AAOS Now, July 2007
Are you losing patients to ‘medical tourism’?
AAOS Now explores the growing trend of traveling abroad for medical care As U.S. healthcare costs continue to increase, many Americans are facing difficult choices. Should a 61-year-old uninsured waitress who needs bilateral knee replacement wait until she’s eligible for Medicare before having the surgery because she can’t afford the $100,000 total cost?
AAOS adopts new clinical practice guidelines
During its May meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors adopted two new clinical practice guidelines—one on the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and the other on the prevention of symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients undergoing total hip or total knee arthroplasty. Joshua J.
‘Bad eggs’ are giving surgeons a black eye
As both an orthopaedic surgeon and the chief executive officer of a medical device company that he cofounded, William Petty, MD, has a unique perspective on both the potential—and real—conflicts of interest that exist in the relationships between orthopaedic surgeons and industry. Dr. Petty, who currently serves as co-chair of the AAOS Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), recently shared his dual perspective on the issue during a CAC discussion (see related story, pg.