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Wrong Site Surgery Highest Among Spine Surgeons? // Bariatric Surgery Before TKR Is Cost-Effective // and More!

Andrew Huth and RRY Publications, LLC
Andrew Huth and RRY Publications, LLC

A new study shows that wrong-site surgery is still with us. New research from HSS shows that bariatric surgery before TKR could be cost-effective for morbidly obese patients with end-stage arthritis. And the chief of Sports Medicine at MGH is on to new vistas out West.

Foot, Ankle Patients Avoiding Clots by “Sheer Luck” // JUST Fixing Rotator Cuff Not Enough // and More!

Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC, BruceBlaus and Wikimedia Commons
Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC, BruceBlaus and Wikimedia Commons

Foot and ankle patients are avoiding blood clots by “sheer luck” says a new study. Repairing the rotator cuff without addressing the scapula does patients a great disservice, says the head of Penn’s Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. And the chief of orthopedics at CHOP discusses measures they have taken to redesign their fellowship program.

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8 Myths About the Orthopedic Consumer

Source: Wikimedia Commons and John Phelan
Source: Wikimedia Commons and John Phelan

Orthopedics is a consumer products industry. That’s a fact. But how well do we understand consumer thinking and how clearly do we see the influence consumers are exerting on orthopedic products and services? Global consulting and research powerhouse, McKinsey, tackled this question and found some sobering answers.

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Orthopedic RCTs Underpowered // Correct DDH, Prevent Osteoarthritis at Birth?! // and More!

Courtesy of bruegel.org
Courtesy of bruegel.org

New research indicates that orthopedic randomized controlled trials are under-powered therefore give results but not answers. The Rothman Institute excited about newborns? What’s up? And John Dormans, M.D. is the new L.E. Simmons Chair in Orthopedics at Texas Children’s Hospital.

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A Better Way to Measure and Communicate Shoulder Outcomes // How to Clear Backlog of OR Cases // and More!

YouTube, Young Lae Moon and Boston Shoulder Institute
YouTube, Young Lae Moon and Boston Shoulder Institute

The Boston Shoulder Institute is using novel methods to cut confusion and improve outcome measurements. A Level 1 trauma center finds the best way to clear a backlog of OR cases. And the chief of Sports Shoulder at Penn is a part-time comedian who knows the power of healing with humor.

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American Joint Replacement Registry: 618 Hospitals, 4,500 surgeons, Robust Data

For more information, please visit www.ajrr.net
For more information, please visit
www.ajrr.net

The American Joint Registry has made extraordinary progress in the last three years and now encompasses 618 hospitals, 4,500 surgeons and all 50 states. Supported by every major large joint surgeon society, the AJRR is a vital and necessary part of every surgeons and manufacturers tool kit.

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Smith & Nephew’s Bet on Cartilage Repair

Cartilage Repair / Courtesy of Smith & Nephew
Cartilage Repair / Courtesy of Smith & Nephew

Surprise! Smith & Nephew’s new cartilage regeneration product, BST-CarGel has a handful of clinical trials and regulatory approvals around the globe. Piramal Life Sciences—India’s massive life science company—quietly funded it. Then last week SNN bought it. BST-CarGel is a chitosan-based material. It’s different. Here’s the scoop.

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