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The Finnish Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery hosted the 8th Nordic Shoulder and Elbow Conference in Helsinki 16.-17.5.2019.



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The Finnish Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (FSSES)

Suomen Olkakirurginen Yhdistys (SOKY)


The Finnish Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery was founded in 2002. The object of FSSES is to promote surgical skills, understanding and research in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery.

We organize two annual conferences for our members. The conferences take place at different locations around Finland. The board of the society and new members will be elected in the general meeting of FSSES that will be held every spring. We aim to strengthen co-operation between specialists that are involved in treating patients with shoulder or elbow disorders.

Our society will host the 8th Triennial Nordic Shoulder and Elbow Conference to be held in Helsinki, Finland on the 16-17 of May 2019.


You may apply for membership to FSSS if you are interested in and/or practice shoulder and elbow surgery on daily basis. In order to be accepted your application must be endorsed by two current members of the society. Members from industry are also welcome.


One priority of FSSES is to provide a network for research collaborations. Especially, our members conduct several multicenter randomized controlled trials in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery such as; operative versus non-operative management of shoulder impingement syndrome (Paavola et al 2017 and Identifier: NCT00637013) and rotator cuff tear (NCT00695981, Kukkonen et al 2014, Kukkonen et al 2015), traumatic shoulder instability (NCT02885714) and proximal humeral fractures (Launonen et al 2012). Members of our society also participate in preparation of national current care guidelines.


We work closely with the Finnish Orthopaedic Association.

BOARD members:

Ilkka Sinisaari, Chairman

Juha Paloneva, Secretary

Juha Kukkonen, Tresurer

Urho Väätäinen

Janne Lehtinen

Kaisa Lehtimäki

Janne Keskinen, Industry board member

Recent Publications:

Nordic Innovative Trials to Evaluate osteoPorotic Fractures (NITEP) Collaboration: The Nordic DeltaCon Trial protocol-non-operative treatment versus reversed total shoulder arthroplasty in patients 65 years of age and older with a displaced proximal humerus fracture: a prospective, randomised controlled trial. Launonen AP, Fjalestad T, Laitinen MK, Lähdeoja T, Ekholm C, Wagle T, Mattila VM; NITEP-group. BMJ Open. 2019 Jan 29;9(1):e024916.

Subacromial decompression surgery for rotator cuff disease. Karjalainen TV, Jain NB, Page CM, Lähdeoja TA, Johnston RV, Salamh P, Kavaja L, Ardern CL, Agarwal A, Vandvik PO, Buchbinder R. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Jan 17;1:CD005619.

Subacromial decompression surgery for adults with shoulder pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Lähdeoja T, Karjalainen T, Jokihaara J, Salamh P, Kavaja L, Agarwal A, Winters M, Buchbinder R, Guyatt G, Vandvik PO, Ardern CL. Br J Sports Med. 2019 Jan 15. pii: bjsports-2018-100486.

Treatment after traumatic shoulder dislocation: a systematic review with a network meta-analysis. Kavaja L, Lähdeoja T, Malmivaara A, Paavola M. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Dec;52(23):1498-1506.

Intraobserver and interobserver reliability of recategorized Neer classification in differentiating 2-part surgical neck fractures from multi-fragmented proximal humeral fractures in 116 patients. Sumrein BO, Mattila VM, Lepola V, Laitinen MK, Launonen AP; NITEP Group. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Oct;27(10):1756-1761.

Risk and risk factors for revision after primary reverse shoulder arthroplasty for cuff tear arthropathy and osteoarthritis: a Nordic Arthroplasty Register Association study. Lehtimäki K, Rasmussen JV, Mokka J, Salomonsson B, Hole R, Jensen SL, Äärimaa V. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Sep;27(9):1596-1601.

Subacromial decompression versus diagnostic arthroscopy for shoulder impingement: randomised, placebo surgery controlled clinical trial. Paavola M, Malmivaara A, Taimela S, Kanto K, Inkinen J, Kalske J, Sinisaari I, Savolainen V, Ranstam J, Järvinen TLN; Finnish Subacromial Impingement Arthroscopy Controlled Trial (FIMPACT) Investigators. BMJ. 2018 Jul 19;362:k2860.

Increasing incidence of primary shoulder arthroplasty in Finland – a nationwide registry study. Harjula JNE, Paloneva J, Haapakoski J, Kukkonen J, Äärimaa V; Finnish Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry Group. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018 Jul 21;19(1):245.

Long-term results of arthroscopic Bankart repair: Minimum 10 years of follow-up. Flinkkilä T, Knape R, Sirniö K, Ohtonen P, Leppilahti J. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Jan;26(1):94-99.

Discovery Elbow System: clinical and radiological results after 2- to 10-year follow-up. Hänninen P, Niinimäki T, Flinkkilä T, Niinimäki J, Ohtonen P, Yli-Luukko S, Leppilahti J. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2017 Oct;27(7):901-907.

Surgery or conservative treatment for rotator cuff tear: a meta-analysis. Ryösä A, Laimi K, Äärimaa V, Lehtimäki K, Kukkonen J, Saltychev M. Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Jul;39(14):1357-1363.

Trends in the Incidence of Clavicle Fractures and Surgical Repair in Sweden: 2001-2012. Huttunen TT, Launonen AP, Berg HE, Lepola V, Felländer-Tsai L, Mattila VM. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Nov 2;98(21):1837-1842.

[Update on current care guidelines: The tendon disorders of the shoulder]. Lepola V, Paloneva J, Huuskonen M, Karppinen J, Mattila K, Mattila VM, Raittinen J, Rautiainen J, Takala E-P, Äärimaa V.Duodecim. 2015;131(2):194-5. Finnish.

Treatment of Nontraumatic Rotator Cuff Tears: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Two Years of Clinical and Imaging Follow-up. Kukkonen J, Joukainen A, Lehtinen J, Mattila KT, Tuominen EK, Kauko T, Äärimaa V. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Nov 4;97(21):1729-37

Increasing incidence of rotator cuff repairs–A nationwide registry study in Finland. Paloneva J, Lepola V, Äärimaa V, Joukainen A, Ylinen J, Mattila VM. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015 Aug 12;16:189.

Treatment of proximal humerus fractures in the elderly: a systemic review of 409 patients. Launonen AP, Lepola V, Flinkkilä T, Laitinen M, Paavola M, Malmivaara A. Acta Orthop. 2015 Jun;86(3):280-5.

The effect of tear size on the treatment outcome of operatively treated rotator cuff tears. Kukkonen J, Kauko T, Virolainen P, Äärimaa V. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Feb;23(2):567-72.

Treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears: A randomised controlled trial with one-year clinical results. Kukkonen J, Joukainen A, Lehtinen J, Mattila KT, Tuominen EK, Kauko T, Aärimaa V. Bone Joint J. 2014 Jan;96-B(1):75-81

Investigating minimal clinically important difference for Constant score in patients undergoing rotator cuff surgery. Kukkonen J, Kauko T, Vahlberg T, Joukainen A, Aärimaa V. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Dec;22(12):1650-5.

 Conservative treatment, plate fixation, or prosthesis for proximal humeral fracture. A prospective randomized study. Launonen AP, Lepola V, Flinkkilä T, Strandberg N, Ojanperä J, Rissanen P, Malmivaara A, Mattila VM, Elo P, Viljakka T, Laitinen M. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012 Sep 7;13:167.