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Editorial Comment

Laskin, Richard S., MD

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®: November 2002 - Volume 404 - Issue - p 1-2
SECTION I SYMPOSIUM: The Papers Presented at the Knee Society Meeting 2002

New York, NY

From The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY.

Reprint requests to Richard S. Laskin, MD, The Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 E. 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.

DOI: 10.1097/01.blo.0000036006.79774.7e

The annual combined meeting of the Knee Society and the Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons at the Academy meeting in Dallas this year was a sell-out. The Education Committee of the Knee Society assembled a program of symposia and free papers covering what was the state of the art of knee replacement in 2002.

The Interim Meeting of the Knee Society this past year was scheduled to be held in San Diego on September 13, 2002, hosted by our President, Dr. Clifford Colwell. Obviously, the horror of September 11 led to a decision to cancel the meeting. The Knee Society would like to express its profound thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Colwell for the time and effort that they put in planning this meeting, and the sorrow with having to cancel it. We have agreed, however, to include some of the peer-reviewed papers that would have been presented at that venue in this volume.

As in past years, this volume will begin with the three award papers. The Insall Award paper by Sharkey and coworkers is entitled “Why are total knee arthroplasties failing today?” The Coventry Award paper, given for excellence in basic science research, by Surace and coworkers is entitled “Backsurface wear and deformation in polyethylene tibial inserts retrieved postmortem.” The Ranawat Award, given for excellence in surgical technique, was awarded to Kanamiya and coworkers for their paper entitled “Effect of selective lateral ligament release on stability in total knee arthroplasty.”

There were five sessions at this year’s meeting. These were on long-term followup after total knee arthroplasty, polyethylene wear in total knee arthroplasty, total knee replacement in young patients, salvage of the infected total knee replacement, and revision total knee replacement. The committee has included peer-reviewed manuscripts from the nonsymposium academic papers presented at the meeting as well.

This has been a trying year for us all; however, we have managed to come through it with the confidence that comes from being able to help patients and alleviate their pain. Knee replacement surgery does just that.

Several months ago, the members of the Knee Society learned that Dr. Carl Brighton would be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research at the end of this year. We would like to express our appreciation for all that Dr. Brighton has done for and with us during the past years and would like to wish him well in his future endeavors.

  • Education Committee
  • Dr. Aaron Hofmann, Chairman
  • Dr. Michael Kelly
  • Dr. Richard Laskin
  • Dr. Michael Keating
  • Dr. Robert Barrack
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