Orthopedic

AAOS Encourages Congress to Improve Deal to End Surprise Medical Billing

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is asking Congress to improve the “No Surprises Act,” which was recently introduced as compromise legislation to end surprise medical billing. In a December 17 letter, AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, acknowledged the significant progress made by Congress to address the longstanding problem and outlined several recommended improvements.

American Joint Replacement Registry Releases 2020 Annual Report

The American Joint Replacement Registry, the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Registry Program, released its 2020 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty patient outcomes. AJRR is the largest orthopaedic registry in the world based on annual procedures submitted, and the analysis provides insight into U.S. hip and knee arthroplasty practice.

Total Joint Replacement and the Impact on Future Falls in Osteoarthritis Patients

Patients who have had a total joint arthroplasty (TJA) demonstrate excellent long-term outcomes with increased mobility and improved ability to complete their activities of daily living. However, there is still an ongoing debate whether patients who have undergone TJA are at an increased risk of falls and fragility fractures. According to a new research article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons®, authors compared the fall rates of nearly 500,000 cases of osteoarthritic patients and found those who underwent TJA experienced a significantly lower number of falls post-op than those who did not have the surgery.

Clinical Utility of Hana® Orthopedic Table Highlighted in New Study: 97% of Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Patients Needed Little to No Opioid Pain Medication After Surgery

Mizuho OSI®, a leading manufacturer of specialty surgical tables and pressure injury abatement solutions would like to announce the publication of a new clinical study titled “23-hour Total Hip Replacement Requiring Only 3.5 Opioid Pills Through 6 Weeks: A Non-selected Prospective Consecutive One Year Cohort”, by Andrew Wickline MD, now appearing in the peer-reviewed Journal of Orthopedic Experience & Innovation (JournalOEI)

Baylor Scott & White Health Again Recognized as Most Awarded Not-for-profit Health System in Texas by U.S. News & World Report

In the midst of the extraordinary health challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Baylor Scott & White Health remains committed to quality, safe care and helping Texas communities navigate the uncertainty of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Today, this commitment to safety and quality is recognized as U.S. News & World Report releases its 2020-2021 Best Hospitals list.

Spine Surgeons Face COVID-19 Challenges Worldwide

Spine surgeons across the world are experiencing effects of COVID-19, including canceled procedures, changes in clinical roles, anxiety and risk of exposure to the disease themselves due to insufficient protective equipment. An international team of researchers reported these findings recently in the Global Spine Journal.

The Screw That Dissolves

Where bones fracture, surgeons often have to join the fragments with implants. Magnesium orthopaedic screws, which over time dissolve in the body, spare patients another operation after healing is completed and reduce the risk of infection. What happens inside the body during this process, though, is still largely unknown.