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Hip and Knee Match Opens Tuesday

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the SF Match will begin accepting registration for the Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee/Tumor Fellowship Match. These positions are for 2017 placement. October 5, 2015 is the target date for applicants to complete the requirements for application distribution. AAHKS, The Hip Society (HS), The Knee Society (KS) and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS)… Read More

Board Focuses on Strategy

The AAHKS Board of Directors retreat that took place last week focused on strategic issues. Facilitated by Jim Meffert of Tecker International, Board members learned best practices to apply strategy in the core areas of the AAHKS mission: education, advocacy and research. Board members also conducted a review of and provided direction to staff on the AAHKS strategic… Read More

Guest Societies to Join AAHKS in Dallas

As part of our commitment to increasing the presence of international societies, their scientific research and their members at our Annual Meetings, we host two Guest Societies at the AAHKS Annual Meeting each year. This November we welcome the Colombian Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society (SCCOT) and European Hip Society (EHS). Each society will send representatives to Dallas and… Read More

Study Shows Good Outcomes for Obese TJR Patients

A study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery this week concludes that overweight patients who undergo hip or knee replacement surgery experience pain relief and functional gain similar to other patients. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, who include several AAHKS members, “concluded that while obesity is associated with a greater risk of early complications,… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Medical Tourism in Arizona

Wait times in Canada for hip and knee replacements can exceed more than a year, and a health care advocacy firm in Toronto is looking to the US to accommodate Canadian citizens. The city of Surprise, Arizona is home to 350 Canadian companies and is a tourist destination for more than one million Canadians. According to the… Read More

Industry Symposia during AAHKS 2017

Each week, we will feature industry symposia that are scheduled for Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3 as part of the educational opportunities taking place at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Here is this week’s featured symposium: Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Hip Fracture:  Pain Management Impacting Delirium, Morbidity, and Mortality Halyard Health Attendees… Read More

VTE Prevention Review Published by HHS

The research review, “Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis in Major Orthopedic Surgery: Systematic Review Update,” was published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality last month. AAHKS made comments on the draft report. Several members served as technical experts and peer reviewers for the systematic review that provides comprehensive, scientific-based information… Read More

Dave Dvorak Resigns from Zimmer Biomet

According to Becker’s Spine Review, “David Dvorak stepped down as CEO of Zimmer Biomet and the company is conducting a search for his replacement. In the interim, Senior Vice President and CFO Daniel P. Florin will act as CEO.” Mr. Dvorak actively participated with the AAHKS Industry Relations Committee, and under his leadership, Zimmer Biomet became a Gold… Read More

Joint Registry Offers PROM Guide

As part of their mission to improve care for patients by providing meaningful data to participants, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) developed a comprehensive patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) guide. Fully updated for 2017, it helps to make the most of the AJRR PROM platform—from how to utilize it to capture data to guidance and suggestions on how… Read More

Bloomberg Reports on Use of Alternatives to Opioids

Recognizing the growing practice trend of using regional anesthesia, ibuprofen, acetaminophen and Novocain in the operating room, Bloomberg reported on the benefits to patients. The alternative pain control is being used for orthopaedic surgery and other types of surgeries as well. The article covers the reasons for the switch and how state laws play a part. Full story.