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Actor Alec Baldwin Receives THR

Entertainment Weekly reported that television and film actor, Alec Baldwin, received a total hip replacement this week. His wife, Hilaria Baldwin, posted updates on Instagram as the 59-year old prepared for and recovered from surgery, “Thank you for your kind wishes. I know many of you are anxious to hear how he is doing. We have been here… Read More

Senate Confirms New HHS Head

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to The Hill, Azar served previously under George W. Bush as HHS general counsel and also as deputy secretary. Most recently, Azar held the president position at pharmaceutical company, Lilly USA. Full story.

Former UK Tennis Pro Recalls TJR

Professional tennis player, Jo Durie, formerly ranked number one in Britain and now retired tells the story of her battle with joint pain during her career and of her knee and hip replacement surgeries. The Telegraph interviewed Durie following a social media post by another former number one UK tennis pro, Andy Murray, who recently underwent hip arthroscopy… Read More

Nine-Year Olds Write Patient Guides

WBEZ-NPR in Chicago recently reported on a patient education readability study conducted by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in England. Researchers evaluated patient brochures on hip and knee replacement and found the readability level to be higher than that of the average reader in Great Britain. As part of the study, “researchers recruited 57 nearby elementary… Read More

AAHKS Resource Center on Orthopedics Today

Video interviews and articles covering the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting are available on the Orthopedics Today website. One of the highlight videos is of AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA discussing the cutting-edge research presented, new CMS rules, digital health, robotics, assistive technologies, trends in joint replacement, the Industry Leadership Forum, patient education and young members… Read More

Paper Shows Opioid Use Down Post TJA

A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, “Multimodal Pain Management in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Trends Over the Last 10 Years,” showed that “in-hospital opioid use after hip and knee replacement surgeries decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014. According to MedicalXpress, researchers examined trends in multi-modal therapy and concluded that… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Antibiotic Embedded Implants

A study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering explores the idea of antibiotic-releasing polymers being used in joint implant components. Invisiverse quotes one of the study’s authors, “Our finding that polyethylene, the most commonly used weight-bearing surface in total joint surgery, can be made to safely and effectively release antibiotics, and that fully weight-bearing implants made with this material… Read More

Seattle Hospital Implements New Concurrent Surgery Policy

Swedish Medical Center in Seattle implemented an updated concurrent surgery policy that requires surgeons to be present for a “substantial majority” of surgical procedures, according to Doximity. Swedish released the statement, “We have established more specific parameters around attending surgeon presence during surgical procedures. We have also enhanced monitoring, centralized scheduling and revised patient-consent communications.” Full story.