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Low early complication, mortality rates seen after total ankle arthroplasty

February 10, 2016

Recently published data indicated that in the United States, total ankle arthroplasty is a relatively safe surgery with an overall 30-day complication rate of 1.4%.

Using the University HealthSystems Consortium administrative database, researchers identified 2,340 adult patients who underwent total ankle arthroplasty between 2007 and 2011. Investigators analyzed patients’ demographics, hospital length of stay, hospital direct cost, and in-hospital mortality and 30-day readmission rates.  Predictive preoperative factors for increased risk of 30-day complications were determined by univariate regression analysis.

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Progression of cartilage degeneration reduced after lateral meniscal allograft transplantation

February 10, 2016
Investigators of this study found substantial articular cartilage degeneration at the time of the initial subtotal or total lateral meniscectomy among patients who later…
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Senate proposes new safety requirements for reusable devices

February 9, 2016
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today favorably reported a bill requiring manufacturers of reusable medical devices like duodenoscopes to…
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Legislators ask for national surveillance of neurological illnesses

February 9, 2016
The Senate health committee today recommended the establishment of a national surveillance system for neurological diseases.The objective of the “Advancing…
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Senate proposes EHR fix for physicians, patients

February 9, 2016
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions unanimously recommended a measure today that would improve the use of electronic health records for…
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Workers' Compensation, Return to Work, and Lumbar Fusion for Spondylolisthesis

Orthopedics, January 2016, Volume 39 Issue 1
Lumbar fusion for spondylolisthesis is associated with consistent outcomes in the general population. However, workers'…
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Bundled Payments in Orthopedic Surgery: February 2015

Bundled payments, the idea of paying a single price for a bundle of goods and services, is a financial concept familiar…
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