American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Norwegian Study Investigates Metabolic Syndrome

A study published this month in Clinical Epidemiology, “Metabolic syndrome as a risk factor for total hip or knee replacement due to primary osteoarthritis: a prospective cohort study,” used data from the HUNT2 Study and the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register to conclude that “neither metabolic syndrome nor its components were associated with increased risk of THR or TKR due… Read More

Study Published on Same-Day, Inpatient Surgery

A study published last week in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery compared the morbidity between same-day and inpatient total hip and total knee replacement surgeries. The authors used registry data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. “No significant differences in overall postoperative complications or readmission were found between matched cohorts of patients who underwent same-day… Read More

FARE Applications Due in February

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant application reviews will begin in February. We invite you to participate by sharing a research idea for consideration of a FARE grant. 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… Read More

OA Study Shows How Patients Treat Hip/Knee Pain

MedPage Today reported, “Osteoarthritis (OA) patients may be underusing physical therapy, knee joint injections, and topical creams to treat pain and other symptoms, according to the results of a secondary analysis of three clinical trials in North Carolina. Across the three studies, 39% to 52% of patients with symptomatic hip or knee OA ever had used physical therapy,… Read More

FARE Grant Awarded at Annual Meeting

FARE Dr. Shohat

AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA announced at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting that Noam Shohat, MD of the Rothman Institute is the recipient of the second Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant. His study, “Fructosamine as a Predictor of Surgical Outcomes in Total Joint Arthroplasty,” was selected for the FARE funding in a blinded… 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: 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