AAOS Now, Februrary 2020
Study Pinpoints Nonunion Predictors in Open Tibial Shaft Fractures
A study that sought to determine which factors predict nonunion in open tibial shaft fractures found five strongly predictive variables: high-energy mechanism of injury, higher Gustilo-Anderson classification, deep infection, cortical continuity, and early postoperative complication.
Consider Several Key Factors When Assessing Robotic Technology
There is a long history of innovation in supplemental technology for joint arthroplasty procedures, from the early intramedullary cutting jig decades ago to today’s digital soft-tissue balancers, computer navigation, and robotics. Currently, several robotic systems are approved for joint replacement procedures, and more are expected to come to market over the next two years.
Study Confirms Improvements in Pain and Function Following Implant Removal in Fracture Patients
A recent study sought to determine preoperative factors predictive of improvements in pain and function following elective implant removal.
The Modern Need (or Not) for Tetanus Prophylaxis with Open Fractures in the United States
Does tetanus prophylaxis remain relevant to standardized open fracture care and its crucial components to prevent infection, including prophylactic broad-spectrum antibiotics and timely, effective surgical débridement.
Avoid Patient Harm by Improving Patient Positioning for Surgery
Perioperative positioning may not always get the attention it deserves.