I was given a fantastic opportunity to participate directly in the 18th International Congress of the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association, held in the beautiful city of Muscat, Oman in November 2014.
The chance to visit old friends and make new ones, to co-chair part of the foot & ankle session and ‘great debate’ concerning ankle fusion versus ankle replacement was a real pleasure.
We discussed the international variance in ankle replacement practice, with speakers representing the German, Greek, Moroccan, UK, Egyptian and Omani perspectives. Ankle replacement remains a controversial issue and is not universally practiced in all of the represented nations.
It was a great honour to be given the opportunity to give invited lectures on ‘minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery’ and ‘revision forefoot surgery’.
Muscat is a beautiful city and the chance to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Muttrah Souk was unforgettable.