Why is open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) the gold standard for managing periprosthetic fractures of the distal femur? Because it works, George J. Haidukewych, MD, told attendees at ICJR’s Advanced Techniques in Total Hip & Total Knee Arthroplasty course, achieving bony union in more than 90% of cases.
Using data from the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry, researchers evaluated whether implant choice in revision total hip arthroplasty for dislocation can reduce the risk of recurrent dislocations and, subsequently, the need for a second revision surgery.
Study shows opioid use among US patients with knee osteoarthritis costs 14 billion dollars in societal costs
Although guidelines do not recommend use of opioids to manage pain for individuals with knee osteoarthritis, a recent study published early online in Arthritis Care & Research, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Rheumatology Professionals, estimates that 858,000 Americans use opioids such as tramadol and oxycodone for their knee pain, equating to $14 billion in lifetime opioid-related societal costs, or nearly $0.5 billion annually.
Surgeons who participate in the American Joint Replacement Register (AJRR) have contributed the details on nearly 1 million primary total knee arthroplasties (TKA) performed in the US, providing a snapshot of trends in this common orthopaedic procedure.
This year, COVID-19 has made decisions around surgery tougher than ever for folks who may need one. But one major medical group can help provide some answers.