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Berend v. Meneghini: Liposomal Bupivacaine Injectables: Game Changers in Pain Management

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The #1 game changer in large joint arthroplasty has been the shift from inpatient surgery to better pain control and outpatient surgery. Liposomal bupivacaine is the poster child of this shift, but is it worth the extra $300? Michael Berend and Michael Meneghini debate this question in an absolutely stellar review of the latest data.


Surprising # of Median Nerve Harvest Mistakes; Outpatient vs Inpatient THA; Warfarin NO barrier to Fast Fracture Repair?

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Henry Gray (1918) Anatomy of the Human Body

Research suggests that surgeons who do an upper extremity fellowship are less likely to inadvertently harvest the median nerve. A new Rothman study finds that patients undergoing THA outpatient or inpatient should have equivalent results…if certain guidelines are followed. And HSS researchers recently looked at hip fractures in patients on warfarin and time to surgery.


Mega Ortho Lawsuit Is About Blankets

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One of the fastest-growing new class action lawsuits is about a warming blanket used in knee and hip replacement surgeries. Over 1,300 plaintiffs have joined the lawsuit. What’s going on? The plaintiffs are alleging that that cuddling up in the operating room might lead to surgical site infections. Here’s what’s going on.


LaPrade Wins Cabaud Award; Smoking, Drinking American Men Don’t Follow-Up; Gait Pattern More Important for Wear Than Component Positioning

Robert LaPrade, M.D., Ph.D. and Matthew Provencher, M.D. / Courtesy of AOSSM

Dr. Robert LaPrade has received a prestigious award from AOSSM for his PRP work. Study: research follow-up especially difficult with American males who smoke and drink lots of alcohol. In metal-on-poly, gait pattern is more critical for wear than component positioning.

The Ten Best Sports Medicine Technologies for 2017

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Here are the ten best sports medicine technologies of 2017. Not only are these creative and innovative products but our judges also selected practical and cost effective solutions. Not all of the winners were interventional technologies. Two were computer applications which work through smart phones. As one of our judges commented, “There are some great ideas here.” We hope you agree.


Education As a Competitive Weapon

Courtesy of Medacta

Swiss-based Medacta is probably the fastest growing large joint implant supplier in the world. Their secret? An unusually comprehensive education and training program. We gowned up to experience it ourselves. Our reaction? This is exceptional by traditional orthopedics training standards.