We remember, with special gratitude, the Foundation's Honorary President, Prof. Lorenzo SPOTORNO, who passed away on 15 February 2009. He was a master and pioneer in prosthetic surgery. His particular surgical technique and organisational ability have been disseminated in Italy and abroad. In 1994 he founded the “Science and Life Foundation”, donating its patrimonial assets and the historic-scientific archives ot his foundation to the “Livio Sciutto Foundation for Biomedical Research in Orthopaedia - Onlus”.

Below you can look and/or download Professor's guestbook with signatures and impressions of surgeons that visited him from all over the world since 80's

Libro degli ospiti
Libro degli ospiti
Libro degli ospiti

pdfLibro degli ospiti pag. 01-35

pdfLibro degli ospiti pagg. 36-70

pdfLibro degli ospiti pagg. 36-70

pdfLibro degli ospiti pagg. 101-139

Born in Finale Ligure (SV) on 19 December 1936, he obrained his Dregree in Medicine and Surgery on 12 March 1965 at the University of Genoa; on 3 November 1969 he earned his specialty in Orthopaedia and Traumatology at the same university.

In his life he performed over 15,000 procedures, both in hospitals and private clinics.

He fulfilled the following roles at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure:

  • From 1 February 1967 to 31 May 1969, assistant physician in charge of Orthopaedia;
  • From 1 June 1969 to 19 May 1975, assistant of Orthopaedia;
  • Dal 20 May 1975 to 30 June 1980, assistant of Orthopaedia.
  • In 1981 he became Head Physician of the Division of prosthetic hip surgery and articular rheumatism.
  • From 1987 to December 2000, Head of the Department of Orthopaedia in Santa Corona.
  • From 1 January 2001, scientific co-ordinator of the Department of Orthopaedia and Traumatology.
  • From 1 January 2001 he was the Responsible of the Prosthesis Division of the Humanitas Clinical Institute in Rozzano (MI).

In 1974 he designed the first cemented prosthesis, collaborating until 1980 with Howmedica. In 1981 he started collaborating with Protek in Berna, and for this company he designed in 1982 the CLS prosthesis, which has become one of the most popular hip prostheses. In 1985 he designed other cemented hip prostheses and other models that are still present. He collaborated with Prof. Morscher in Basel on projects regarding the hip and the development of materials. During the 1980s he gave yearly courses at the Müller Foundation in Bern. He held the position of Temporary Lecturer at: the Univ. of Pisa, Rizzoli Bologna, Rome Tor Vergata.

Sin 1984 he delivered mini courses “at your hospital” for orthopaedic surgeons coming fromall over the world. In addition to showing his particular surgical “technique”, he presented his own ideas on hip Biomechanics and prostheses. He was visited by over two thousand surgeons from around the world. With this instrument he has notably influenced orthopaedic culture, specially in Europe. His works are quoted in numerous textbooks on orthopaedia (for example, the Bauër, specialist textbook translated into several languages).

He rationalised pre-operatory planning for hip procedures, proposing a model and method that are still in use. He produced over one hundred scientific publications.


He estabished a Foundation, "Science and Life", that was dedicated to research and maintaining a data bank with information from 1994 to 2007. His collection of prosthetic data and clinical cases (over 16,000 cases of prosthetic hip procedures and 2,000 knee procedures) was collected by the newborn 'Livio Sciutto Foundation', of which Dr. Spotorno is the Honorary President.

The department he directed performed approximately 1,500 prosthetic surgery procedures (data to 2000), being at the forefront of Italy and Europe.

His name is presented on the web site of Zimmer (ex Centerpulse) as the inventor of several prosthetic systems for the hip, which are also present on the site of the foundation he established, "Science and Life" (http://www.scienzaevita.it).

His name is mentioned in 41 international works listed at http://www.pubmed.com

He has a dedicated chapter in an international book on surgical techniques: "Surgical access pathways in Orthopaedia and Traumatology" (R. Bauer, F. Kerschbaumer, S. Poisel).

He taught courses at:

  • Müeller Foundation (Bern) from 1983 to 1990

Temporary lecturer at:

  • University of Pisa, 1988/89 academic year
  • University of Bologna, 1990/91 academic year
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata, 1995/2001
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata, 2001/2005


 Surgical case history

Arthroprosthesis of the hip 13.500
Arthroprosthesis of the knee  900
Osteotomy of the hip  320
Osteotomy of the knee  420
Traumatology and post-trauma procedures  3.000


He patented numerous hip prostheses, including the CLS and MS-30 systems, which are widely popular in Europe (over 350,000 implantations). 

Since 1984 he gace brief (3-day) courses for surgeons, drawing the participation of about 1,000 surgeons divided into groups of 10 and coming from around the world, including England. Reason for these courses: updates in prosthetic surgical techniques for the hip and knee.


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GAP II è un sistema per l’archiviazione di dati clinici e chirurgici di pazienti sottoposti ad interventi di chirurgia protesica di anca, ginocchio e spalla.