The Value of Orthopaedic Surgery: A Paradigm Shift

Andrew J. Pugely, MD; Jared L. Harwood, MD; and Richard C. Mather III, MD

More than 300 orthopaedic surgeons gathered in Washington, D.C., to attend the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) this past May. In addition to lobbying Congress, attendees participated in symposia focused on health policy and advocacy-related issues, one of which celebrated the ongoing success the AAOS has had in defining “Value in Orthopaedics.”

The value initiative started under Past President John R. Tongue, MD, and has resulted in several successful ideas to quantify the full value that orthopaedic surgeons provide to society. During the past year, several peer-reviewed publications have published studies demonstrating the remarkable economic benefits of common orthopaedic procedures, including total knee arthroplasty (TKA), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, lumbar diskectomy, and hip fracture care.

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