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Zippers Instead of Sutures? This is Cool.

Surgical Skin Closure / Courtesy: Jack Farr, M.D. , David A. Fisher, M.D., and OrthoIndy
Surgical Skin Closure / Courtesy: Jack Farr, M.D. , David A. Fisher, M.D., and OrthoIndy

Two physicians from OrthoIndy, with no financial ties to the manufacturer, have been “zipping” instead of sewing for a while. Patients seem to like it better—including one patient who is both one of the physicians and co-author of this article. This is pretty cool stuff.

Posterior Shoulder Instability Literature Too Random? // Most Extensive Study Ever of PCL Rotation // and More!

Source: Leonardo da Vinci and Wikimedia Commons
Source: Leonardo da Vinci and Wikimedia Commons

Jim Bradley’s review of 1,035 publications reveals that there is no standard as far as shoulder outcome measures to assess shoulder instability. Excellence in Research Award from AOSSM goes to medical student for work on PCL rotation. And the certification of the FORCE-Total Joint Registry as a CMS PQRS Qualified Registry makes it easier for doctors to avoid penalties.

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Abdel v. Mullaji Over the Cementless Knee

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

Matt Abdel is all over cementless TKA. “It involves shorter operative times, preserves bone stock, means easier revision surgery, eliminates third body wear, etc.” Slow down, says Arun Mullaji. “With cementless TKA you’re paying more for a procedure for which the jury is still out. We don’t have good long term data and we don’t know what the optimum design is.”

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AOSSM: New President, New Building and Renewed Commitment to Innovation // New Rothman Institute President, Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Talks Major Expansion // and More!

Robert Arciero, M.D. / Courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Robert Arciero, M.D. / Courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

AOSSM’s new president, Robert Arciero, M.D., leading society into new building and future of innovation. Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Rothman Institutes’ new Prez, talks expansion and quality with OTW. Constance Chu, M.D.’s new form of MRI reveals “bruised cartilage.”

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First Time Ever! Clear Quantification of Gender Running Differences

Source: Wikimedia commons and Adamsandle
Source: Wikimedia commons and Adamsandle

Hard to believe, but no one had ever figured out a study to quantify the gender differences among runners. Sports medicine doctors have noticed 20% more injuries among women runners than men. But where’s the data to explain such huge differences? University of Freiburg to the rescue. In a clever, high-tech study the researchers came up with solid answers. Here you go.