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On a Lighter Note: Actor John Cleese Second Hip Replaced

British actor and comedian, John Cleese, announced recently that he had his second hip replacement surgery. After Tweeting that he was walking around Los Angeles a week later, Cleese expressed gratitude to his surgeon. Predictably, comments about “The Ministry of Silly Walks” made famous by the Monty Python comedy troupe, ensued. Go to Cleese Twitter feed.

Nova Scotia TJR Wait Times Below National Average

The CBC/Radio-Canada News reports that despite wait times for total joint replacement in Nova Scotia improving since 2012, the wait times are still below the national average. The Canadian Institute for Health Information released their wait time report this week. “About 90 per cent of Nova Scotia patients receive their hip replacements within 750 days and knee replacements… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Discharge to Home after TJR

Every Day Health featured an article for patients that highlighted research presented at the AAOS Annual Meeting. “Home Beats Rehab for Knee, Hip Replacement Recovery,” explains that the study by past President William J. Hozack, MD and colleagues concluded that “patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as,… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Knee Replacement Exercises

Prevention magazine has published, “4 Best Exercises To Do If You’ve Had A Knee Replacement” in their fitness section. The article includes interviews with several AAHKS members and features photos and video of exercise position demonstrations. Full story.

Dr. Patrick Conway, Receives AMA’s Dr. Nathan Davis Award

Dr. Patrick Conway

AAHKS nominee, Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Chief Medical Officer, received the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. In a ceremony on February 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C., the AMA presented Dr. Conway with the award for his work… Read More

Cellphone Use in the OR

An article in the Orthopedic Medical Legal Advisor column of Orthopedics Today by AAHKS member, B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD and his partner Lawrence H. Brenner, JD examines the new sources of legal liability and related pitfalls that can be created when cellphones are used in the operating room. Full story.

Becker’s Publishes ACS Stats on Outpatient TJR

An article in Becker’s ASC Review lists 16 statistical points about outpatient total joint replacement. The article looks at the rise in outpatient procedures from 2012 to 2015 and projects the numbers into 2026. It also covers length of stay, hospital and Medicare costs, pain management and patient selection. Full story.

Tom Price Confirmed to Lead HHS

Sen Barrasso, Dr Santore and Dr Price in 2010

Congressman, Tom Price, MD, was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) early Friday. Dr. Price’s experience as an orthopaedic surgeon gives him a critically important perspective on the real-world impact of health policy including the importance of access, coverage, the doctor-patient relationship, clinical decision making and challenges of navigating… Read More

Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger

American Medical Association President, Andrew W. Gurman, MD, issued a statement on Wednesday after a U.S. Federal judge blocked the purchase of Cigna by rival insurer Anthem. Dr. Gurman said, “In a David vs. Goliath battle between consumers and mega insurers, a federal judge today ruled that Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna poses a clear and present threat… Read More

Britain’s NHS Rations TJR

The Guardian is reporting a funding shortage in Britain’s National Health Service that has prompted them to issue a statement that hip and knee replacements “will have to be rationed.” The NHS is suggesting a model where some parts of the country will be affected more than others, and only those patients who are in moderate to severe… Read More