Editors Choice

Editors' Choice articles & Announcements from the Orthogate Team.

Findings from a study published in the Feb. 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggest that smokers may be at increased risk of reoperation for infection following total joint arthroplasty (TJA). 

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A study published online in the journal JAMA Surgery suggests that patients whose surgeons have large numbers of unsolicited patient observations in the 24 months prior to a surgical procedure may be at increased risk of complications. 

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Findings from a study published online in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery suggest that insurance payer status may be associated with perioperative complication risk for patients who undergo shoulder arthroplasty. 

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Modern Healthcare reports that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will soon vote on a proposal that among other things would allow first-year residents to work 28-hour shifts—an increase from the current 16-hour limit. 

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Findings from a study conducted in Norway and published in the Feb. 9 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine shed doubt on the efficacy of administration of low-molecular-weight heparin for thromboprophylaxis following knee arthroscopy or lower leg casting. 

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Two representatives from U.S. News & World Report will present plans for and seek input on a proposed methodology to create a new rating system for hip and knee surgeons. 

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According to The Baltimore Sun, the American College of Surgeons and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality are recruiting 750 U.S. hospitals to adopt Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols designed to improve outcomes and reduce risks to patients. 

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Findings presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists suggest that typical postoperative precautions followed after hip arthroplasty may increase inpatient rehabilitation time and slow overall recovery. 

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According to a study published online in The Journal of Hand Surgery, both volar locking plates and fragment-specific fixation may offer similar outcomes for treatment of primarily nonreducible or secondarily redisplaced distal radius fractures, although fragement-specific fixation may be linked to an increased risk of complication. 

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Findings from a study published online in The American Journal of Sports Medicine suggest that hamstring tendon graft combined with anterolateral ligament reconstruction (HT+ALL) may offer reduced failure rates compared to bone–patellar tendon–bone (B-PT-B) graft or quadrupled hamstring tendon (4HT) graft for patients who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. 

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