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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...

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...

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-...

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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.

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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.

Activity Level May Predict Orthopedic Outcomes

July 23, 2014 10:22 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

According to a literature review, patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do with certain treatments and how well they recover from injuries after treatment...                 

Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

Best Anticoagulants After Orthopedic Procedures Depends On Type Of Surgery

July 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Current guidelines do not distinguish between aspirin and more potent blood thinners for protecting against blood clots in patients who undergo major orthopedic operations, leaving the decision up to individual clinicians...          

New Lawsuits Filed In The Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has announced that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics.

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Video: Lemonade Stand Raises $24K For Friend's Surgery

July 11, 2014 12:59 pm | Videos | Comments

A Canadian boy's lemonade stand and social media campaign has raised $24,000 for a friend's surgery related to cerebral palsey in the U.S.                              

ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

2014 ESP Award Submission: Orthopedic OR Beach Chair

July 10, 2014 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Quantum Shoulder Positioning System "Beach Chair" features fast no-lift mounting and simplified setup and removal. The chair also offers powered patient elevation and instant, rigid patient fixation for the entire case. Additional features include a 500-pound weight limit and pediatric compatibility. 

Stabilizing Shoulder Surgery Lowers NFL Players Recovery Time

July 10, 2014 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study, discussed at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting detailed that return rates for NFL players is approximately 90 percent, regardless of which stabilization procedure (open vs. arthroscopic) was used.

New Porous Technology for Total Knee Arthroplasty

July 8, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The new porous technology for total knee arthroplasty offers surgeons a new implant coating that uses a lattice developed through layers of irregular shaped beads, resulting in an increased average pore size and greater porosity than traditional spherical beads.

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Partial Knee Replacements Safer, But Require More Follow-Up

July 8, 2014 11:14 am | News | Comments

Because of the higher revision rate of partial knee replacement surgery, which is traditionally regarded as the most important factor to determine the choice of implant, its use in the treatment of end-stage osteoarthritis is controversial, with only about 7,000 being performed annually.

3D Printer Makes Parts For Ankle Replacement Surgery

July 2, 2014 10:00 am | by KSAT 12 News | Videos | Comments

A 3D printer is taking the pain out of the joint and giving patients a much easier stride. Bettye Dube said she had sprained her ankle before, but a stumble while on vacation in Jamaica was something she'd never experienced...       

Tourniquets Make Comeback With American Police

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart and cardiac arrest was just moments away...

One-Third Of Knee Replacements Classified As Inappropriate

June 30, 2014 10:07 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

The study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), highlights the need for consensus on patient selection criteria among U.S. medical professionals treating those with the potential need of knee replacement surgery...

Women With "Ugly" Feet Turning To Cinderella Surgery

June 27, 2014 11:56 am | by KMTV 3 in Omaha, NE | Videos | Comments

Some women are going to new extremes to realize their appearance goals, including a new trend being termed "Cinderella surgery." Women are having their feet altered to better fit into designer shoes. The surgeries can involve changing the length of toes or removing bunions and corns. There's even something called "toe lipo," which is used to make a chubby toe slim.

Opioid Use Prior To Spine Surgery Linked To Diminished Patient-Reported Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:42 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

A new study links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications, such as Percocet) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery...                       

Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer

June 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Symmetry Medical Inc. | Symmetry Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Symmetry Medical Inc., a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, launched the Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer Driver.

Innovative Medical Products, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years

June 13, 2014 12:16 pm | by Innovative Medical Products, Inc | News | Comments

How does a small manufacturing company in Connecticut that once turned out lighting fixtures, parachute ripcord assemblies, and rubber seals for the ball bearing industry, among other items, become a global leader in patient positioning products for orthopedic surgery?...

Orthopaedic & Spine Center Hosts Innovative Spinal Surgery

June 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Orthopaedic & Spine Center | News | Comments

Raj N. Sureja, MD, of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, recently became the first doctor in Virginia, and one of the first doctors in the U.S., to use the new Stryker TroFlex Curved Needle to treat a vertebral compression fracture (VCF) patient during a Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure...

The Pink Pad

June 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Xodus Medical, Inc. | Xodus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The Pink Pad by Xodus Medical, Inc. is the safest, most effective Trendelenburg positioning system for all procedures that require steep table adjustments. The Pink Pad’s patented material protects the patient's head, neck, and shoulders from nerve damage and skin abrasion, while its unique high coefficient of friction virtually eliminates the risk of sliding during surgery. The Pink Pad offers clinicians a best practice Trendelenburg positioning solution for even the most challenging cases.

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...

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