Doha,10 December, 2019: More than 400 orthopedic specialists will gather in Doha from 7 to 9 February, 2020 for the first Qatar Arthroplasty Conference, organized by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
The three-day Qatar Arthroplasty Conference (QACON 2020) – organized by Hamad General Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery Department, in collaboration with the HMC Medical Education Department and the Bone and Joint Center - will focus on adult hip and knee reconstruction and is expected to attract attendees from around the world.
Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to restore the function of a joint. A joint can be restored by resurfacing the bones. An artificial joint (called a prosthesis) may be used.
Dr. Mohamed Al Ateeq Al Dosari, Director of HMC’s Bone and Joint Center and QACON 2020 Chairman said the conference will allow attendees to learn from some of the world’s best arthroplasty experts.
“This First Qatar Arthroplasty Conference has already attracted well-known speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and India. We are excited to bring these international experts to Qatar for this event. During this conference, we hope to illustrate our commitment to developing educational opportunities. It is one of the ultimate goals of the Department and is part of our long-term strategy to help expand the knowledge base and surgical skills of our staff,” said Dr. Al Ateeq.
The conference features video presentations and hands-on practice sessions and workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques from international faculty and the conference will also include a full day focused on physiotherapy and its importance, both pre- and post-surgery.
Arthroplasty is a highly specialized field within orthopedics; there are approximately 300 cases of hip and knee reconstructions performed in Qatar each year.
“The specialty areas of knee and hip replacement are becoming more common in Qatar. Numerous conditions may result in the need for these procedures - for example, various types of arthritis may affect the joints. Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease which results in a loss of the cartilage or cushion in a joint, is the most common reason for arthroplasty. Other causes include deformity and dysplasia,” said Dr. Al Ateeq.
“There are many new techniques and treatments available to patients with these conditions. The type of procedure that is chosen will depend on whether the patient meets the stringent selection criteria for the various types of procedures, as well as the location of the joint damage, its severity, and the joint condition,” added Dr. Al Ateeq.