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VOX Telehealth Introduces Program to Cut Knee and Hip Replacement Costs

January 13, 2015 11:00 am | by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News | News | Comments

VOX Telehealth, a health IT company that uses alerts and notifications as part of a program to reduce orthopedic surgery costs, rolled out OrthoCare at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which helped develop the program, according to a company statement. The company had raised $1.1 million in an angel round last year to support the program’s launch. ...     

Marathon Bombing Survivor Takes First Steps After Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:37 pm | by Nancy Chen, NBC Boston | News | Comments

Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah DiMartino's reached a major milestone by taking her first...

Researchers Use Nanotechnology to Engineer ACL Replacements

January 2, 2015 11:33 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Vonn. Derrick Rose. Tom Brady. Mickey Mantle. They have all fallen victim to the dreaded...

Complications After Thigh Lift Surgery Common, But Usually Minor

December 30, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Performed as part of body contouring procedures in patients with massive weight loss, a...

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Meniscus Regenerated with 3D-Printed Implant

December 11, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own. .... 

Rib Device Could Help Children With Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine* today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the VEPTR®/VEPTR II™ Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Devices for the treatment of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS), a rare congenital condition where severe deformities of the chest, spine or ribs impair breathing and lung growth in children.

Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Arthritis and Cartilage Loss

December 3, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. ...

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Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery Has Setbacks

December 1, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

McMaster University researchers have found that current evidence does not support the routine use of minimally invasive surgery to remove herniated disc material pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in the neck or lower back. ...    

New Back Surgery Technology Gives Ailing Woman Promising Future

November 26, 2014 10:47 am | by Meghan Yost, WTNH.com | News | Comments

At the recent weddings of both her son and daughter, Julie Chasse danced the night away. “I actually bent my knees and kind of wiggled,” Chasse recalled. But that almost wasn’t possible. “I’ve had back pain for years, and as the years passed, it started radiating down my left leg and then to my right leg and my sciatica,” Chasse explained ...

Groundbreaking Surgery Could Help Arizona Man Walk Again

November 13, 2014 10:41 am | by Foxnews.com | News | Comments

Doctors hope a Scottsdale, Ariz. man who severed his spine in a dirt bike accident will regain the ability to walk after becoming the first-ever patient to undergo a groundbreaking new spinal cord surgery.      

Arm Pain in Young Baseball Players Common, Preventable

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

he most in-dept survey of its kind found that arm pain is common among supposedly healthy young baseball players and nearly half have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain. The findings suggest that more detailed and individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in young ballplayers ...

Stryker to Pay $1.43 Billion in Hip Replacement Lawsuit

November 4, 2014 10:59 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical implant maker Stryker will pay at least $1.43 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who had to have surgery to remove problematic hip implants, under a deal announced Monday. The agreement, brokered by a New Jersey Superior Court judge, resolves state and federal lawsuits against the maker of orthopedics ...

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Surgery for Spinal Stenosis All Over the Map

November 4, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

When it comes to surgical interventions for spinal stenosis, patients across the country are subject to an "accident of geography" that makes spinal decompression surgery more than 8 times as likely in Tacoma, Washington, than the Bronx, New York, and spinal fusion surgery 14 times more frequent in Tyler, Texas, than Bangor, Maine ... 

Preterm, Low-Weight Babies May Need New Hips as Adults

November 3, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Australia report that low birth weight and preterm birth are linked to increased risk for osteoarthritis (OA)-related hip replacements in adulthood. Findings published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that low birth weight and pre-term babies were not at greater risk of knee arthroplasty due to OA as adults ... 

Mild Depressive Symptoms Weaken Spinal Stenosis Surgery Outcome

October 30, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery ...

Patients Do Better After Surgery If They 'Prehab'

October 30, 2014 11:02 am | by Katherine Hobson, NPR | News | Comments

People are often told to follow a rehabilitation program following surgery to speed recovery. But starting weeks before going under the knife might help them regain function even faster. So-called "prehabilitation" to prepare someone for an upcoming stressful event has been used quite a bit in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Julie Silver, a physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, tells Shots ...

'Watch' Cites Concern About Flexible Reamer Breakage in ACL Reconstruction

October 23, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding concerns over flexible reamer breakage during anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction. Flexible reamers help surgeons achieve optimal femoral-tunnel parameters, but they are prone to breakage in certain situations, as the "Watch" article explains ...

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Teenage Baseball Pitchers at Risk for Permanent Shoulder Injury

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Young baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are at risk for a newly identified overuse injury that can impede normal shoulder development and lead to additional problems, including rotator cuff tears, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology ...

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Now a Reality

October 9, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities ...

Many Elite College Athletes Return To Play After ACL Surgery

September 24, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

The majority of athletes included in a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine were able to return to play after having surgery to repair an ACL. The study also found that athletes who had ACL surgery when they were in high school or younger were much more likely to suffer repeat ACL reinjuries than athletes who experienced their first ACL injury during collegiate play ...

4WEB Medical Unveils 3D-Printed Osteotomy Truss System

September 19, 2014 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4WEB Medical announces the formal launch of the largest offering of 3D-printed foot and ankle osteotomy implants on the market today at this weekend's American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society annual meeting in Chicago. 

Columnist Takes Us Through What It's Like To Watch Surgery

September 18, 2014 11:18 am | by Kyrie O'Connor, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

First of all, just don't touch anything. Don't even think about touching anything. If you are observing a surgery, this is the first thing you have to know. Most people never see a surgery except on television, where it is performed by pretty actors with a heavy sexual subtext. The experience of attending one in person resembles TV not at all.

Bone Cancer Surgery Team Sees Success In Application Of Surgical Aid

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully adapted a shoulder surgical aid (the Spider Limb Positioner) to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a melanoma patient as described in a case report published online in Medical Devices.

Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers May Not Benefit From Cartilage Surgery

September 3, 2014 4:39 pm | by the American Council on Science and Health | News | Comments

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, the most commonly affected area being the knee. Many of those affected suffer from degenerative meniscal tears, which are sometimes treated with surgery. However, a new meta-analysis found that arthroscopic surgery for these tears was not associated with improvement in function of or pain in the knee.

3D Printed Spine Successfully Implanted in 12-Year-Old Boy

August 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Emily Crane, Daily Mail Australia | News | Comments

Surgeons in China have successfully implanted an artificial 3D-printed vertebra into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again. Doctors at Peking University Hospital in Beijing first removed a tumor located in the second vertebra of the boy's neck before replacing it with the 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae to allow him to lift his head.

Hip Fracture Surgery Reduces Health Care Costs By More Than 65K

August 27, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

A new study, appearing in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, found that average lifetime societal benefits in the U.S. reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 per patient (in 2009 dollars), and that total, lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.

Study: Knee Surgery Not Needed for Mild Osteoarthritis

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Their study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today, says middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery. Doctors need to be carefully weighing the costs and benefits when deciding who should undergo such surgery, says Dr. Moin Khan, principal investigator for the study.

Study: 1 of 5 Orthopaedic Trauma Patients Went 'Doctor Shopping'

August 11, 2014 11:51 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 trauma patients. “There has been an alarming rise in opioid use in our country, and the diversion of opioids for non-therapeutic uses is dramatically increasing,” said lead study author, orthopaedic surgeon Brent J. Morris, MD.

Selig Waiting On Tommy John Surgery Report

July 24, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Major League Baseball's commissioner has called the trend "puzzling" and said there was a time earlier in the season when he was afraid to pick up a newspaper out of fear of more bad news. Over two dozen major league pitchers have been sidelined with elbow injuries this season.

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