Tag: total knee arthroplasty

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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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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New Joint Commission requirements for total hip, knee replacements focus on opioids, diabetes

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has released revised requirements for the advanced disease-specific care certification for total hip and total knee replacement (THKR). The requirements, which are designed to align with the updated AAOS clinical practice guidelines, go into effect July 1, 2024 and focus largely on addressing opioids and…

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By: Brita Belli
February 1, 2024
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Surgeons design implant coating to combat infections

Editor's Note: A point-of-care, antimicrobial coating for orthopedic implants could soon make implant-associated infections a problem of the past, UCLA Health reported on January 3. Developed by two UCLA surgeons, the coating is designed to kill or slow the spread of micro-organisms in order to prevent post-surgical infections. According to…

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By: Matt Danford
January 24, 2024
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Cleveland Clinic London surgeons perform TKA assisted by augmented reality

Editor's Note The Cleveland Clinic announced, on August 16, that surgeons at its London facility successfully performed a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with the assistance of an augmented reality-based platform designed with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Augmented reality, which gives a 3D visualization of the joint, helps with planning…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2023
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The Joint Commission revises THKR performance measure

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on August 9, announced that it is revising a performance measure for the advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification Program—THKR-5: Postoperative Functional/Health Status Assessment—to align with a similar Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) measure. The recently adopted CMS performance measure—Hospital-Level,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2023
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Complications, safety of simultaneous bilateral TKAs

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Los Angeles, find that patients having simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) are at increased risk of several types of complications, compared with patients having unilateral TKAs. A total of 21,044 patients having simultaneous bilateral TKAs…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2023
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Effect of private insurer bundled payment program for total joints on outcomes

Editor's Note This multi-center study led by Humana Inc, Louisville, Kentucky, finds that a bundled payment program offered by a Medicare Advantage insurer for lower extremity joint replacements was associated with reduced spending without changes in quality. A total of 23,034 lower extremity joint replacement surgical episodes (6,355 bundled, 16,679…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2023
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Effect of team dynamics on operative efficiency in total joints

Editor's Note In this study led by California's Stanford Health Care, researchers found significant associations of surgical team composition and dynamics with operative efficiency for total hip (THAs) and total knee arthroplasties (TKAs), independent of case complexity. The analysis included 641 total joint arthroplasties (279 THAs and 362 TKAs) performed…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2023
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AAOS: Patient satisfaction, outcomes after outpatient TJA, UKA in academic medical centers

Editor's Note This study, presented March 7 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in Las Vegas, finds high reported satisfaction and outcomes in patients who had outpatient joint arthroplasty procedures in academic medical centers. The study included 281 outpatient total joint arthroplasty (TJA) and unicondylar knee…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2023
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