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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...

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...

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...

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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 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.

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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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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.

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.                              

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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.

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?...

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