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Study finds that patients who lose weight have better joint replacement outcomes

Study finds that patients who lose weight have better joint replacement outcomes

While many overweight patients have the best intentions to lose weight after joint replacement, a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that although some are able to achieve this goal, equal numbers of patients actually gain weight after hip or knee replacement. [More]
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer announce FDA approval of Eliquis for DVT prophylaxis

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer announce FDA approval of Eliquis for DVT prophylaxis

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Eliquis (apixaban) for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. [More]
Study finds that same-day bilateral knee replacement surgery safe for select patients with RA

Study finds that same-day bilateral knee replacement surgery safe for select patients with RA

Same-day bilateral knee replacement surgery is safe for select patients with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York have found. [More]
Bariatric surgery may reduce knee pain in elevated BMI patients

Bariatric surgery may reduce knee pain in elevated BMI patients

​There is a known link between elevated body mass index (BMI) and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA). While patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery (GBS)-a procedure that closes off much of the stomach and causes food to bypass a portion of the small intestine─typically lose weight, the comparative impact of this weight loss on knee pain and function has not been measured. [More]
Study questions conventional wisdom that patients should wait 6 weeks after hip replacement before driving

Study questions conventional wisdom that patients should wait 6 weeks after hip replacement before driving

After hip replacement surgery, many patients are anxious to resume driving, and a new study challenges the conventional wisdom that patients should wait six weeks before getting back behind the wheel. [More]

Optimizing patient health before total knee replacement surgery may reduce need for revisions

The number of total knee replacement (TKR) procedures continues to climb, as does the number of revision total knee replacement (RTKR) surgeries. In the study, "The Epidemiology of Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty in the United States," presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers used the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) to evaluate the cause of knee failure for 301,718 revision RTKR surgeries performed between 2005 and 2010. [More]
Women are most likely to experience serious pain following knee replacement than men

Women are most likely to experience serious pain following knee replacement than men

Middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from an injury are among the patients most likely to experience serious pain following a knee replacement, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have found. [More]
Total joint replacement may reduce risk for cardiac events and boost long-term survival

Total joint replacement may reduce risk for cardiac events and boost long-term survival

​Hip and knee replacements have long been known to reduce pain and increase mobility in persons with moderate-to-severe arthritis. A study presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) also found that total joint replacement (TJR) may reduce the risk for "cardiac events," including heart attack and stroke, and boost long-term survival. [More]
Statins combined with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, reduce VTE risk by 48%

Statins combined with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, reduce VTE risk by 48%

Statins have long been known to lower cholesterol and, more recently, to decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in healthy, non-surgical patients. [More]

UOC ventures into U.S. market to offer safe, cost-effective hip and knee devices

Today, United Orthopedic Corporation (UOC) - a leading international designer, manufacturer, and distributor of innovative orthopedic implants and instruments - announced its entrance into the American market, offering clinically proven, safe and cost-effective hip and knee devices through its U.S. subsidiary, UOC USA. [More]
Research roundup: Medicaid peer support; doctor Jokes; ACA's asset rules for coverage

Research roundup: Medicaid peer support; doctor Jokes; ACA's asset rules for coverage

Since 2009, the eight states (Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin) participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Maximizing Enrollment program have worked to streamline and simplify enrollment systems, policies, and processes for children and those eligible for coverage in 2014. ... States [focused] on five key areas: 1) applications, 2) eligibility determinations, 3) renewals and transfers, 4) notices, and 5) business processes. [More]
Ortho Development receives FDA clearance for patented Knee Articulating Spacer Molds

Ortho Development receives FDA clearance for patented Knee Articulating Spacer Molds

Ortho Development Corporation has received FDA clearance for its patented KASM Knee Articulating Spacer Molds. KASM is a cement spacer mold intended for use in treating patients who develop an infection after undergoing total knee replacement surgery. [More]

Study: Patients more likely to die in hospitals when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads

Patients are more likely to die after common surgical procedures when they are cared for in hospitals with heavier nurse workloads and fewer nurses with bachelor's degrees, concludes the largest investigation of nursing and hospital outcomes in Europe to date, published in The Lancet. [More]

Regional anesthesia may not make patients more prone to falls after knee replacement surgery

Two types of regional anesthesia do not make patients more prone to falls in the first days after having knee replacement surgery as some have previously suggested, according to a study based on nearly 200,000 patient records in the March issue of Anesthesiology. [More]

iASSIST device improves surgical precision, accuracy in total knee replacements

Each year, approximately 600,000 total knee replacement procedures are performed in the United States, a number that is expected to rise exponentially in the next decade as the population ages. Successful surgeries require precise alignment in the knee, a challenging task made even more daunting by the expected rise in procedures. To help meet this demand, UC San Diego Health System is the first in the nation to use iASSIST, a computer navigation system with Bluetooth-like technology that improves surgical precision and accuracy in total knee replacements, decreasing the need for revision surgery. [More]

Insurgical single-use orthopaedic power tools used in total knee replacement procedure

On February, 5, orthopaedic surgeon Thomas Ferro, MD, successfully performed a total knee replacement procedure using Insurgical single-use orthopaedic power tools. This operation marked the first time FDA cleared single-use, cordless, handheld power tools were used in an orthopaedic operation in the United States. Specialty surgical power tools used to cut and shape bone are required in over 1.5 million orthopaedic procedures annually in the United States. [More]

Tufts Medical Center receives funds to develop mathematical models to identify patients for clinical trials

​A Tufts Medical Center research team at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS) has been approved for a funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop a method for patient-centered enrollment in comparative effectiveness trials called Mathematical Equipoise. [More]

Viewpoints: Target has the right idea for part-timers; health law 'beyond rescue;' fighting back to secure the right to abortion

The big noise on the health insurance front today was sounded by Target, which announced via a corporate blog that it's ending health insurance for its part-time workers. Instead of signing up for a company plan, they're encouraged to use the health care exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act. ... [More]

Surgeon highlights factors that can prevent revision surgery after hip or knee replacement

Hundreds of thousands of hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year, and they are highly successful in eliminating pain, restoring mobility and improving quality of life. [More]
Surgeons at French hospital perform first Navio UKR procedures

Surgeons at French hospital perform first Navio UKR procedures

Blue Belt Technologies announces the first Navio™ unicondylar knee replacement (UKR) procedures performed in France, completed on September 30th, October 15th and Nov 4th 2013 by Professor Philippe Neyret and Dr. Sébastien Lustig at Hospices Civils de Lyon in France. [More]