AAOS Now, August 2008
Value of total joint registries: The jury is in
Current evidence makes a compelling case for a national registry Registries for hip and knee replacement procedures are a world-wide reality with growing importance. Many of the preeminent registries—such as those in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand—have more than 10 years of experience and are currently collecting data on more than 90 percent of procedures nationally. Registries are also growing in the complexity of data collected.
Research symposium integrates diverse technologies
Examines advanced imaging and computer-assisted surgery of the knee and hip “This was a real experiment,” said Martha Gray, PhD, co-chair of the AAOS/Orthopaedic Research Society Advanced Imaging and Computer-Assisted Surgery of the Knee and Hip (AICKH) research symposium. “It started a critically important conversation that I believe will catalyze new approaches to patient care.”
Computer-guided surgery: Is time invested well or wasted?
Computer navigation for femoral fracture reduction “With computer-guided surgery, we now have a tool that can reduce fractures with a high degree of accuracy,” David M. Kahler, MD, of the University of Virginia, told participants at the AAOS/Orthopaedic Research Society Advanced Imaging and Computer-Assisted Surgery of the Knee and Hip research symposium. “Femoral fractures are an ideal application for this technology.”
Putting computer navigation to the test
Study examines accuracy, reliability of navigation in HTOs Integrating quantitative feedback with the art of surgery is just one of the challenges facing orthopaedic surgeons who use computer-assisted surgery, according to Andrew D. Pearle, MD, co-chair of the AAOS/Orthopaedic Research Society Advanced Imaging and Computer-Assisted Surgery of the Knee and Hip research symposium.
Finding the balance: Aspiring clinician scientists learn from mentors
Profiles of three young orthopaedic clinician scientists They are a rare breed: orthopaedists who are not only passionate about patient care but also have a driving curiosity to advance the science behind the surgery. These clinician scientists, as they are known, juggle a clinical practice, a research laboratory, and a family life.
What is (and isn’t) an AAOS Technology Overview?
Orthopaedic surgery is a rapidly evolving specialty area with a near-constant influx of new devices, drugs, biologics, and procedures. As a result, orthopaedic surgeons are continually faced with difficult decisions regarding which technologies they should adopt and use in their practices. Finding and synthesizing the information available to inform these decisions is a difficult challenge for the busy clinician.