Many highlights at EFORT 2013


The 600 papers that will be presented in oral presentations and lectures at the 14th Congress of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT; 5-8 June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey) represent some of the many highlights of this year’s conference.

According to an EFORT press release, EFORT is the most important scientific event for orthopaedists and trauma surgeons at the European level. The press release added that in putting together the programme, EFORT organisers had much to choose from. More than 4,000 abstracts were submitted, with approximately half of these passing the selection process—600 papers will be presented in lectures and oral presentations, and the rest to be presented and discussed in poster sessions.


The press release explained that the subjects to be dealt with at this year’s congress go beyond the field of orthopaedics and touch on collaboration with other specialties. “One of the scientific focal points this year is the subject of haemophilia in relation to orthopaedic-surgical and traumatological issues,” said the chairman of the EFORT Scientific Committee, Enric Caceres (Hospital Universitari Vall d`Hebron, Barcelona). He added that another highlight of the congress, an issue encountered often in daily practice, will be the important area of treatment of infected fractures. “Infection and the question of how to avoid it are of great significance for every orthopaedic surgeon, regardless of his or her specific specialisation,” said EFORT president Pierre Hoffmeyer (Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève).


A number of lectures will be given by renowned international experts on injuries to the spine. One session will focus on the standard treatment of spinal metastases.