ESSKA-EKA brings together the opinion-leaders in the treatment of degenerative knee. This European pool of expertise aims to:

  • advance the knowledge of degenerative knee pathology and knee arthroplasty
  • provide a milieu for improving both knowledge and treatment of the arthritic knee
  • create the best environment for research
  • promote professional standards, and thereby ensure the best care for patients

Message from the Chairman

Dear ESSKA and ESSKA-EKA members,
Dear Colleagues,

Our population is ageing, with an inexorable increase in degenerative knee problems. EKA’s challenge is to maintain the current standards—from conservative treatment to joint-preservation and joint-replacement—despite these increasing numbers.

We intend to establish EKA as a benchmark for basic education, covering all aspects of joint-preservation and joint-replacement for degenerative knees. A standardised basic-course programme for osteotomy and total knee arthroplasty is in development.

It’s our idea to start these courses in Western Europe, and then expand to the Middle East and Russia. The courses will be continuously improved and professionalized, according to your feedback.

Besides the challenge of ageing population, there’s also a rapidly changing healthcare; new products, new processes, and new systems. The outside world is having an enormous impact on our daily praxis. To offer you some guidance with all this, we are setting up a focus-group on product-innovation and process-innovation. We hope to have this running in the next two years.

Product innovation is itself a hot topic, and we think it deserves a focus group. We will try for a yearly report, covering the recent developments, and with advice and guidelines. Over recent years, we have also realised that our interventions—their success or failure—don’t just depend on new products, but also on our efficiency (what we tend to call ‘process optimization’). Changing the way we work is not simple: there are lots of professionals involved, and their pay is important. ‘Fast-track’ is a fashionable buzzword, but it needs hard-evidence, and it also needs the support of management, if we are to make it work. EKA aims to provide this evidence and this support, for degenerative knee fast-track procedures.

Besides our educational activity, we are emphasising scientific activity and publication. We have put focus groups in place. Please participate in these focus groups you are very welcome. Following these focus groups, we aim to publish consensus guidelines and review papers in KSSTA.

In summary, ESSKA-EKA wants to support our members, and the emerging degenerative knee market. The new format for Open Meetings will assist this: as from 2019 all ESSKA’s Sections will hold their separate Open Meetings in the same location, as Speciality Days. There is strength together.

Working as a group, we can achieve all of EKA’s targets for 2018-2020. We can provide you—our members—with the knowledge and the skill-set, so you can keep your patients moving. We can also promote our members’ welfare, both professionally and socially. To this end, there will be a social programme for you and your partners, during our closed and open meetings.

EKA’s target is to keep our patients moving, and actively to involve all of EKA’s members. Our mission keyword is movement

Yours sincerely,

Nanne Kort
ESSKA-EKA Chairman 2018-2020

Board 2018-2020
Chairman: Nanne Kort (The Netherlands)
Past Chairman: Roland Becker (Germany)
Vice-Chairman: Michael Hirschmann (Switzerland)
Secretary: Reha Tandogan (Turkey)
Treasurer: Michael Clarius (Germany)
Education: Alfredo Schiavone Panni (Italy)
Education: Simon Donell (United Kingdom)
Membership: Bruno Violante (Italy)
Membership: Michael Liebensteiner (Austria)
Membership: Octav Russu (Romania)
Research: Antonia Chen (USA)
Research: Oliver Kessler (Switzerland)
Fellowships: José Filipe Salreta (Portugal)
Fellowships: Guillaume Demey (France)

European Knee Associates (EKA), a Section of ESSKA, was established in 2010.

2018-2020 Chairman – Nanne Kort (The Netherlands)
2015-2018 Chairman – Roland Becker (Germany)
2014-2015 Chairman – Johan Bellemans (Belgium)
2012-2014 Chairman – Jean Noël Argenson (France)
2010-2012 Chairman – Ate Wymenga (The Netherlands)