By Michel Semienchuk
This May in Seoul, South Korea, the 15th WFH International Musculoskeletal Congress was held in Asia for the first time. A high-profile international event, the Congress saw over 250 delegates participate from 61 countries. A wide range of researchers, experts, and practitioners came together to discuss the current developments that are having an impact in the musculoskeletal community today.
The first day of the Congress started with a look at the current state of musculoskeletal care, the future of physiotherapy in hemophilia care, and the benefits of exercise and physical activity to patients with musculoskeletal issues. A moment of silence was observed for Lily Heijnen and Gordon Clarke—volunteers within the bleeding disorders community—to commemorate their recent passings. During the lunch session, a full tribute was given for Lily Heijnen. In addition, the Pietrogrande Award was presented to Pamela Hilliard. The afternoon also saw a number of presentations on surgical issues and kinetic chain/upper limb issues.
During the second day of the Congress, the agenda shift to non-surgical issues and synovitis. There was also a local focus, with sessions on musculoskeletal issues in South Korea, and presentations by South Korean musculoskeletal experts. Experts from the host country addressed a number of important topics, including: midterm outcomes and the pitfalls of total knee arthroplasty; anterior osteophyte resection of the ankle joint; intermediate-term outcomes of total ankle replacement; metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty; and total hip arthroplasty in hemophilic arthropathy.
The last day of the Congress featured updates on the expansion of the WFH Humanitarian Aid program, the WFH World Bleeding Disorder Registry, and the new WFH Musculoskeletal (MSK) Standardized Curriculum. The Congress closed with the Consultation Corner and a discussion of “What’s Hot and What’s Not” in the musculoskeletal community.
The 15th WFH International Musculoskeletal Congress was great success this year. Between its strong scientific program and the cultural riches of the host city, participants were treated to a unique and enriching experience. We hope to see you at the next WFH International Musculoskeletal Congress in 2019.