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Hospital for Special Surgery’s International Learning and Training Center Addresses Growing Need for Hip Replacements Worldwide

Hip Procedures Expected to Increase Dramatically by 2030

NEW YORK—April 1, 2008

In an effort to help orthopedic surgeons working in underserved areas in Greece continue to expand their medical knowledge and improve patient care, New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is hosting a group of 22 Greek surgeons in a two-day interactive symposium focused on hip disorders and hip replacement surgery.

According to research recently presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) annual meeting, hip replacement procedures are expected to increase by 101 percent, to 572,000 procedures, by 2030. This trend is also playing out internationally, the result of increased arthritis in the general population, an increased aging population, younger patients, and better diagnosis and treatment options.

Group photo during the symposium

“As demand around the world for hip replacements continues to grow, this educational program provides an opportunity for HSS orthopedic surgeons to share their specialized knowledge with fellow physicians from Greece,” said Douglas E. Padgett, M.D., associate attending orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Hip Service at HSS.

Funded by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, the Hip Replacement Continuing Medical Education program will cover the full spectrum of hip replacement surgery with the patient in mind. Topics to be covered include innovative surgical techniques, pre- and postoperative care, treatment of infection, and rehabilitation.

While the symposium is open to all Greek orthopedic surgeons, the goal of the program is to encourage surgeons who are early in their practicing career to take advantage of the type of educational program that isn’t always available to them in their native country.

The two-day symposium, taking place on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, will be co-chaired by Dr. Padgett and Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at HSS, and will include a live minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.

HSS surgeons perform approximately 2,800 hip replacements each year, more than anywhere else in the United States. They are consistently improving upon surgical techniques and implant technology to offer patients the greatest opportunity to return to normal function. Special Surgery has continuously opened its doors to international physicians. In the past, the hospital has hosted Japanese and Italian orthopedic surgeons in similar efforts to share knowledge.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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