Orthopaedics Online - A Place to Share
Orthopaedics Online is the BOA’s digital resource for members to share their thoughts on all things T&O, with the aim of creating a space for shared learning with rapid dissemination. It is not meant to be a scientific journal but more for sharing experience or resources amongst the wider community. Have your say and reach a wide audience, share your experience, ask for opinions.
A writing style is the manner of expressing thought in language characteristic of an individual, period or school. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all essential building blocks, but style reflects the choice of words and narrative structure to convey meaning effectively.
Orthopaedics Online publishes articles from Orthopaedic surgeons on issues that affect the profession, patients, and the healthcare sector in general. We look for writing, which is clear, direct, and stimulating. Articles can be topical or personal but should always be informative and occasionally provocative.
Orthopaedics Online is not a scientific, peer review journal. However, data can and should be used to support discussion though we ask that any research data referred to is relevant and accurate. The content and veracity of each published submission will remain the responsibility of the submitting authors. This online publication should not be seen as a repository for scientific articles that other journals reject.
We wish to promote a ‘light touch’ editorial policy, allowing contributors to be ‘heard’ on matters of importance to themselves, their institutions, and the profession. We actively encourage articles that open and contribute to healthy debate. Word count is negotiable, but we recommend a maximum of 1,500. Photographs, illustrations and graphics are welcomed, up to six per article.
The Orthoapedics Online voice should reflect how we view ourselves as a profession, our individual and collective goals, and aspirations. To this end, as well as welcoming more formal writing styles we also encourage ‘Blogs’ which are both personal and contemporary, reflecting how issues of the day affect us all.
‘The rules are about what a writer does; style is about how the writer does it’ Wikipedia
Contributions should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line: Orthopaedics Online.
Season theme: Future Orthopaedics
Editorial by Togay Koç, O2 Editor
The future of orthopaedic surgery holds the potential to revolutionise patient care yet presents challenges, both known and unknown.
Artificial intelligence offers precision diagnostics, personalised treatment plans, and predictive analytics. Machine learning algorithms can analyse vast datasets, enhancing decision-making and optimising surgical strategies. This volume and detail of information has ethical considerations around its use and security concerns for the data.
Robotic surgery can provide unparalleled precision and efficiency. Its integration into surgery can improve accuracy, minimise invasiveness and expedite recovery. The precision of the technology can be combined with the artistry of the surgeon. However, the costs associated with robotics and the learning curve for adoption pose hurdles to widespread implementation.
Augmented and virtual reality provide immersive training environments, allowing surgeons to practice complex procedures in a risk-free setting to improve preparedness. Yet, accessibility and the need for specialised training hinder their universal application.
While technologies hold immense promise; equitable access, affordability, and ensuring that human expertise remains at the forefront will be critical in their application. The human touch and expertise of orthopaedic surgeons remain indispensable and technology should empower, not replace them.
The tools for evolution are in abundance. Do we evolve into an era of unparalleled patient care or do these tools end up exacerbating healthcare disparities?
We will be featuring a series of articles over the coming weeks, please get in touch at [email protected] if you would like to contribute.
By Usman Ahmed
29th February 2024
In this article, we will explore the current landscape of surgical simulation training in orthopaedics, examining the available technologies, their expenses, the quality of simulations, and the success rates observed. Furthermore, we will delve into future technologies that hold promise for enhancing orthopaedic surgical training... Read more.
By Nick Clement
15th February 2024
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery have long been at the forefront of medical innovation, striving to enhance patient outcomes and surgical techniques. The emergence of robotic technology has introduced a new era in this field, promising unprecedented precision... Read more.
By Omar Musbahi
1st February 2024
As any orthopaedic surgical trainee will know, being asked questions during trauma meetings can often be the most challenging part of an on-call. Often, I would spend parts of my on-call shift reading the confusing classification systems and surgical approaches... Read more.
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Please note submissions are editorially reviewed and sense checked to ensure suitability for publication, however, there is no formal peer-review process. Opinions given are the responsibility of the author(s) concerned. The BOA and editors accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statement or of any action taken as a result of any article published in Orthopaedics Online.