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Newer pain management strategies can lead to quicker, shorter recovery after total knee replacements

According to a new literature review in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), a team-based care approach (consisting of the patient, family members, the orthopaedic surgeon and other medical practitioners) on total knee replacement (TKR) procedures, in conjunction with newer pain management strategies, is key to maximizing […]

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Highly cross-linked polyethylene bearings showed low revision rate, high survivorship after THA

Total hip arthroplasty performed with first-generation annealed highly cross-linked polyethylene bearings in young, active patients showed 97% survivorship at 10 years and a low revision rate for wear-related failure. Researchers identified 91 patients who underwent 112 total hip arthroplasty THA) procedures between 1999 and 2003 with an average University of California Los Angeles Activity Score […]

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Shorter hospital stay for hip fracture associated with increased odds of survival

The longer a hip fracture patient stays in a hospital, the more likely that patient will die within 30 days of leaving, according to a study led by Stephen Kates, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. The study, published in a December 2015 issue of […]

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Obesity and total joint arthroplasty: Time to examine needs in a different light

The prevalence of obesity in the general population is increasing. Obesity is estimated to affect approximately one-third of adults in the United States. It is estimated that 6.1 million patients who undergo total joint arthroplasty will be obese by 2040. Resource: Healio Read more

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Hospital Economics of Primary THA Decreasing Reimbursement and Increasing Cost, 1990 to 2008

The introduction of new technology has increased the hospital cost of THA. Considering the impending epidemic of hip osteoarthritis in the United States, the projections of THA prevalence, and national cost-containment initiatives, we are concerned about the decreasing economic feasibility of hospitals providing THA. Resource: NCBI Read more

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