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The Impact of Obesity on Total Knee Arthroplasty

New data show that severely obese patients who undergo total knee arthroplasty appear to have longer hospital stays and higher costs than non-obese patients. This observed effect appears to be independent of obesity-related comorbid conditions and complications.

Spine Surgery & Preoperative Psychological Assessments

Few spine surgeons appear to follow guideline recommendations for routine psychological screenings of patients before major back surgery. Efforts are needed to better recognize and appreciate how psychological factors and mental health can impact the success of these procedures.

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care

The goals of knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are to improve health-related quality of life and limit the progression of joint damage. “The optimal management of knee OA requires that patients be given a combination of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments,” says Pekka Mooar, MD.…

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Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care

The goals of knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are to improve health-related quality of life and limit the progression of joint damage. “The optimal management of knee OA requires that patients be given a combination of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments,” says Pekka Mooar, MD.…

Identifying Predictors of Osteoarthritis

Clinicians should take a proactive approach to OA prevention strategies by actively prescribing exercise and rehabilitation.

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is significantly higher in women, but gender bias may be influencing healthcare providers in recommending treatment.

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Paralyzed Surgeon Overcomes the Odds to Re-enter the OR

After a devastating health diagnosis, major spinal surgery and paralysis from the waist down, no one would have blamed Ted Rummel, DO, if he had decided to retire and lead a low-key life. But a lot of people would have been surprised, most of all Dr.…

Limb Lengthening – Video Highlight

A doctor takes his patients to great new heights—by breaking their legs. National Geographic presents a video on the taboo procedure of limb lengthening.

Source: National Geographic…

New Guidelines on Osteoporosis in Men

This week, the Endocrine Society issued guidelines on managing osteoporosis in men. Published in the June 1, 2012 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the guidelines recommend the following:

Men at increased risk for osteoporosis should be tested by measurement of bone mineral density (BMD).…

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Ultrasounds Warranted for Shoulder Dislocations

Ultrasonography appears to have a strong ability to detect shoulder dislocations among patients who present to the ED with a clinical impression of such an event, according to an observational study. Ultrasonography demonstrated results that were identical to those found on radiography.…

A “July Effect” in Spine Surgery Outcomes?

The influx of new residents and fellows to teaching hospitals in the month of July appears to have a negligible effect on spinal surgery outcomes. A study of hospitalizations throughout the United States found that patients admitted in July had a similar likelihood of in-hospital mortality, reactions to implanted devices or instrumentation, and postoperative wound dehiscence as patients admitted in other months.…

A Look at Complications After Total Joint Arthroplasty

Results of a meta-analysis suggest that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to be at higher risk for dislocation following total hip arthroplasty than those with osteoarthritis who have these procedures (odds ratio, 2.16). Patients with RA also had a greater risk for infection following total knee arthroplasty.…

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