Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the XXVIII FESSH & EFSHT Meeting. The event will take place in the "spaceship" venue Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from May 10th to 13th 2023. This is the third time that the FESSH Meeting has landed in Italy: Bologna and Milan have been done 1997 and 2015.

I strongly invite you to actively participate in the scientific program that has been themed "From Basic to Controversy" by the Scientific Committee of the FESSH Congress. This Joint Congress will see surgeons and therapists to join their efforts and experiences from all over the world and discuss some hot topics such as fractures and malunions of the distal radius, longitudinal instability of the forearm, flexor and extensor tendons pathologies, microsurgery, congenital and pediatric hand pathologies, failures, incorrect management of hand injuries and, finally, a very stimulating discussion and comparison of experience between expert on wrist surgery and radiologists. Three editors (Heras-Palou C, Corella F, Luchetti R) developed a legendary Instructional Book entitled "Carpal Ligament Injuries and Instability" (Thieme publisher). Fourteen expert authors have been invited to cover all the arguments on the evaluation and both open and arthroscopic management of all the instabilities of the wrist.

Those are only a minimal selection of topics we will aim to treat in this FESSH Meeting. I also aim to allow as many hand surgeons as possible to present their scientific experience through the several free paper sessions planned. Hand surgeon experts are also invited to treat various controversial topics through special planned sessions or invited lectures.

Please send us your abstracts to the FESSH secretary allowing to elevate the level of excellence of this European Meeting. Special and local social events are being planned in connection with the experienced team of professional local organizers. Furthermore, the particular location has the advantage to discover the historical background of Roman Empire allowing the participants to move between the new solutions and cultural insights with history.

I invite you to strongly consider early registration.

I hope to meet again with you and many new ones in Rimini that are welcome for the future of our profession!

See you in Rimini!

Riccardo Luchetti
FESSH Congress Chair

Dear Hand Therapists,

It is with great pleasure and privilege for the Italian Hand Therapy Association (AIRM) to invite colleagues not only from all over Europe but from around the World to come to Rimini for the next Triennial Congress of FESSH and EFSHT. The event will take place at the beautiful and modern IEG Expo - Palacongressi from May 10th to 13th 2023! SAVE THE DATE!!! This will be an occasion to unite force and strengthen cooperation between surgeons and therapists as well as sharing knowledge and experience from different countries.

I would like to personally invite you to participate in the stimulating and thought-provoking scientific program that has been themed "From Basic to Controversy" by the FESSH Congress Chair Dr. Riccardo Luchetti. This Joint Congress will allow therapists and surgeons to connect from all over the world and discuss on hot topics such as flexor tendons, wrist disorders and updates on anatomy and biomechanics. It will also be an occasion to plan future research.

We aim to encourage as many hand therapists as possible to present their scientific and clinical experience through the free paper sessions. Similarly, we are gathering a variety of experts to discuss different topics in hand rehabilitation and to lead practical workshops. We have invited a guest speaker who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of hand therapy and who will hopefully inspire many to achieve greatness in this discipline. I am honored to have Pat McKee from Canada give us keynote lectures throughout the Congress!!

Finally, surgical instructional courses will be offered free of charge to hand therapists registered to the congress. Jump on this occasion to send us your abstracts and share your experience with everyone present in this event.

The Palacongressi's maximum capacity is roughly 7,000 people and its amphitheater and large rooms will allow professionals to meet face to face in a safe manner after 2 years of long distance education. Social events are being planned as we speak by a dynamic and experienced team of professional local organizers to allow friends to catch up on what has happened in our lives during these difficult times.

The Scientific Committee and I hope to see many familiar faces but also new ones to network all together for the future of our profession!

See you in beautiful Rimini!

Silvio Tocco
EFSHT Congress Chair



FESSH Local Scientific Committee

Andrea Atzei
Bruno Battiston
Pierluigi Tos
Frank Nienstedt
David Espen
Enrico Carità
Michele Riccio
Sandra Pfanner
Giulia Pompili, Hand Therapist

FESSH International Scientific Committee

Brigitte van der Heijden
David Warwick
Gursel Lieblebicioglu
Jorma Ryhanen
Gernot Schmidle
Piotr Czaernecki
Esther Vogelin
Christianne Van Nieuwenhoven
Max Haerle
Christophe Mathoulin
Lorenzo Garagnani
Fernando Corella
Carlos Heras-Palou
Silvio Tocco, Hand Therapist

Instructional Course Book

Editors: Carlos Heras-Palou, Fernando Corella, Riccardo Luchetti
Topic: Carpal ligament injuries and instability

EFSHT Scientific Committee

Silvio Tocco
Paolo Boccolari
Michel Boutan
Katia Fournier
Alice Orts Hansen
Giulia Pompili
Ilaria Saroglia
Robbert M. Wouters


Abstract Submissions

FESSH Main topics

Peripheral nerve
Brachial Plexus (adult and paediatric)
Arthritis / arthroplasty
Fractures and dislocations
Elbow and forearm
Tendon / tendinopathy
Basic sciences / research
Hand surgery and therapy partnership
Wound healing
Innovation and technology
Sports injuries
Spasticity and tetraplegia
Soft tissue coverage
Paediatric trauma
Diagnostic Imaging
Hand surgery in pandemic event
Epidemiology / big data
Scar / fibrosis
Amputation / prosthesis

EFSHT Main topics

Brachial Plexus
Complex Trauma
Soft Tissue Loss
Soft Tissue Trauma
Congenital Malformations
Flexor Tendons
Extensor Tendons
Dupuytren's Disease
Innovative Aspects in Hand Rehabilitation
Physical Modalities
Occupational-based Interventions/Ergonomics
Lymphatic Problems of the Hand and UE
Nerve Injury & Repair Rehab
Wrist Fractures
Hand Fractures
Wrist Instability
Graded Motor Imagery
Ulnar Sided Pain
Tendon Transfer
3D Printing

Presentation types

Oral presentations
E-poster presentation

Publication of abstracts

Abstracts of accepted oral presentations will be published as an online supplement of Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume).


Submission deadline: 15 October 2022

Notification to authors: 15 January 2023

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Congress Venue

Palacongressi di Rimini
Via della Fiera 23
47923 Rimini (RN) Italy

Getting here

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Bologna's International "Guglielmo Marconi" airport is approximately 100 km away from Rimini by motorway and can be reached in an hour, also with shuttle buses or private vehicles. It guarantees daily links with major Italian, European and international cities, served by the main international airlines. 
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Thanks to the motorway network, Rimini is well connected with the rest of Italy and Europe. It lies on the A14 Milano-Bari motorway, and is served by two exits: Rimini Nord and Rimini Sud. With the A14, from Rimini it is easy to reach the A4 to Venice and the A22 to the Brenner pass. Florence, Rome and Naples are equally accessible with the A1 motorway. 
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The Palacongressi di Rimini Conference Centre is connected to the railwail station through the bus line N.7 
The rail network also helps to link the Rimini Riviera with the rest of Italy. From Rimini station, just 1.5 km from the Palacongressi, you can conveniently reach also by high speed connections, Bologna in 1 hour, Milan in 2 hours and Rome in less than 4 hours. For further information: