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Preface and Introduction

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: July 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue - p i
doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001170
Cutting-Edge Pediatric Orthopaedics 2017: A Global Perspective

The 2017 EPOSNA Precourse was held in Barcelona this year. It was entitled “Cutting-Edge Orthopaedics 2017: A Global Perspective” and focused on approaches to the hip, including slipped capital femoral epiphysis; approaches to the spine, including early onset scoliosis; approaches to the neuromuscular hip; and approaches to complex pediatric fractures. We would like to thank Dr Rudolf Ganger and Dr Jeffrey R. Sawyer for their fantastic efforts to make this collaborative effort between EPOS and POSNA such a tremendous success. We would like to thank all of our outstanding speakers for their excellent presentations and sharing their knowledge and expertise, as well as the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics for publishing these proceedings. It is the spirit of cooperation and desire to improve the quality of care for all children that drives both societies and made this meeting such a success.


Manuel C. Neves, MD, MSc, MHCM

Past-President, EPOS

James J. McCarthy, MD, MHCM

Past-President, POSNA

We are honored to serve as guest editors for this supplement to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics based on the 2017 EPOSNA Precourse in Barcelona titled Cutting-Edge Pediatric Orthopaedics 2017: A Global Perspective.

It was the goal to highlight the similarities and differences in the European (EPOS) and North American (POSNA) perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of 4 challenging problems in pediatric orthopaedics—slipped capital femoral epiphysis, complex early onset scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders with hip subluxation/dislocation, complex pediatric fractures.

We were proud that the leading experts both from POSNA and EPOS accepted our invitation as a speaker or moderator for presentations and question and answer sessions.

This supplement summarizes the global perspective in the diagnosis and treatment of these complex pediatric orthopaedic conditions. It can help to understand how different health care systems influence the diagnosis and treatment of complex pediatric problems. International discussion and collaboration is the key to improve the results for our pediatric patients.

Rudolf Ganger, MD and Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD

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