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Geriatric High-Energy Traumas Doubled in 10 Years?!; Is Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy Useless?; Surface Topography Helps With Body Image in AIS

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Multicenter work finds an alarming rise in older folks experiencing high-energy trauma. Hopkins researchers find little/no use for arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. And we now have evidence of how surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects body shape and body image.

Posterior or Anterior for Scoliosis? Surprising New Answer; How Does RA Affect Sagittal Alignment?; Study: First Systematic Review of Anterior vs. Posterior in THA

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Weiss HR, Goodall D - Weiss HR, Goodall D. Scoliosis. 2008 Aug 5

Use anterior/posterior approach with a Lenke 5C curve? Its’ complicated, says a new study. Japanese researchers examine the role of steroid intake and other things that influence saggital balance in RA patients. THA patients treated with the anterior approach had less pain, lower narcotic usage, and better hip function than those undergoing the posterior approach.


Ketamine Reduces Morphine Consumption!; Does Resident Involvement Impact Surgery?; Good News for Scoliosis Patients

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Study finds ketamine can reduce need for morphine. Resident involvement in posterior cervical fusion can work—if properly managed. And new research indicates that only a small percentage of surgically treated patients had a parent or child with surgically treated scoliosis.


No Saline?!

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Liesl Marelli

No Saline?! Saline bags are so ubiquitous we don’t think twice about them, until they’re gone. Since 2014 there’s been a shortage. In late 2017 it got much worse. Healthcare providers are raising hell. The FDA is worried. What happened?


New Spine Study: When Images Don’t Match Symptoms; New Tobramycin Study; Machine Learning Transforms Meniscal Imaging

Cervical Spine MRI / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Nevit Dilmen

Major new spine study specifies what to do when radiographic images don’t match clinical symptoms. Researchers from the Spine Hospital at New York Presbyterian document that tobramycin eradicates Escherichia coli (E. Coli) in a rabbit model. New study incorporated advanced machine learning finds that it transforms meniscal imaging and diagnosis.