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Better Care Now Available For Hip Fracture Patients

June 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Central Maine Medical Center | News | Comments

Central Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Orthopaedics, who came together to establish The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine five years ago, have developed the state's first hip fracture program focused on helping patients recover sooner...

The Quest For The Bionic Arm

June 5, 2014 10:18 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Articles | Comments

In the past 13 years, nearly 2,000 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring amputations; 14 percent of those injured veterans required upper extremity amputations. To treat veterans with upper extremity amputations, scientists continue to pursue research and development of bionic arms and hands with full motor and sensory function...

Increase In Number Of Total Knee Replacement Surgeries, Especially In Younger Adults, Linked To Obesity

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

"We observed that growth of knee replacement volumes was far outpacing that of hip replacements and were curious as to the origins of this trend," said lead study author Peter B. Derman, MD, MBA, an orthopaedic surgery resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, N.Y...

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Surgery Completed To Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 20, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) technology, meaning it was designed to the patient's exact specifications and measurements...

RIGIDFIX Curve Cross Pin System

May 19, 2014 11:46 am | by Mitek Sports Medicine | Product Releases | Comments

Mitek Sports Medicine, a leader in orthopaedics sports medicine and a part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced it has added the RIGIDFIX Curve Cross Pin System, the first of its kind, designed specifically for use with the anteromedial (AM) portal approach to enable a more anatomic ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction.

Obesity Associated With Longer Hospital Stays, Higher Costs In Total Knee Replacement Patients

May 15, 2014 9:15 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

Obesity is associated with longer hospital stays and higher costs in total knee replacement (TKR) patients, independent of whether or not the patient has an obesity-related disease or condition (comorbidity), according to a new study...   

Arthroscopy Of The Knee Joint For Arthrosis: No Benefit Detectable

May 13, 2014 10:31 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | News | Comments

The benefit of therapeutic arthroscopy with lavage and possible debridement for the treatment of arthrosis of the knee joint (gonarthrosis) is not proven. There was no hint, indication or proof of benefit of therapeutic arthroscopy in comparison with non-active comparator interventions, e.g. sham surgery, for any patient-relevant outcome...

Hospitals Ranked On Complications After Hip And Knee Replacement Surgeries

May 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Karen N. Peart, Yale News | News | Comments

With an aging population comes an increase in hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. To provide better information on the outcomes of these surgeries, help inform patient choice, and improve the quality of the nation’s hospitals, a team of Yale School of Medicine researchers have developed a measure for hospitals based on the complications following their patients’ hip and knee replacements...

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The De Mayo Push Button Clamp

April 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products, a global leader in patient positioning, announces the De Mayo Push Button Clamp – an operating table rail clamp that significantly reduces OR set-up time. The new clamp is fastened to the operating table simply by squeezing its top and bottom jaws closed on the table’s rail and then locking into place with a twist of the device’s knob.

The Tibial Distractor

April 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Tibial Distractor from Innovative Medical Products simplifies tibial surgical procedures by providing distraction with rotation for axial alignment without need for a second pair of hands, reducing radiation exposure to an assistant and the surgeon.

Researchers Show Impact Of Long-Term Vitamin D Insufficiency On Fracture Risk

April 4, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.       

Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need To Screen More Patients For Anxiety And Depression

April 2, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

In a recent report, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. The oversight, researchers say, may pose a serious risk to patients' surgical recovery...

The GStirrup

March 28, 2014 10:45 am | by Frontier Medical Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

The GStirrup is a patient positioning tool which easily slips over footrests on your current exam table. The GStirrup provides the patient with comfort and stability when doing in-office procedures in the lithotomy position. No tools are required, and it is portable between offices and exam rooms.

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Genes May Explain Higher ACL Injuries In Girls

March 25, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

It's well known that female athletes suffer up to eight times more painful, season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries than their male counterparts. Now researchers from Akron Children's Hospital and the University of Akron believe genes may explain the difference...

Large De Mayo Hip Positioner

March 21, 2014 8:55 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With IMP’s Large De Mayo Hip Positioner, OR personnel no longer have to lift a patient for lateral positioning, minimizing the risk of a work-related injury. The IMP positioner aligns with the obese patient, not the other way around, stabilizing patients in the same orientation throughout the surgical procedure.

Original Replacement Table Pads

March 21, 2014 8:46 am | by Action Products | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Action® Original Replacement Table Pads from Action Products are the best value in pressure reducing replacement table pads. The recently upgraded composite pad now has an infection control design with an attached Shear Smart® surface of 3/8” Akton® polymer.

Study: Losing Or Gaining Weight After Joint Replacement Affects How Well Patients Do

March 19, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

While many overweight patients have the best intentions to lose weight after joint replacement, a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that although some are able to achieve this goal, equal numbers of patients actually gain weight after hip or knee replacement. Researchers also determined that patients who lose weight do better in terms of function and activity level two years down the road... 

Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits, According To New Study

March 13, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Past research has found herniated disc surgery to be an effective treatment option to ease the extreme back pain associated with herniation of a disc. However, until now, none of these studies accounted for lost productivity in the workplace. A new study, commissioned by AAOS and conducted by health economists, found surgery to be a cost-effective option for patients who used it, particularly because of its effect on productivity...

Same-Day Double Knee Replacement Safe For Select Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

March 13, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

In a new study, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Does Not Increase Perioperative Complications Following Same-day Bilateral TKA," to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans on March 13, Dr. Figgie and colleagues found that select patients with RA do just as well with same-day bilateral knee replacement as OA patients, and with no higher complication rate...

Study Generally Finds Comparable Outcomes For Outpatient, Inpatient Orthopedic Surgeries

March 13, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

As the effectiveness of anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation continues to improve, more orthopaedic procedures are being done on an outpatient basis. In a new research study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

Statins May Lower Blood Clot Risk Following Joint Replacement Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

New, first-of-its-kind research found that statins, when used in conjunction with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, significantly reduced the risk for venous thromboembolic (VTE) events following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery...

Postoperative 'Doctor Shopping' Linked To Higher Narcotic Use Among Orthopedic Patients

March 11, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative orthopedic trauma patients, according to a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)...

Study: Two Percent Of Americans Have New Hips, Knees

March 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

"They are remarkable numbers," said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement.                   

Arm Support

March 7, 2014 10:37 am | by Bryton | Bryton Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Kross arm support from Bryton is designed to be the ultimate arm support, featuring endless positioning possibilities. It is perfect for arm chair, prone, lateral, and neuro procedure positioning. This unique device can also double as a well-leg positioner. The arm cradle is made of stainless steel.

First Surgeon To Perform Tommy John Surgery Passes Away

March 7, 2014 9:03 am | by Beth Harris, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on Tommy John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow. The injury previously had no solution until Jobe removed a tendon from John's forearm and repaired his elbow. John went on to pitch 14 years after the operation on Sept. 25, 1974, compiling 164 more victories without ever missing a start because of an elbow problem...

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