Kari Kanto successfully defended his PhD Thesis on ASD for subacromial pain on July 1st, 2022, making it the 3rd FICEBO Thesis within the year 2022. The aim of Kari’s Thesis was to assess the efficacy of arthroscopic subacromial decompression in patients with subacromial pain syndrome. Basing on our FIMPACT project, Kari’s thesis concluded that ASD provides no clinically relevant benefit over placebo surgery and the findings do not support the current practice of performing subacromial decompression in patients with subacromial pain.
According to the FICEBO archeological registry, the seeds for Kari’s Thesis were planted on May 23, 2014 at Raine Sihvonen’s PhD defense after-party: Allegedly, around 4 AM, Kari and Teppo Järvinen crept from the crowd to contemplate on the idea at Raine’s backyard… Many may consider the circumstances somewhat suboptimal for making such a huge commitment but occasionally, people can beat the odds.
Below please find some moments of Kari’s big day:
FICEBO, as a group, is not geared at producing PhD Theses, rather simply strive for high-quality evidence. Nevertheless, we must confess that a completed PhD thesis is always a very valid cause for a celebration. And for Kari, also a reason for a well-earned summer vacation. But when vacation is over, new exciting projects await our new PhD!