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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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‘In the News’

A Closer Look at the ACR/AAHKS Guideline

In an interview with Medscape, Susan Goodman, MD describes in-depth the process that took place to develop the new guideline, “2017 American College of Rheumatology/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Dr. Goodman explains how ACR and… Read More

Indiana Physician Killed over Opioids

On July 26, 2017, Todd Graham, MD was shot and killed by the spouse of a patient who was demanding an opioid prescription for pain. Dr. Graham was a board certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine partner at South Bend Orthopaedics in Mishawaka, Indiana. According to an article in STAT news, he refused the first-time patient… Read More

NHS Wait Times Highest in 10 Years

Last April, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) issued a statement that only patients in moderate to severe pain could obtain hip or knee replacement surgeries. This “rationing” was put in place to ease the strain on the NHS surgery wait times. The Telegraph is reporting figures now show that the number of people waiting for routine surgery in… 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 YourWestValley.com… 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.

Senior Olympian Earns Gold, Silver Medals

Wally Dashiell, 93, of Stevensville, Alabama, took home gold and silver awards in the National Senior Olympics held in Birmingham this month. A track and field athlete in all areas including distance running and jumping, Dashiell now focuses on the hammer throw after receiving a total knee replacement in 2013 and a total hip replacement in 2015. She… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Home after Surgery

Twin Cities PBS, featured the article “Should You Go Home after a Hip or Knee Replacement?” in their Next Avenue online media publication for older adults. Citing studies by AAHKS members Douglas E. Padgett, MD and William J. Hozack, MD, the article explains how patients fare well when recovering at home immediately following TJR surgery. Full story.

What Patients are Viewing: New Hip/Knee Techniques

Dr. Max Gomez of CBS New York featured a story this week that focuses on new technologies in hip and knee replacement surgery that make recovery quicker. Dr. Gomez reports, “Total joint replacements are now being done in younger and much older patients — younger because knees and hips are easily lasting 20, even 30 years and more,… Read More

Rocker Talks about THR

Mötley Crüe founder and bassist, Nikki Sixx, had hip replacement surgery last month in Los Angeles. The 58 year-old heavy-metal rock star has been touring since the early 80s and is producing a Broadway musical based on his New York Times best-selling autobiography. According to WAAF in Boston, after his surgery, Sixx was “amazed by the time it… Read More

Anthem/Cigna Merger Blocked Again

Health insurers Anthem and Cigna Corp. failed in their appeal to merge again this week. According to Modern Healthcare, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a lower court ruling from February that blocked the two insurers from merging on grounds that the combination would harm competition, particularly in the national employer market.” Full story.