The first international conference on Sports Hip Surgery has been held at the University of Warwick.
The conference drew together 110 international experts in the care of people with hip and groin problems. Surgeons, radiologists and physiotherapists from the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and the USA discussed techniques of diagnosis and treatment, including the latest advances in arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery for the hip and ways to prevent the development of hip arthritis.
Professor Damian Griffin, an orthopaedic surgeon from Warwick Medical School, organised the conference. He is an international expert on hip arthroscopy, and is excited by the prospects of the new techniques being developed at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
"We now know that we can perform keyhole surgery on the hip to treat groin pain brought on by sport, even in very high demand athletes", Professor Griffin says. "But an even bigger opportunity is the chance to treat people's hips very early in the process of wear and tear: we are more and more confident that we can slow down the development of severe arthritis and delay the need for hip replacement."
The two-day conference, which ran from October 30, 2006, included the first practical course ever run in the UK to train surgeons in hip arthroscopy.