Today November 17th, the XV National SITOP Meeting was inaugurated in Bologna at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute Congress Center. The meeting, promoted by Onofrio Donzelli, director of the Rizzoli Pediatric Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department, SITOP vice president and future president for the years 2012-14, will adjourn Saturday November 19th.
The most important experts in this field and in other disciplines that contribute to diagnose and treat pediatric orthopaedic diseases will be present. Hot themes like prenatal diagnosis, road traumas in preschool children, lameness and preparation to hip prosthesis will be thoroughly discussed.
Donzelli highlights the importance of discussing prenatal diagnosis: “We see in consultation 15-20 cases per month. Families bring an ultrasound scan and ask for advice from us orthopaedic surgeons. The most frequent abnormalities are congential clubfoot, short femurs, vertebral abnormalities or congenital amputations. The problem is that today an interdisciplinary group of geneticists, ultrasound operators, neonatologists, psychologists and other professionals with expertise in the different fields who are able to stage and define a clear picture for parents who have to face these situations has not yet been constituted. Parents have to consult different specialists for advice. Communication with parents should be included among the aspects offered by this scientific pool of experts, with the aim of forming specialists with expertise in discussion of prenatal diagnosis.”
Among the topics of the Meeting, one that is of interest to the entire population is transportation safety for children. Doctors and other professionals, like police authorities that enforce road protection will outline how problems and accidents can be avoided by following simple rules. A 360° overview will be discussed from the medical, statistic, and prevention viewpoint.
Special sessions will be held for pediatric nurses and orthopaedic technicians.
SITOP, a non-profit association was founded in 1982 at the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli. Its aim is to promote scientific update, national and international collaborations, and clinical practice and research in orthopaedic and trauma pathologies in growing children.
A reference point for the scientific community, SITOP feels it necessary to analyze and improve knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders in the growing child since deformities that in the adult at times may be invalidating can be prevented by correct treatment
The first president of this Society was Prof. Alessandro Dal Monte, today honorary president of the Meeting.
The Rizzoli Pediatric Orthopaedic ward directed by Dr. Onofrio Donzelli is a point of excellence for the Institute with about 70% of patients who come from other regions of Italy and an average of 2.500 operations per year.