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Lumbar Spine Fusion (Posterior): Safest Hospitals, Safest Doctors, Ranked

Surgeon Scorecard and Lumber spine MRI / Source: ProPublica.org, Wikimedia Commons and Nevit Dilmen
Surgeon Scorecard and Lumber spine MRI / Source: ProPublica.org, Wikimedia Commons and Nevit Dilmen

Who are the safest hospitals and surgeons for lumbar spine fusion, posterior approach? ProPublica, an independent, non-profit public interest newsroom has an app which uses CMS data to list and rank hospitals and surgeons according to complication rate. Here’s what we found, along with some caveats.

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Richard Hawkins, M.D. Receives AOSSM Sports Medicine Leadership Award // Geoffrey Westrich, M.D. Taking Helm at Eastern Orthopaedic Association // and More!

Dr. Hawkins with Dr. Robert E. Leach
Dr. Hawkins with Dr. Robert E. Leach

Richard Hawkins, M.D. has been selected to receive the 2015 “Mr. Sports Medicine” award from AOSSM. Geoffrey Westrich, M.D. tells us his presidential plans for the Eastern Orthopaedic Association. And a new study has achieved a 100% union rate for calcaneal osteotomies.

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Court Dump FDA’s Off-Label Prohibition Authority

Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and DonkeyHotey
Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and DonkeyHotey

The right to free speech means that the FDA cannot prohibit truthful off-label marketing claims. For the second time the federal courts have told the FDA to stop prosecuting and threatening device and drug makers with prosecution if they make truthful claims off-label. It’s another landmark. Read it here.

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The Ultra Patient

Wikimedia Commons and Alexander Roumega
Wikimedia Commons and Alexander Roumega

Who ARE these people? They are your ultra-patients. Like Ellen Miller, who climbed Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse after her hip replacement, or Roy Wyatt who climbed Kilimanjaro at age 75 after his hip surgery or Scotland’s John Matthews or Don Healey who climbed Mount Everest courtesy of an HSS installed hip.

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