In the Journals

Perioperative gabapentin linked with ‘modest’ impact on opioid cessation following surgery

December 13, 2017
Investigators found perioperative gabapentin compared with placebo did not impact the time to postoperative pain resolution. However, gabapentin did…

Policy brief: Trump administration actions threaten access for LGBT patients

December 13, 2017
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are likely to encounter increased discrimination as they try to access health care services after a…
FDA News

FDA launches tool to improve management of antibiotic use

December 13, 2017
The FDA announced the launch of a new website that streamlines its approach to updating critical information regarding antibiotics and antifungal…

NuVasive enters agreement to acquire SafePassage

December 13, 2017
NuVasive Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SafePassage. According to a company press release, the addition of…

New appropriate use criteria for management of hip OA approved by AAOS

December 13, 2017
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors approved new appropriate use criteria for management of osteoarthritis of the hip…
FDA News

Majority of FDA advisory committee finds anular closure device unsafe for prevention of disc reherniation

December 12, 2017
The Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA had mixed votes for three questions regarding…

AMA: 4 out of 5 US physicians are cyberattack victims

December 12, 2017
Slightly more than 80% of U.S. physicians have experienced a type of cybersecurity attack, with the most common being phishing and computer viruses…

Net neutrality repeal may diminish telemedicine access, harm small practices

December 12, 2017
A repeal of net neutrality as proposed by the Federal Communications Commission could lead to unintended and devastating consequences for physicians…
In the Journals

Obese, non-obese patients had similar absolute pain, function scores after TKA

December 12, 2017
Patients with high BMI who underwent total knee arthroplasty experienced absolute pain and function scores similar to non-obese patients. Researchers…

In2Bones receives FDA clearance for forefoot bone plating system

December 12, 2017
In2BonesGlobal Inc. announced its subsidiary In2Bones USA LLC received FDA clearance for its CoLink forefoot bone plating system to be used for bone…
In the Journals

High blood cobalt, chromium levels had no cardiotoxic effect on patients with MoM implants

December 11, 2017
Recently published results showed high blood cobalt and chromium levels did not have any significant cardiotoxic effect among patients with a…
In the Journals

Similar outcomes seen after TKA with vs without prior arthroscopic surgery

December 11, 2017
Results from this study demonstrated patients who had previous non-ACL arthroscopic procedures and those without prior surgery had similar clinical…
In the Journals

Obese patients at greater risk for infection after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction

December 10, 2017
Patients who underwent posterior spinal fusion for the correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and were obese had a greater risk for…

FDA grants clearance for PEEK-Optima HA vertebral body replacement system

December 9, 2017
Invibio Biomaterial Solutions announced that the Omnia Medical VBR system became the first product made of polyetheretherketone or PEEK- Optima…
In the Journals

Infection risk after hip arthroscopy affected by timing of intra-articular hip injection

December 8, 2017
Patients who received a preoperative intra-articular hip injection within 3 months of hip arthroscopy experienced an increased risk of infection…
In the Journals

Similar improvements in patient outcome measures found with ankle arthrodesis, replacement

December 8, 2017
Despite similar improvements in comfort and function after ankle arthrodesis or total ankle replacement, results published in The Journal of Bone
Point/Counter

What noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures, excluding injections, are effective in patients with low-grade knee OA?

Orthopedics Today, December 2017
When we are treating low-grade OA, we tell our patients the optimal management requires both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic modalities. The first…
Cover Story

Painful knee OA continues to present treatment challenges

Orthopedics Today, December 2017
For the past 20 years, several viscosupplementation or hyaluronic acid injection products with differing molecular weight, sources, concentrations…
Perspective

News that CMS removed TKA from inpatient-only list comes at start of AAHKS meeting

Orthopedics Today, December 2017
DALLAS — The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting got underway here on Nov. 2, the day after an announcement from CMS…
Practice Management Improvement Strategies

Five operational challenges that may be slowing you down

Orthopedics Today, December 2017
Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA
Is your orthopedic clinic running as smoothly as it could? Do you find yourself getting behind or waiting around for patients to complete their…