Today's News

Saturday, February 24, 1996

Open synovectomy offers better results for rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow

Using open synovectomy and radial head extension instead of arthroscopic synovectomy to treat rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow produces better long-term results, even though arthroscopy is less invasive and has a reduced rehabilitation time.

Total knee replacement surgery improves function, reduces long-term costs

Total knee replacement dramatically improves a patient's quality of life and significantly reduces his/her long-term treatment costs.

1995 Joint Parade raised $700,000 for research and education

Walkers from 55 locations throughout the United States who participated in the 1995 A Joint Parade helped raise public awareness and $700,000 to support research and education for orthopaedics.

OREF launches new giving initiative

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) began a new giving initiative in the 1995 Annual Campaign to maximize support for research and education programs. Seventeen of the 18 Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMMS) organizations have joined in partnership with OREF.

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation raised $4.3 million in 1995.

Clinical pathways cut costs for total hip arthroplasty

A clinical pathway and implant standardization program can reduce cost and maintain excellent quality of total hip arthroplasty.

Says balance board exercises help elderly master their fear of falling

Ninety-five percent of elderly patients from a variety of assisted living facilities who participated in a uniaxial balance board program improved not only their balance but increased their confidence, according to a study presented in Scientific Exhibit S04.

Auxiliary pin in external fixator aids children's fractures

Placement of an auxiliary pin in external fixators can minimize complications in treating femoral shaft fractures in children under the age of six years.

Medicare reform sparks new battle for access to specialty care

With Medicare reform on the legislative agenda in Washington, the Academy's Council on Health Policy and Practice has been engaged in an organized effort to ensure that access to specialty care is included in managed care contracts for Medicare.

Patient Access to Specialty Care Coalition advocates patients' right to choice of specialists

In response to health care reform proposals and certain provisions in managed care contracts that many feel restrict patient access to specialty medical care, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and more than 100 other medical and consumer organizations formed the Patient Access to Specialty Care Coalition.

Says ultrasonic tools useful for revision surgery

Revision total hip arthroplasty poses many technical challenges among which is cement removal. It often involves increased operative time, blood loss, as well as increased rates of bone perforation and fracture.

Bennett issues call to arms; return to virtue and family values

"We are going through a period in this country where federal government continues to grow bigger and stronger while states, communities and families are growing weaker," according to Friday's Presidential Guest Speaker William J. Bennett, former secretary of education and U.S. drug czar.

Wrist guards may not prevent fractures to in-line skaters

Wrist guards can help protect in-line skaters against scrapes and abrasions, but more serious injuries such as fractures still can occur with or without the wrist guard on.

Stretching and heel pads most effective, finds

Stretching and over-the-counter orthotic devices are the best first-line treatment modalities for proximal plantar fasciitis, according to a new study by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Shoe 'Seal of Approval' unveiled

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society unveiled a new program this month that will help consumers make chondrocyte transplantation.

Open surgery gold standard for CTS

Although endoscopic surgery offers advantages for some patients who have Technological progress in the 21st century will make medicine and the medical products industry so strong that they will be even greater contributors to the nation's economic well-being then they are now.

An interview with the Brazilian and Australian presidents

The following is an International Affiliate Membership, be created.

Prevention is best for common foot, ankle problems

Sprains, neuromas, bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis are all common causes of visits to the orthopaedist's office but all can be prevented.

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