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NZ Orthopaedic Assn’s annual scientific conference


Studies into: the economic and health risks of waiting for hip replacements (a NZ first study)

informed consent for surgery – patients listen & read but how much do they retain? (to be published in the NZ Medical Journal in the last week of October)

back pain – a problem of referral?

regional variations in hip fractures (21 DHB regions have a significant difference)

new computer modelling of femurs for surgical planning

how treating war trauma in Afghanistan led to a new surgical technique (paper by a visiting doctor from India)

results of neonatal hip-screening of Dunedin babies

snowboarding and skateboarding knee injuries

treatment for adults who "toe walk" (the first study on the topic)

runners’ flat feet – the poor knowledge of foot deformities in the running community

using cow bone as a bone graft substitute in a sheep model

… are among papers being presented to the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association’s annual scientific conference at the Convention Centre in Palmerston North next week (October 21, 22 & 23.)

Details of each of the above papers & their presenters, together with a conference programme and all other information, are available from Sarah Smith by e-mail on

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