Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
N.P. Kort, MD, PhD
Here we are. What seemed like a never-ending project is now completed. I would never have been able to do this alone, and am indebted to many people. I would like to extend special thanks to some of you.
Dr. J.J.A.M. van Raay – Jos, you were my educator after Robbie, and you too were able to inspire me and guide me in the dissertation trajectory. From the beginning it was clear that you would become my co-supervisor. You also provided me with a first-rate peripheral training during which I was given a great deal of responsibility.
Prof. S.J. Bulstra – Sjoerd, I was fortunate to have you come on board as new supervisor in the most difficult phase. At a despairing moment you knew how to inspire me to get through the last details. I am so grateful that you took this role.
Dr. R. Deutman – Robbie, you awakened my interest in the unicompartmental knee prosthesis. Your enthusiasm inspired me to turn this into a scientific and academic project. For this I am greatly indebted to you.
My fellow orthopaedic surgeons at the Martini Hospital – you contributed importantly with patients’ inclusions and by providing all the data. Upon finishing my doctoral work, filling in all the questionnaires at patient controls is now fortunately a thing of the past.
My sincerest gratitude goes to the Orthopaedics Secretariat at the Martini Hospital for the enjoyable cooperation and tremendous help with the administrative aspects, which continued after I left the Martini Hospital.
Among all former fellow assistants who also contributed, I want to extend special thanks to Dirk-Jan Wever and Jan van Beveren for their help with the inclusions and filling in all the paperwork.
I wish to thank the doctoral committee, comprised of Prof. dr. J. Bellemans, Prof. dr. R.L. Diercks and Prof. dr. J.A.N. Verhaar, for evaluating the manuscript.
Fellow orthopaedic surgeons of University Medical Center Groningen, Delfzicht in Delftzijl, Nij Smellinghe in Drachten, Isala Clinics at its Weezenlande location in Zwolle, OLVG in Amsterdam, Gelderse Vallei in Ede and the Tjongerschans in Heerenveen – I am grateful for the participation in projects like the multi-centre study, which requires a lot of time and input. Unfortunately, the logistics were not feasible for me, and it is really too bad that for this reason the project never really got started.
My current fellow orthopaedic surgeons, Aart, Frits, Hans and Pieter – when we met I already had a good feeling about us, and now that we are actually working together I see that my instincts were right. Besides an enjoyable collaboration, you gave me all the space I needed to complete my dissertation. A special appreciation goes to Frits for doing extensive translation of my ‘Papiamento Dutch’ into decent, readable Dutch.
Thank you, Ruth Rose, for your English-language translation and editing work.
To my parents – although your role here is less conspicuous, it is not any less important, because distance it not an issue. You allowed me to explore the world without a care, and gave me the space to develop. I am so thankful to you for this.
My dear brother Harro, my sister-in-law Helen, Kirstin and Kevin – because of the large distance to Curaçao we don’t see each other so much. It is a precious gift to have you as a family.
My dear sister-in-law Ilka and her children Ifran and Mila, it’s great to have family that you know you can always count on.
Frans and Els, my parents-in-law – I will never forget our Mexican dinner in Amsterdam. The words pride, commitment and love come to mind. You have an important place in our lives.
My sons, Tychô, Rèmigio and Guisepp – daddy no longer has to sit behind the laptop. At last we have time to do more things together again.
My beloved Mascha – from the moment we met for the first time at the beach in Curaçao, I knew you were the one for me. Ten years of marriage and all your support during my training and doctoral work have only strengthened these feelings. Dushi, mi ta stima bo.