Quebec City-based Bodycad has announced that the first personalized restoration procedures using its Unicompartmental Knee…
Large Joints Features & News
University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers are priming the immune system to fight soft-tissue…
ArthritisPower App: 11,000 Patient Registry; #1 Reason for Hip Replacement Success; and #1 Reason for Knee Replacement Failure
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, September 28th, 2017
Novel app empowers patients to track their symptoms and research participation. Research shows that the state of other affected major joints and spine should be assessed and documented before hip surgery. And a study from New Zealand finds that periprosthetic joint infection is the #1 culprit in primary TKA failure…out to 15 years.
OTW Staff • Tue, September 26th, 2017
Two giants of orthopedics Leo Whiteside and Javad Parvizi go head to head on the topic of antibiotic irrigation. Whiteside says it’s the only way to go. Parvizi says dilute Betadine and new CDC guidelines will do just fine, thank you. It’s a great debate!
Editor’s note: This past July we published a short article about staff injuries in hospitals….
Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. has launched the Persona Partial Knee System, the latest addition to…
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, September 21st, 2017
“Big data” study defines the rate of repeat discectomy surgery. Investigators find that the New Knee Society score is interchangeable with WOMAC. And in ream-and-run surgery, medialization did not have a negative impact on short-term results.
Robin Young • Mon, September 18th, 2017
A new, extended release corticosteroid brand named Zilretta is in the final stages of FDA review. The FDA recently established a user fee goal for Zilretta of October 6, 2017. If met, then the first extended release corticosteroid will be on the market very soon. It will be, we think, a game changer.
Todd Albert, M.D. is surgeon-in-chief and medical director and Korein-Wilson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at…
Medacta International, based in Castel San Pietro, Switzerland, is known for its training and support…
OTW Staff • Wed, September 13th, 2017
Recurrent dislocations, total hip revisions—for whatever reason—these are tough problems. Is a dual mobility articulation a better answer than constrained liners? Lachiewicz and Callaghan go head to head over this hot topic. Who wins? You do. This debate is timely and highly instructive.
MicroPort Orthopedics, based in Arlington, Tennessee, has launched its Procotyl Prime Acetabular Cup System. “At…
Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, based in Thornton Cleveleys, UK, was pleased to see the latest strong…
Kingella kingae Tied to Pediatric Joint Infection; Delineating OA Phenotypes; New Study: ≥2x/Week Exercise Cuts LBP
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, September 12th, 2017
Strong association found between osteoarticular infection by K kingae and its presence in the throat of young children. Pain and injury mechanisms point toward clinically distinct OA phenotypes. New data show exercise frequency matters when it comes to preventing low back pain.
What happens to cartilage development if there is no pressure such as gravity or mechanical…
Jessica Mehta • Fri, September 8th, 2017
A 20-year study from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles’ David Geffen School of Medicine found that receiving Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) funding can greatly increase the odds of receiving National Institute of Health (NIH) funding.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, September 5th, 2017
New study documents under-reporting of adverse events in orthopedics, the causes and a solution. UCLA researchers found that OREF funding leads, often, to later NIH funding. Go OREF! Finally, kudos to Brad Bruns, M.D. who was recognized by The Phoenix Business Journal as 2017’s Healthcare Hero.
AOFAS Volunteers Give and Teach in Vietnam; New Score Trumps ASA and CCI Risk Stratification Systems; Grapefruit Arthroscopic Training!?
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, August 30th, 2017
AOFAS has just marked its 16th annual volunteer trip to Vietnam. Researchers have developed a new, improved method of risk stratification in OP TJA settings. And the grapefruit (yes, grapefruit) shows researchers that it is a viable alternative arthroscopic training model.
Is tourniquet use during total knee arthroplasty (TKA) de riguer? Time to re-think that, says…
Is it “back to the operating room” if you use barbed sutures in primary TKA…
OTW Staff • Fri, August 25th, 2017
After articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, it’s no wonder that the anterior hip approach is the fastest growing new THA approach in decades. But is it really better, faster, cheaper? Maybe not. This is the debate EVERY hip surgeon should read diligently.
“Fourteen days of etoricoxib 60 mg improves pain, hyperalgesia and physical function in individuals with…
To what degree can surgeons truly know which patients will benefit from total knee arthroplasty…
Arthroscopy…approach with caution in any hip dysplasia patients, advises a new study appearing in the…
OTW Staff • Fri, August 18th, 2017
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.
Trauma and deformity surgeons should be especially careful to gear up against radiation exposure, says…
Spine Surgery Not Driving Opioid Use; Managing Weekend TKA Patients; Remove Hip Fractures From Bundle!
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, August 18th, 2017
Spine surgeons aren’t the problem when it comes to opioids, says a new study. Have TKA later in the week, have more issues! New research says, “Remove hip fracture patients from bundled payments.”
Robin Young • Thu, August 17th, 2017
For the first half of 2017, we estimate the number of orthopedic procedures globally increased 3-4%. The fastest growing sector was extremities. The slowest was spine. Pricing pressures remain a key drag on sales growth. Orthopedics is in a transition, here is a mid-course report.
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has announced the publication of the 2016 Report to…
Surprising # of Median Nerve Harvest Mistakes; Outpatient vs Inpatient THA; Warfarin NO Barrier to Fast Fracture Repair?
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, August 16th, 2017
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.