Dear friends & colleagues,

Prof. Dr. Mümtaz Alpaslan The Turkish Society of Preventive Hip Surgery is an active multi-disciplinary organization of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, radiologists and physiotherapists, collaborating for the advancement of science on joint preserving hip surgery. Since its inception 6 years ago, our membership has grown to 74 active members and our financial status is robust.

Our society has organized several local and national meetings covering a wide range of topics on open and arthroscopic hip surgery. Our 3 day symposium “From Arthroscopy to Arthroplasty: Current Concepts in Hip Surgery” in Northern Cyprus in 2016 was a huge success with 110 participants. The next meeting took place in April 13-16th, 2017 again in Northern Cyprus. Our fourth annual meeting “Current Concepts in Joint Surgery” took place on April 12-15th, 2018 focusing on all aspects of hip surgery, from joint preservation to primary and revision hip arthroplasty. Our next “Current Concepts in Joint Surgery” meeting will take place on April11-14, 2019 again in Cyprus, and has become the premier meeting in Turkish focusing on joint preservation surgery and hip arthroscopy. We will continue to collaborate with our colleagues from the Turkish Society of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty to provide a comprehensive scientific program.

Our society pioneered the first hip arthroscopy course in Antalya, and went on to organize 3 consecutive meetings on the diagnosis and treatment of femoro-acetabular impingement. We are in the final stages of a comprehensive cadaver course in the fall of 2019 covering all aspects of hip preservation from periacetabular osteotomies to hip arthroscopy. This course will be supplanted with high quality videos and educational material, and provide the participants with the opportunity to perform hands on surgery under the guidance of experienced instructors.

We were one of the organizers of the symposium “Sportive Rehabilitation 2018” that took place in Istanbul on 23-24 February 2018. This meeting brought together scientists from various disciplines, each presenting their own aspect in the diagnosis and treatment of athletic soft tissue injuries. We will continue to provide scientific support to the upcoming meeting in February 2019. This concept of multi-disciplinary work coincides with our vision of bringing together scientists from various fields to work on a common goal.

We continue to actively take part in the National Orthopedic Congress and Turkish Arthroplasty Congresses; organizing sessions on joint preserving surgery. In 2017 we published a focus issue of the Turkish Journal of Orthopedics & Traumatology on the clinical diagnosis and imaging of femoro-acetabular impingement. Our activities will continue to grow as we organize meetings with local hosts throughout the country.

Global scientific collaboration and exchange of ideas has always been a priority for us. We plan to further strengthen our relations with international societies, including ISHA (International Society of Hip Arthroscopy) and other associations focusing on joint preservation.

Prof. A. Mümtaz Alpaslan
President,
Society of Preventive Hip Surgery