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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.                   

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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...

Research: Quality Of Life Improves With Minimally Invasive Surgery For Low Back Pain

March 5, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Research findings show that patients who have a low back surgery called minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, end up better off in many ways than patients who have more invasive surgery to alleviate debilitating pain...

The Schure Loc XPS

February 21, 2014 10:35 am | by SchureMed | SchureMed | Product Releases | Comments

The Schure Loc XPS securely and safely holds patient arm in any desired position during arthroscopic surgery. Schure Loc  XPS reduces staffing needs providing a more cost-effective procedure. Schure Loc XPS Shoulder Kit conveniently includes a sterile drape and foam hand/forearm holder and self-adherent wrap.

ErgoSupport Anti-Fatigue Mat

February 19, 2014 10:13 am | by Aspen Surgical | Aspen Surgical, a Hill-Rom Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Aspen Surgical ErgoSupport Anti-Fatigue Mat is intended to help reduce the fatigue that nurses and surgeons experience from long hours of standing in one location. It uses a dual foam and gel technology to provide comfort under the foot. The top surface provides a necessary friction level with damp or dry surgical booties, while the bottom surface is made of a high-traction material to help provide slip resistance.

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Researchers Recommend Mobile Compression Device To Prevent Blood Clots After Joint Surgery

February 18, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

A study published today as the lead article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery determined that after lower extremity joint replacement surgery a mobile compression device was just as effective as blood thinners in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but without negative side effects including bleeding complications...

Study: Implant Stiffness Is A Major Cause Of Foreign Body Reactions

February 13, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Surgical implants are widely used in modern medicine but their effectiveness is often compromised by how our bodies react to them. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that implant stiffness is a major cause of this so-called foreign body reaction...

Study: Obese Children More Likely To Have Complex Elbow Fractures, Further Complications

February 12, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

According to new research, obese children who sustain a supracondylar humeral (above the elbow) fracture can be expected to have more complex fractures and experience more postoperative complications than children of a normal weight...

Large De Mayo Hip Positioner

February 7, 2014 10:40 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.

Zimmer A.T.S. 4000 Tourniquet

February 6, 2014 10:20 am | by Zimmer | Zimmer Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

No two people are the same. Treating every patient with precise, personalized care is the inspiration behind Zimmer's market-leading Tourniquet System design. The new Zimmer A.T.S. 4000 Tourniquet doesn’t just stop blood flow. Our tourniquet systems can deliver Personalized Pressure – the minimum amount of tourniquet pressure for each individual patient.

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Puros Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM) Block and Strip

February 4, 2014 10:37 am | by Zimmer Spine, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Zimmer Spine, Inc., announced the U.S. market launch of Puros Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM) Block and Strip — bone graft substitutes used to stimulate natural bone formation processes in spine surgical procedures. Used alone or as a bone graft extender, Puros DBM allografts provide osteoconductive and osteoinductive properties, improved handling, and excellent graft containment in a ready-to-use application.

Early Studies Show Microspheres Could Be Key In Preventing Bone Infections After Joint Replacement

January 31, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

Currently more than 1 million knee replacements and hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, and with the aging population, the number of total joint replacements is expected to grow. While total joint surgeries have a low risk of infection – between 1 and 3 percent – in those rare instances when bone infection sets in, it can be a devastating setback for patients...

Turnstile Casting Stand

January 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Turnstile Casting Stand from Innovative Medical Products ensures proper foot and ankle positioning for short leg casts. The device’s keel feature prevents over-tight wrapping at metatarsal heads, while an adjustable arch support molds a strong, comfortable arch into the cast’s plantar surface. Fiberglass or plaster cast material will not adhere to the device’s non-stick coating surface, making for easier cleanup.

HRT Cuts Risk Of Repeat Knee/Hip Replacement Surgery By 40 Percent

January 23, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) taken regularly for six months after a knee or hip replacement seems to cut the risk of repeat surgery by around 40 percent, indicates a large population based study. National data for England and Wales indicate that more than 2 percent of procedures typically have to be repeated within three years...

CONFORM SHEET

January 10, 2014 10:40 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine, in collaboration with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced the U.S. launch of CONFORM SHEET, a hydrated, pliable, and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills voids during posterolateral spinal fusion surgery and provides a natural scaffold for new bone formation.

Large De Mayo Hip Positioner

January 8, 2014 10:06 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.

Injured Lindsey Vonn To Miss Olympics, Needs Knee Surgery

January 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Howard Fenderich, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the world championships last February, sidelining her for about 10 months. She re-tore her surgically repaired ACL in a training crash in November, a key setback. Then, after returning to competition in early December by finishing 40th, 11th and fifth in a set of World Cup races at Lake Louise, Alberta, Vonn sprained her MCL during a race in France, last month...

Is Arthroscopic Surgery For A Partial Meniscal Tear Unnecessary?

January 3, 2014 9:00 am | by Jennifer Gunter, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Arthroscopic knee surgery is big business in the United States. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomies alone cost $4 billion per year. Yes, billion. But do they work? Given the poor performance of these other arthroscopic surgeries, answering the question of whether partial meniscectomies are effective is crucial...              

Study: Surgery Better Than Non-Invasive Treatment For Certain Herniated Discs

January 2, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

For patients with herniated discs in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight year follow-up study. "Carefully selected patients who underwent surgery for a lumbar disc herniation achieved greater improvement than non-operatively treated patients," according to lead author Dr. Jon D. Lurie...

Common Knee Surgery Ineffective In Study

December 26, 2013 9:07 am | by Gene Emery | News | Comments

One of the most common types of knee surgery performed in the U.S. is no more effective than fake surgery, at least for the first year, according to a new study. The new evidence should give doctors pause before they try to repair the meniscus, which cushions the bones of the knee, according to the Finnish doctors behind the research published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

Northwestern Medicine Surgeon Working To Eliminate Common Side Effects Of Spine Surgery

December 26, 2013 8:54 am | News | Comments

Even after successful surgery to repair pinched nerves or herniated discs in the neck, patients often deal with a pair of common side effects — difficulty swallowing and hoarseness. Northwestern Medicine orthopaedic spine surgeon Alpesh A Patel, MD, FACS, is researching the best ways to assess and reduce the complications of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and dysphonia (changes in voice production and sound)...

AAOS Approves Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Non-Arthroplasty Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Of The Knee

December 18, 2013 9:17 am | News | Comments

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors recently approved an AUC to help physicians treat patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. OA is a slowly progressing and degenerative disease that causes the joint cartilage to wear away...

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