American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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Study Published on TJR Cost Effectiveness

Researchers published a study in Central Musculoskeletal Disorders concluding that “THA and TKA are cost-effective and should be recommended for the management of patients with end stage/severe knee and hip OA.” Orthopedics Today breaks down the research in four key points of the most cost-effective measures: 1) surgery without delay, 2) high-volume hospitals, 3) THA vs. non-operative strategies,… Read More

FARE Grant Award Recipient Announced

AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA announced at the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting that Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD of Duke University is the recipient of the first Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant. His study, “Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty,” was selected for the FARE Funding by the AAHKS… Read More

Study Published on TJR Opioid Use

“One in 14 patients who use opioids before total hip or knee replacement surgery become persistent users during the year after their operation, according to a study published April 19 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage,” reported Medscape this week. Using data from the United HealthCare/Optum Clinformatics Data Mart Database, researchers determined that about 87% of patients used opioids before… Read More

Orthopedics Today Looks at Robotics In Depth

The April issue of Orthopedics Today features a cover story on the use of robotics in total knee arthroplasty. The article, “Robotic-assisted systems may lead to more accurate knee arthroplasty procedures,” includes interviews with several AAHKS members including Past President Lawrence D. Dorr, MD. The article also cites an October 2016 study by David J. Jacofsky, MD and… Read More

Professor Studying Hip Replacements in Space

The Bournemouth University Orthopaedic Research Institute in the United Kingdom is heading up a surgical robotics study that will explore the idea of performing hip replacement surgery in space. According to the Daily Echo, orthopaedic surgeon Robert Middleton intends to propose the idea to the Mars One organization for their mission to settle humans on Mars. Citing advancements… Read More

FARE Grant Finalists Announced

Finalists for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant have been selected. The winning recipient, whose high-caliber research project will receive the FARE grant, will be announced at the AAHKS Spring Meeting next month. The finalists are: Peter Boyle, DO (The Rothman Institute) P. Maxwell Courtney, MD (Rush University) Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc (NYULMC) Thorsten M.… Read More

Study: Men Display Greater Cognitive Impairment Following Hip Fracture

MedPage Today reported on a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “Cognitive Differences between Men and Women who Fracture their Hip and Impact on Six-Month Survival.” Authors conducted a prospective study of hip fracture patients to determine the relationship between cognition and mortality after hip fracture and whether there was a difference between men… Read More

Analysis of BPCI Shows No Increase in Volume

The Altarum Institute published a study last week stating that BPCI did not lead to a statistically significant rise in volume of total joint replacement procedures at participating hospitals. Referencing a recent BPCI study published in JAMA, the study’s authors stated, “Our analysis of Medicare fee-for-service data from 2010 through 2015 by hospital, for all lower extremity joint… Read More

Systematic Review of PRO after THA

A study published in Orthopedics evaluated the quality of patient satisfaction reporting after THA. Researchers looked at 755 studies in the MEDLINE database and concluded that “few studies have examined patient satisfaction after THA and that both the quality and the level of evidence were moderately low. Although THA is considered a highly successful procedure that improves the… Read More

Latest Articles in Press Posted to Arthroplasty Today

The following articles were posted to Arthroplasty Today ahead of the next issue: External fixator immobilization after extensor mechanism reconstruction in total knee arthroplasty Colin D. Canham, Christopher Walsh, Stephen J. Incavo Severe heterotopic ossification and stiffness after revision knee surgery for a periprosthetic fracture Maher Baroudi, Pascale Derome, Michel Malo Read full-text articles in the current issue.