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New pain management strategies key to maximizing patient outcomes after TKR procedures

New pain management strategies key to maximizing patient outcomes after TKR procedures

According to a new literature review in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 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 patient outcomes. [More]
Bariatric surgery prior to knee replacement benefits morbidly obese patients with end-stage osteoarthritis

Bariatric surgery prior to knee replacement benefits morbidly obese patients with end-stage osteoarthritis

Previous research studies have linked obesity to adverse outcomes and increased costs following total knee replacement surgery (TKR). A new, computer model-based evaluation appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, supports bariatric surgery in morbidly obese patients with end-stage osteoarthritis (loss of cartilage and joint pain, caused by aging and use) prior to TKR. [More]
MUSC researchers receive PCORI grant to study safety, effectiveness of three blood-thinning drugs

MUSC researchers receive PCORI grant to study safety, effectiveness of three blood-thinning drugs

A research team at the Medical University of South Carolina has been approved for a $13.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the safety and effectiveness of three blood-thinning drugs used to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. [More]
Racial disparities exist for black and Hispanic patients undergoing major surgeries in U.S. hospitals

Racial disparities exist for black and Hispanic patients undergoing major surgeries in U.S. hospitals

Considerable racial disparities exist in surgical outcomes for black and Hispanic patients undergoing major cancer and non-cancer surgeries in U.S. hospitals, even among institutions that have already enrolled in a national surgical quality improvement initiative. [More]
XARELTO reduces rates of major bleeding, recurrent blood clots in people with deep vein thrombosis

XARELTO reduces rates of major bleeding, recurrent blood clots in people with deep vein thrombosis

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, today announced the results from their real-world study XALIA showing that, in people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the rates of major bleeding and recurrent blood clots for XARELTO (rivaroxaban) in routine clinical practice were generally consistent with those observed in Phase 3 research. [More]
New study compares outcomes from two postoperative pain control methods in knee replacement patients

New study compares outcomes from two postoperative pain control methods in knee replacement patients

A new study published today in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association compared outcomes from two types of postoperative pain control methods in a group of patients who had both of their knees replaced. [More]
Weight loss can slow degeneration of knee cartilage in obese people

Weight loss can slow degeneration of knee cartilage in obese people

Obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight can significantly slow the degeneration of their knee cartilage, according to a new MRI study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. [More]
Archbishop of York agrees to become Antibiotic Research UK's Patron

Archbishop of York agrees to become Antibiotic Research UK's Patron

Antibiotic Research UK, a charity founded in 2014 to save modern medicine from the onslaught of superbugs, is delighted to announce that the Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York has agreed to become the Charity’s Patron. [More]
Excessive OR traffic during surgeries leads to postoperative infections

Excessive OR traffic during surgeries leads to postoperative infections

A “secret shopper” style study by researchers at Johns Hopkins analyzing foot traffic in and out of operating rooms suggests that for the sake of patient safety, OR teams may want to stay put more often. [More]
Lower socioeconomic status significantly increases risk of pain following knee replacement

Lower socioeconomic status significantly increases risk of pain following knee replacement

Non-white race and lack of education are known risk factors for pain and poorer function after knee replacement surgery. What isn't clear is how a community's poverty level affects the outcomes of having a joint replaced. Findings from a new study conducted by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery suggest that lower socioeconomic status at the community level significantly increases the risk of pain and poor function following a knee replacement. [More]
New Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery is safe option for managing type 2 diabetes in overweight or mildly obese patients

New Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery is safe option for managing type 2 diabetes in overweight or mildly obese patients

Weight-loss surgery, long considered a treatment largely reserved for people with severe obesity, may also be a good and safe option for the treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in those who are overweight or have mild to moderate obesity, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. [More]
Weight-loss surgery may be safe for managing type 2 diabetes in patients with mild obesity

Weight-loss surgery may be safe for managing type 2 diabetes in patients with mild obesity

Weight-loss surgery, long considered a treatment largely reserved for people with severe obesity, may also be a good and safe option for the treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in those who are overweight or have mild to moderate obesity, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. [More]
Students introduced to da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Students introduced to da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, fourth-through seventh-grade students from De Marillac Academy experienced first-hand what it is like to be a surgeon, thanks to the surgeons and operating room staff from Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. [More]
Isis Pharmaceuticals begins ISIS-FXI Rx Phase 2 study in patients with ESRD on hemodialysis

Isis Pharmaceuticals begins ISIS-FXI Rx Phase 2 study in patients with ESRD on hemodialysis

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the initiation of a Phase 2 study evaluating ISIS-FXIRx in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis. In May 2015, Isis entered into an exclusive license agreement with Bayer HealthCare (Bayer) to develop and commercialize ISIS-FXIRx for the prevention of clotting disorders. [More]
Hispanic, Medicaid patients less likely to receive regional anesthesia during hip and knee replacement surgery

Hispanic, Medicaid patients less likely to receive regional anesthesia during hip and knee replacement surgery

Patients who are black, Hispanic, on Medicaid or are uninsured may be less likely to receive regional anesthesia during hip and knee replacement surgery, possibly putting them at greater risk of serious complications, according to a study of more than 1 million orthopedic surgeries being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 annual meeting. [More]
Physician anesthesiologist-led care improves experience for patients having outpatient gallbladder surgery

Physician anesthesiologist-led care improves experience for patients having outpatient gallbladder surgery

Patients having outpatient gallbladder surgery whose experience was coordinated by a physician anesthesiologist through the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care had shorter wait times before surgery, recovered more quickly after the procedure and were less likely to require care for complications, according to two studies presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 annual meeting. [More]
Ember Therapeutics reports initial results from BMP-7 Phase II trial in patients with moderate osteoarthritis of the knee

Ember Therapeutics reports initial results from BMP-7 Phase II trial in patients with moderate osteoarthritis of the knee

Ember Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held, New York-based biopharmaceutical company that is developing targeted therapies for osteoarthritis, kidney fibrosis, and other indications using Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP)-7, announced today initial results from the Phase II(a) trial of local BMP-7 administration in patients with moderate osteoarthritis of the knee. [More]

Lima to acquire Zimmer Unicompartmental High Flex Knee and Discovery Elbow System for Japanese market

Lima Corporate announces it has entered into an agreement with Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. for the acquisition of the Zimmer Unicompartmental High Flex Knee and the Discovery Elbow System for the Japanese market. [More]
TXA drug reduces blood transfusion, saves costs

TXA drug reduces blood transfusion, saves costs

Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement since 2013 has helped St. Michael's Hospital reduce its number of red blood cell transfusions performed during these surgeries by more than 40 per cent without negatively affecting patients, according to new research. [More]
Appropriate pre-surgical physical therapy can help joint replacement patients recover faster

Appropriate pre-surgical physical therapy can help joint replacement patients recover faster

For people contemplating a hip or knee replacement, the prospect of a long post-surgical recovery can be a daunting one. The grueling rehabilitation sessions, the frustration of re-learning everyday movements, the weeks of waiting to return to "normal"— it's almost enough to make patients reconsider surgery. [More]
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