2013 Arthroplasty Academy launched

The new group of surgeons who will participate in the South African Smith & Nephew 2013 Arthroplasty Academy pictured here: (left to right) Dr Brian Ramasuvha - MEDUNSA, NWP, Angela Busch - Smith & Nephew, Marketing Manager Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Jabu Maseko - Smith& Nephew Sales Consultant, Dr Hlabane Sithebe - Steve Biko Academic Hospita, Pretoria, Dr Koos Jordan - Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital,  Judy Horne, MD Smith & Nephew, Africa Region centre, Dr Gian du Preez, Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, Dr Mack Rogan, Course Facilitatior, Dr Petrus Paulsen, George Provincial Hospital, Dr Emanuel Mutasa, Kroon Hospital, Kroonstad, Warren Howell, Smith & Nephew Regional Sales Manager Cape Town, Dave Roberts, Smith & Nephew Divisional Director Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Sjouke Vellema, Smith & Nephew Product Manager Orthopaedic Reconstruction Knee Portfolio, Ray Buthelezi, Smith& Nephew, Director Export and State, Dr Andrew Baker, Entabeni and Hillcrest Hospitals Durban, (Absent: Dr James Duze, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Johannesburg) 


Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology business, announced that its South African Orthopaedics Reconstruction team on 10 February 2013 launched its second Arthroplasty Academy where six surgeons from State Hospitals will be exposed to the latest technologies and world class mentoring in performing joint reconstruction surgery.

In recent years, joint replacement has become the operation of choice for most knee and hip problems. Dr Frank Peters, one of last year’s participating surgeons, was upbeat about the skills he acquired:

“The Arthroplasty Academy is such a positive initiative by Smith & Nephew. Arthroplasty is one of the specialities I want to go into and having the chance to go around the country and learn from the best surgeons is not something you would ever really get otherwise. It means that I am being trained to do these operations in the best way possible.”

Yvonne Chepkonga, Advanced Surgical Division Key Accounts Executive, Smith & Nephew, said:


“Through the academy we bring innovative, evidence-based medical devices to the state sector while simultaneously providing a significant skills enrichment opportunity for local surgeons wanting to improve their arthroplasty skills.”


Chepkonga said that six orthopaedic surgeons are selected to participate in the Athroplasty Academy and they receive intensive training over a year which includes a sawbones workshop and a cadaver workshop. Each month they go into theatre with leading hip and knee surgeons where they are exposed to technologies and different surgical techniques. The participating surgeons also spend time at the Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Implant Development Centre in Warwick, UK. 

The Arthroplasty Academy programme culminates in two community outreach projects at state hospitals were the surgeons operate on financially needy patients.  Smith & Nephew donates top quality implants and dressings and the surgeons provide the expertise, working with the hospital’s orthopaedic faculty. Chepkonga said that the Smith & Nephew Athroplasty Academy also fosters a spirit of volunteerism that enables quality elective surgery within underserved communities.


Lesley Schroeder-McLean:Fuller Insight
Communication Consultants to Smith & Nephew, Africa Region
T: +27 (0)21 7888 345 | M: +27 (0)83652 1164 | E:lesleyfi@mweb.co.za