This year's Coventry Award was given to Dr. Vincent Pellegrini and his colleagues for their work, “Prevention of Readmission for Venous Thromboembolism after Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Several other papers on the topic of VDET explore the use of low molecular weight heparin, the role of duplex ultrasound screening, and aspirin as a prophylactic agent.
The Ranawat Award was given to Dr. Michael Vessely and coworkers, whose paper documents the long term survivorship and failure modes of 1000 cemented condylar knee arthroplasties.
The Insall Award paper was written by Dr. Phillip Noble and colleagues on “Factors Affecting Patient Satisfaction with Total Knee Arthroplasty.”
Several papers address computer assisted surgical techniques for knee replacement exploring whether they are indicated and, if so, how they should be used.
Since one of the greatest predictors of a total knee failing is improper surgical technique, several papers address “how to do” a knee replacement. These include descriptions of managing a preoperative flexion contracture, assessing tibial rotational alignment, avoiding patellar maltracking, and treating bone loss.
Managing the patient undergoing a revision is addressed as well. Several papers explore the use of porous tantalum augmentation, extensor mechanism allografts, and dealing with wound healing problems.
On a personal note, for the past 8 years I have represented the Knee Society as a Deputy Editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and edited those annual volumes. It is now time to pass on the mantle of responsibility to another member of our Society. During my tenure, the volume each year has increased in size and importance. Thanks to all of you who have contributed manuscripts, and all of you who have given of your time and effort to review and constructively critique these works. You all are the reason that these volumes are so well sought after.
I would specifically like to thank Drs. Carl Brighton and Dick Brand for their assistance over these past years, not only in the day to day processing of these volumes, but in helping me hone my editorial skills. I am deeply indebted to my colleagues in the Knee Society who have given me this special honor to represent them. Beginning with the AAOS meeting in San Diego I will be turning over the Deputy Editorship to Dr. Mark Pagnano. I know that under his leadership this yearly volume will continue to grow in importance.
Thanks again for a great run.
Richard S. Laskin, MD
The Hospital for Special Surgery New York, NY; and Deputy Editor of the Knee Society Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research Philadelphia, PA