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  • 25/04/2022 16:51 | Anonymous


    PLEASE NOTE - All submitted abstracts for the postponed 2021 meeting have been carried over. All previous submitters have been communicated to with options. If you wish to withdraw your abstracts, please email abstracts@britscoliosis.org.uk or ukssb@boa.ac.uk with your four digit abstract reference number.

    The 44th Annual Meeting of the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) will take place in person at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, 2nd to 4th November 2022.

    Currently the BSS asking for abstract submissions for this event, where there will be opportunities to showcase via oral presentations or posters to all delegates at this face-to-face meeting, one of the first opportunities since the pandemic to do so.

    The deadline for submissions is Midday on Wednesday 10th August 2022

    After the deadline closes, abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges and we hope to notify all submitters within a month of the closure of submissions.

    Please visit our dedicated submission portal at: https://flame.firebird.systems/archer-yates/BSS2022/MySubmissions

    If you have any questions, queries or issues with submitting abstracts then please contact us by email at abstracts@britscoliosis.org.uk or our administrative support at ukssb@boa.ac.uk

    For more information on the conference, including registration, visit https://britscoliosis.org.uk/BSS2022 and follow us on Twitter (@BritScoliosis) for further updates.

    We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in Edinburgh in November.


  • 09/11/2021 17:00 | Anonymous

    The British Scoliosis Society (BSS) are proud to announce that on the evening of Thursday 25th November 2021, starting at 6:30pm (18:30), there will be Webinars on 'Life after MAGEC' and 'Navigation/enabling tech in Paediatric scoliosis surgery', followed by the 2021 AGM for the BSS.

    Registration is required to attend, and is only open to BSS members (and applicant members)

    To register, please follow the links in the member news area (login required)

  • 25/06/2021 13:43 | Anonymous

    PDF Version: 210625 - BSS MAGEC Patient Information.pdf


    MAGEC Growing Rods

    British Scoliosis Society Patient Information

    NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics Inc., (the company that manufactures MAGEC growing rods) and the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have released statements that announce the CE certification for the MAGEC growing rod system has been temporarily suspended and we should not implant any more MAGEC growing rods in the UK until further notice. The reasons for this are complicated but include concerns about failure of the rods and the ability of the rods to continue lengthening using the external magnet.

    If your child is due for surgery using the MAGEC growing rods, this will not be possible and we do not know when MAGEC rods will be available for use in the UK again. Your surgeon will discuss the other available options for treating your child.

    If your child still has the MAGEC growing rods then your surgeon will continue to monitor your child and lengthen the MAGEC growing rods in clinic. X-rays must be taken every 6 months and your surgeon will compare these with previous x-rays to look for any problems and confirm that the rods are still lengthening. The rods only need removing if the device has broken, is not lengthening anymore, has reached the end of distraction or has been implanted for 6 years. The rods will be removed as soon as possible in these circumstances or once treatment has ended, and your surgeon will discuss the options for your child.

    If your child previously had MAGEC growing rods but they have been removed, then no further action is required.

    For additional information please go the British Scoliosis Society Website where the MHRA and NuVasive documents can be found. If you still have concerns, please contact your surgical team who will be happy to discuss things further.

    Additional Links:

    NuVasive Company Statement - MAGEC and Precice CE Mark (nuvasive.com)

    GOV.UK Targeted communication: CE mark suspended for all MAGEC systems manufactured by NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc. (gov.uk)


  • 16/06/2021 13:56 | Anonymous

    Dear BASS and BSS Members,

    The 2022 BOA Future Leaders Programme (FLP) has launched and applications are now open.
    Both the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) will be sponsoring one fellow each for the 2022 FLP. These two places are only open to members of BASS and BSS. Applications will close on 6th September 2021.

    To be eligible to take part in the programme, when the programme runs, you must be either:
    •    A senior trainee (ST8 or above)
    •    A newly appointed consultant (less than 3 years)
    •    An SAS Surgeon (FRCS Tr & Orth)
    •    A post-CCT Surgeon

    The successful candidate must also be a BOA member when the programme runs to be eligible to take part.
    BASS and BSS will have panels to select the successful candidate for these society-funded places. All applications will be anonymised by the BOA to reduce the potential for unconscious bias.

    Please download the Main BOA Future Leaders Programme application form, provide your CV and complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form. Send your completed application to policy@boa.ac.uk

    More information on the FLP and how to apply is on the BOA website at boa.ac.uk/flp

  • 04/06/2021 17:00 | Anonymous

    BSS 2021 is taking place at Surgeons Quarter, Edinburgh on 25-26 November 2021 and now accepting abstract submissions.
    Deadline for submissions will be 17:00 (5pm) UTC on Friday 10th September 2021
    For more information, visit: https://flame.firebird.systems/archer-yates/BSS2021/MySubmissions

  • 20/05/2021 12:00 | Anonymous


    Are you completing a research project or data collection exercise you want to have a wider reach with your peers and colleagues?

    BSS have some options available for survey distributions:

     - BSS members can log in to the BSS forums (login required) and encourage others to complete the survey and debate on their own dedicated thread

    - Anyone can request a survey distribution to go BSS members by email via the UKSSB Newsletter. To access the request form and for more information, visit: https://www.ukssb.com/survey-distributions

  • 07/04/2021 14:37 | Anonymous

    PDF Statement: 210407 - BSS-BASS Statement.pdf

    A recent publication of a paper in Bone and Joint Journal highlighted the “worse than death” quality of life scores for a number of patients in pain from arthritis of the hip and knee with lengthened wait times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.1

    As spine surgeons managing patients in severe pain due to arthritic conditions as well as severe pain and despair from nerve root compression, we very much echo the concerns from our arthroplasty colleagues about our patient groups.

    There are many patients now waiting many months for pain relieving interventions that have not been able to access elective lists due to the capacity issues related to the pandemic. These interventions usually come at the end of a conservative trial that has already failed, meaning that there is no other alternative for these patients whilst waiting. In addition, we have all seen patients progress to neurological compromise during the pandemic, requiring unplanned urgent or emergent surgery as a consequence. Unfortunately, on some occasions these can be irreversible changes. Children with spine deformity have also progressed in terms of their disease whilst waiting.

    As organisations with clinician members concerned about the welfare of our patients, we urge that NHS bodies and Trusts work with us to find sustainable solutions to restart elective work in a safe way that allows equity of access to “COVID green” pathways, critical care facilities and MRSA screened facilities for spine surgery patients. We recognise that care needs to be focussed on clinical priorities, but welcome reassurance that the FSSA prioritisation categories are honoured regardless of underlying surgical condition. We also urge that resources are used to improve the well-being of all patients with awful pain that are awaiting surgery as soon as possible.


    References:
    1 https://online.boneandjoint.org.uk/doi/full/10.1302/0301-620X.103B.BJJ-2021-0104.R1


  • 02/10/2020 14:42 | Anonymous

    The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) recorded six webinars for the British Orthopaedic Association 2020 Virtual Congress revalidation sessions. 

    To view each of the videos, click the links below:

  • 18/04/2019 15:00 | Anonymous

    Showcase your research at BSS2019 - Cardiff

    We are looking for submissions of abstracts for both oral and/or poster presentations, so please submit your research for consideration.

    There will be awards and prizes for the best presentations, along with publication of all successfully selected and presented abstracts after the event (specific journal TBC)

    The deadline for submissions is 23:59 on Tuesday 1st August 2019

    Link to portal: https://flame.firebird.systems/archer-yates/BSS2019/mysubmissions/

    Submissions will NOT be accepted after this date. A review process will take place after closing and we intend to notify successful submitting authors by the end of August 2019.

    If you encounter any issues whilst submitting your abstracts, please contact our administrative support at ukssb@boa.ac.uk, or the BSS2019 event managers on bss@archer-yates.co.uk for assistance.

    We are very excited to receive your abstracts, and look forward to seeing you in Cardiff in November!


  • 01/02/2019 12:00 | Anonymous

    PARIS - Dr. Yves Cotrel passed away January 29, 2019, at the age of 93.

    Recognized worldwide as the inventor of groundbreaking implantable spinal instrumentation, Yves Cotrel revolutionized scoliosis surgery in 1983. Developed with Jean Dubousset, orthopedic surgeon from Saint-Vincent de Paul in Paris, the CD instrumentation (Cotrel-Dubousset) makes it possible to correct the alignment of the vertebral column and to consolidate the straightened segment. Thanks to the very high stab

    “The story of my professional life has been marked by unforeseen and sometimes traumatic events....While I was destined for the career of obstetrician and planned to settle in Brittany, I was suddenly sent to Berck, in the north of France, to become an orthopedic surgeon. I would stay there for thirty years."

    Born April 27, 1925 in Dinan, Yves Cotrel devoted his lif

    ility of the CD assembly, uncomfortable plaster casts and corsets that patients were required to wear for nearly a year after the operation, were rendered unnecessary. To date, the CD devices have been implanted in more than two million patients worldwide.

    e to scoliosis. From 1948 on, as head of the orthopedic department of the Institut Calot of Berck, France, he dedicated his expertise and empathy to serve his patients, who were often very young, and at the time were condemned to cumbersome, unsightly treatments, and long periods of immobilization at the hospital.

    In 1975, he experienced three successive cardiac arrests forcing him to stop all professional activity. Unemployed, he discovered a vocation as a researcher. He could then put to use the sense of innovation he had acquired during a six month fellowship in United States in 1958 when he became familiar with the American techniques of the time. Three years later, a whole new implantable metal instrumentation emerged from a modest DIY workshop in his house in Brittany.

    Although declared "permanently disabled," nothing shook his passion, his curiosity, or his desire for action. He travelled the world to train surgeons in the new technique; he attended classes and lectures,

    one after another, and participated in exchanges of professional societies and welcomed fellows to Paris from all over the world.

    In 1999, with the agreement of his wife Marie-Lou and their eight children, this man of passion, heart, and science created, under the auspices of the Institut de France, a foundation * for research on pathologies of the spine, which bears his name. "I wish that with the means, which I now have today at my disposal, to serve to continue the research for the benefit of a pathology to which I received the mission to work ..."

    Today, the Cotrel Foundation supports more than 60 teams of researchers from around the world to take up Dr. Yves Cotrel's challenge: to reveal the secrets of idiopathic scoliosis, its causes and mechanisms of evolution.

    According to his wishes, donations to the Cotrel - Institut de France * Foundation would be preferred to flowers.

    *www.fondationcotrel.org


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