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Hip Fracture Surgery: Costs & Benefits

Hip Fracture Surgery: Costs & Benefits | Opinion Article

According to current estimates, more than 300,000 patients—mostly people aged 65 and older—sustain a hip fracture each year in the United States, and the annual incidence is expected to exceed 500,000 by 2040. Hip fractures often result in nursing home stays, higher mortality, and lower quality of life.…

Surgeons Who Can’t Perform Open Surgery

Surgeons Who Can’t Perform Open Surgery | Medical Blog

"There may be a movement afoot to start a Fundamentals of Open Surgery course. What is going on here? Do we really need to have a separate course to teach residents open surgery? Isn't that what a 'residency' is supposed to do?"

Guidelines for Managing ACL Injuries

Guidelines for Managing ACL Injuries | Opinion Article

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are among the most common injuries that occur in athletes participating in high-demand sports. Research has shown that people who suffer these injuries are at higher risk for developing arthritis later in life, and women are more likely to suffer an ACL injury with certain sports when compared with men.…

AAOS 2015

AAOS 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at AAOS 2015, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, from March 24 to 28 in Las Vegas. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference.…

Elective Major Orthopedic Surgery in Octogenarians

Elective Major Orthopedic Surgery in Octogenarians | Feature

The rate of elective major orthopedic surgical procedures in patients aged 80 and older appears to be increasing, and overall adverse event rates are low. These procedures could be offered to this patient group as long as candidates are willing to accept the slightly higher risks.

Hip Fracture in Older Adults

Hip Fracture in Older Adults | Feature

As life expectancy continues to increase in the United States, the number of elderly people and those with chronic health conditions like osteo­porosis is also rising. The number of people older than 65 is expected to increase from 37.1 million to 77.2 million by the year 2040.…

TKA vs THA – Infographic

TKA vs THA – Infographic | Feature

Comparing knee and hip arthroplasties—a look at prevalence and reimbursement rates.

Knee & Hip Arthroplasties: Analyzing the Obesity Effect

Knee & Hip Arthroplasties: Analyzing the Obesity Effect | Feature

The growth in total knee arthroplasty volume has outpaced that of total hip arthroplasty among Americans who are obese and overweight. If obesity rates continue to climb, the magnitude of this effect will become increasingly problematic.

“Doctor Shopping” After Orthopedic Trauma

“Doctor Shopping” After Orthopedic Trauma | Feature

Postoperative “doctor shopping” for narcotic providers appears to be common among orthopedic trauma patients. Surgeons are recommended to prescribe these potent drugs with great care and vigilance to minimize risks for abuse, dependence, and other adverse events.

Comparing Approaches to ACL Tears

Comparing Approaches to ACL Tears | Opinion Article

Value-based medicine has gained more attention in recent years, leading many providers and healthcare systems to focus on the cost effectiveness of services they offer. This focus is important in orthopedic surgery, where procedures like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction have high costs but can also potentially improve quality of life and functional ability.…

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