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Study: Infection risk unaffected by colonoscopy, joint replacement timing

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Editor's Note A study published May 7 in JAMA Open found no significant risk of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) when colonoscopy is performed within one year of total joint arthroplasty (TJA), whether the colonoscopy was done before or after the surgery. However, certain comorbidities such as kidney and pulmonary disease,…

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By: Matt Danford
May 28, 2024
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Study: Weight-loss drug semaglutide boosts repeat surgery risk

Editor's Note Popular weight-loss \ drug semaglutide could significantly increase risk for repeat operations patients with diabetes who undergo lumbar surgery. According to a May 8 report in Medscape Medical News, the findings are pending review for publication and reportedly provides the first evidence on the impact of semaglutide on…

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By: Matt Danford
May 17, 2024
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US News & World Report best ASCs ranking now available

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Editor's Note With the goal of helping patients choose if outpatient care is right for them and identify the right ambulatory surgery center (ASC) for their needs, US News & World Report unveiled on May 14 its inaugural ranking of the best ASCs in the US. Reportedly, “fewer than 15%…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 15, 2024
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Study: Knee arthritis surgery neither delays nor hastens total replacement

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Editor's Note Arthroscopic surgery for arthritis patients does not impact long-term incidence of total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a study published April 18 in Jama Network Open. The secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial focused on 178 adults diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and referred for…

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By: Matt Danford
May 8, 2024
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Study: Reverse total shoulder replacement long-term outcomes similar to traditional surgery

Editor's Note Research suggests patients qualifying for surgical treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) could benefit just as much from reverse total shoulder replacements (RTSR) as traditional anatomical total shoulder replacement (TSR). Led by the University of Oxford and involving researchers from the University of Bristol, the data appeared April 30 in…

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By: Matt Danford
May 8, 2024
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Robotic-assisted total knee replacements: Improved outcomes, higher costs

Editor's Note A new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows that total knee replacements performed with the aid of surgical robots generally yield better outcomes compared to traditional manual procedures, but at a higher cost, UT Southwestern’s Newsroom May 7 reports. Published in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 8, 2024
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Joint replacement manufacturer recalls products after FDA packaging warning

Editor's Note A January complaint about inefficient packaging for joint replacement products has prompted the manufacturer to recall certain knee and shoulder system devices after initially declining to take the products off the market, according to an April 23 report in Health Exec. The manufacturer, Exactech, is now recalling a…

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By: Matt Danford
April 25, 2024
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Study shows patient bias for general over regional anesthesia, importance of preoperative education

Editor's Note A recent study from the UK, the results of which were presented at the 6th annual World Congress on Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, shed light on patients' preferences and understandings regarding anesthesia options for outpatient orthopedic surgery, Anesthesiology News March 18 reports. It revealed a stronger expectation…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
April 3, 2024
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ASCs forecasted to continue seeing major expansion in orthopedic, spine procedures

Editor's Note Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) specializing in orthopedic and spine procedures are seeing a surge in growth, Orthopedics This Week April 2 reports. An "Impact of Change Forecast" report from Sg2, a Vizient Inc company, forecasts a 12% increase in orthopedics/spine ASCs in the next 5 years and a…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
April 3, 2024
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How gamification improves OR training, outcomes

Takeaways From mobile phone apps to immersive virtual reality surgery experiences, digital tools make healthcare training more interactive, more engaging, and more fun for everyone from nurses to surgeons. Modern procedures—including minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgery—require 50 to 100 cases for a surgeon to reach a safe proficiency level…

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By: Brita Belli
March 22, 2024
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