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New Patient Education from AAHKS: Infection Risk

Here is an excerpt from the latest article, “Decreasing Your Infection Risk,” published by the AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee. Infection is a difficult problem that affects one out of 100 people after joint replacement surgery. If your joint becomes infected after surgery, it usually means additional surgery will be needed to treat the infection. It also… Read More

What Patients are Viewing: Younger Patients Receiving TJA

CNN aired a story this week that reports the average age of patients who elect to have total joint replacement surgery is decreasing. Citing the study “Changing Demographics in Primary and Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty, 2000-2014,” presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, the story explains that advances in technology are among some of the… Read More

Call for Submissions for AAHKS 2018

The AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee invites abstract submissions, symposium proposals and surgical technique video proposals for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. All submissions are due by June 1, 2018. Submit high-quality scientific and socioeconomic abstracts, symposium proposals covering all aspects of arthroplasty and health policy and high-quality, clinically relevant videos. Visit the AAHKS submission website for guidelines and… Read More

Perioperative or Postoperative Antibiotics? White Paper in Arthroplasty Today Gives AAHKS Position

The March issue of Arthroplasty Today published this week features a white paper, “Postoperative prophylactic antibiotics in total joint arthroplasty,” authored by Adolph J. Yates Jr., MD, stating the official AAHKS position. On May 3, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued their Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection that includes ordering perioperative antibiotics… Read More

Timely JOA Article on Safe Discharge

An article-in-press in the Journal of Arthroplasty, “Can Total Knee Arthroplasty Be Performed Safely as an Outpatient in the Medicare Population?” features a study comparing the complication rates between outpatient, short-stay and inpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Co-author, P. Maxwell Courtney, MD, a former AAHKS Health Policy Fellow, was interviewed by Orthopedics This Week regarding this “hot button”… Read More

New Patient Education from AAHKS: Metal Allergy/Sensitivity

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published a new article, “Allergic or Sensitive to Metal?” on the AAHKS patient education website. The article explains testing for metal allergy and signs of sensitivity before and after surgery and addresses implant concerns. “While up to 14% of people will have some reaction to certain metal allergy tests, metal allergy… Read More

Spanish-Language Session Added to AAHKS Spring Meeting

Cirugía de Cadera Hoy, Ayer y Mañana: 100 Años de Experiencia (Hip Surgery Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow: 100 Years of Experience) has been added to the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting program on May 3, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Moderated by former AAHKS President, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, the program will be presented in Spanish. View the faculty and… Read More

Join the International Guest Session at AAHKS Spring Meeting

Cirugía de Cadera Hoy, Ayer y Mañana: 100 Años de Experiencia Hip Surgery Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow: 100 Years of Experience Fecha: 3 de mayo de 2018 Hora: 4:00 a 6:00 p.m. (EDT) Ubicación: InterContinental Miami, Merrick I El programa será presentado en español (the program will be presented in Spanish). I. Introducción Rafael J. Sierra, MD Carlos J. Lavernia, MD Bryan… Read More

AAHKS, AAOS Comment to CMS on Pressing Issues

AAHKS signed on to an AAOS comment letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, regarding issues with Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-A). While BPCI-A is a welcome new model for bundled payments for many orthopaedic procedures, this letter speaks to some problems with the model, including the fact that Comprehensive Care… Read More

Program Finalized for AAHKS Spring Meeting

spring meeting faculty

Symposia topics, moderators and faculty have been finalized for the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting taking place May 4-5, 2018 in Miami. In addition, a special International Guest Session will be moderated by past AAHKS President, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD. “Cirugía de Cadera Hoy, Ayer y Mañana: 100 Años de Experiencia” (Hip Surgery Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow: 100 Years… Read More