Synopsis of the 2021 BHAC which returns as a face-to-face event following the seismic paradigm shift in everyday life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
Two days of excitement and orthopaedic information overload at the 2021 BHAC which was back as a face-to-face event following the seismic paradigm shift caused by the coronavirus pandemic and many lockdowns since March 2020.
My thanks for the generous support of our sponsors and to the team at Clockwork Medical for facilitating the organisers and faculty to provide a thrilling orthopaedic meeting for our attendees who, as always, shaped the meeting through their enthusiastic interaction.
Thanks also to Srikanth, the SSOC and partners, and the VIDOCTO team who were responsible for bringing the conference to the door of orthopaedic friends and colleagues in India. The virtual world has allowed us to spread the in-depth knowledge from the BHAC across the globe.
It was appropriate to start the meeting with issues relating to the impact of COVID-19, highlighting the change in working practices and the challenges which face orthopaedic surgeons in the future.
Prof Sophie Williams gave a stellar lecture on the Mechanical Degradation of the Natural Hip and provided insight into how an engineering academic is striving to enlighten us with details of the load force and motion of the hip joint when performing different daily functional, recreational and sporting activities.
The meeting focussed on new developments brought about by technological changes, the issues relating to prosthetic hip joint infection, the young adult hip, fracture management and trauma of the pelvis and femur.
There was much emphasis on spino-pelvic considerations in relation to the positioning of a hip device and the potential this has to extend the survival of a total hip replacement over time.
Ian Harding provided a spinal surgeon’s view on the link between the spine and pelvis, and the functioning hip joint. Prof Richard King presented a lecture on guidance with regard to dynamic hip planning, while Prof Xavier Griffin updated delegates on The World Hip Trauma Evaluation (WHiTE) protocol.
This year we introduced “Chill out and Chat Sessions” where small groups of delegates could interact with faculty members, engaging and developing in-depth understanding about specific subjects.
The course ended with quick fire questions - “Ask the Expert” - and a session where everyone could discuss “Challenging Cases”.
The BHAC 2021 was an overwhelming success.