American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


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: Penicillin Allergy and Post-Op Infection

US News & World Report covered a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, “The Impact of a Reported Penicillin Allergy on Surgical Site Infection Risk.” The study concluded that patients who reported a penicillin allergy and received alternative perioperative antibiotics had a 50% increase of a surgical site infection. Records examined in the study included patients who… Read More

Collaborate in FARE-Funded Perioperative Antibiotic Study

The 2017 Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant recipient, Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD of Duke University, is conducting a prospective, randomized study, “Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty.” This study is aiming to establish level I evidence for single-dose versus 24-hour antibiotic prophylaxis in primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and is… Read More

Study Shows More Women Use Opioids than Men

Analysis in a study conducted by QuintilesIMS Institute (funded by Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and published in the report, “The United States of Non-Dependence,” looked at seven inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures including total knee and total hip replacement. “Excluding hysterectomies, researchers found that women were 40 percent more likely than men to become persistent opioid users after these… Read More

Study Shows Inactivity Persists after Joint Surgery

The study, “Changes in physical activity after total hip or knee arthroplasty: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 6 and 12 month outcomes,” published in Arthritis Care & Research this month looks at patient activity following hip and knee total joint replacement surgery. Authors concluded that “physical activity did not change at 6-months and a small-moderate improvement was… Read More

Study Examines Impact of OREF Grants on NIH Funding

OREF NIH graph

A study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) analyzed the rate at which investigators receiving certain Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) grants were able to secure funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after receiving an OREF grant. The study compared the future funding success of NIH applicants who received OREF funding… 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

FARE Grant Forms Due September 29

The second round of the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant application reviews is about to begin. We invite you to participate by sharing a research idea. Initial proposals will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a few outstanding applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal for evaluation. The top proposal… Read More

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

Bone Wax Study Published in JOA

A Seth Greenwald, DPhil (Oxon), gives his perspective on the study, “Bone wax seen as effective for decreasing total blood loss after TKA,” published in The Journal of Arthroplasty in May. Dr. Greenwald points out in an Orthopedics Today editorial that the study was done in the absence of tranexamic acid, and that “bone wax continues to enjoy both historical… Read More