forward without the feeling that their reputation is at stake with every word.
For knee surgeons, one of those safe spaces is The European Knee Society, formed a few years ago to bring together experienced specialist knee surgeons who all deal with arthritis.
Its founding aims were to work together to study and report advances in knee treatment, and to try to improve the teaching and training of knee surgery – particularly the knee replacement surgery so often used to treat osteoarthritis.
The society operates an annual closed meeting and a biannual open session. The closed meeting is a chance to present new work to the membership (we have about 80 members at present), to discuss new studies and techniques and revisit old ones.
The open meeting sees members and invited speakers present new techniques and studies to a wider audience of surgeons in training, as well as teaching established knee arthritis surgery techniques.
January’s closed conference in Megeve, France, was attended by around three quarters of the membership. I presented two sessions, one on returning to sport after joint replacement; the second on the Persona® Partial Knee implant and you can read more about both of those by following the links.
In May, the next open session of the EKS will be in Valencia, and we’ll be expecting around 500 knee surgeons and surgeons in training to attend.
The B word
Think of any European organisation and the question that naturally follows in the current climate is ‘what about Brexit?’. The simple and short answer is that Brexit doesn’t affect our work at all. British knee surgeons make up the largest contingent of EKS members, but Swiss surgeons are also amongst the most numerous and their lack of EU membership has affected the EKS’ work not one iota.
So whether there’s a deal or no deal, at least ours is one area where you really shouldn’t notice much of a change.
If you are experiencing knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis, talk to the knee specialists at Yorkshire Knee Clinic on 03453 052 579.