AAOS Now, November 2009
How does intra-articular pathology differ at revision ACL reconstruction?
By Jennie McKee Changes in meniscal, chondral damage compared to pathology at primary reconstruction may affect prognosis Much is known about intra-articular damage in patients who undergo primary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction; however, the same is not true of revision ACL reconstruction patients.
Enhancing resident education with AAOS Webinars
UW takes a new approach to guest lectures Imagine being able to watch technical demonstrations from Academy courses, participate in online polling, and ask questions in real time—directly from your home or office computer without traveling to course locations. That’s the advantage of Webinars—online courses that bring you the best in orthopaedic education from the AAOS at your convenience, saving you travel and time.
Meetings and Course Listings
Listed below are upcoming continuing medical education (CME) courses and orthopaedic meetings (December 2009 through April 2010). For more information about AAOS-sponsored courses, contact the AAOS customer service department at (800) 626-6726 or visit the CME course section of the AAOS Web site at www.aaos.org/courses For more information about other CME courses or orthopaedic meetings listed, contact the source provided.
Ulnar styloid base union and nonunion are comparable
Outcomes after distal radius fracture are not linked to ulnar styloid base nonunion Nonunions of ulnar styloid base fractures are consistent with an excellent recovery after distal radius fractures, according to data presented by Geert A. Buijze, MD, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. “One of the complications of distal radius fractures is instability of the radial ulnar joint,” explained David C.
The less painful option: Volar plating for distal radius fractures
Volar plate fixation is associated with less ulnar-sided wrist pain and shortening than external fixation Patients with highly comminuted articular distal radius fractures may have less ulnar-sided wrist pain when treated with volar plate fixation compared to external fixation, according to data presented by Marc J. Richard, MD, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. “Ulnar-sided wrist pain is a common sequela of distal radius fractures,” said Dr. Richard.
Don’t miss the upcoming MOC deadline on Dec. 15
Back to the front lines: Amputees keep fighting
Study looks at factors contributing to soldiers’ return Damage-control orthopaedic treatment of wounded military personnel often begins on the front line. Military surgeons débride and irrigate open wounds, apply external fixation, and perform fasciotomy and revascularization. As a result, injured patients receive an average of two procedures before arriving at a military hospital in the United States—often within 96 hours of injury.
Second Look – Clinical News and Views
If you missed these Headline News Now items the first time around, AAOS Now gives you a second chance to review them. Headline News Now—the AAOS thrice-weekly, online update of news of interest to orthopaedic surgeons—brings you the latest on clinical, socioeconomic, and political issues, as well as important announcements from AAOS.
CME courses brace for H1N1
AAOS takes steps to ensure healthy learning environment during flu season The H1N1 flu first appeared in the United States last spring, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has alerted the nation for similar outbreaks this flu season. In response to the H1N1 threat, the AAOS has issued a policy outlining the goals, actions, and individuals responsible for maintaining healthy physical course environments and continuing course operations.
The changing landscape of youth sports injuries
A roundtable discussion on how high-intensity sports are affecting children Anyone who thinks overuse injuries aren’t a big problem for today’s young athletes should think again. Children who play sports such as football, basketball, and soccer have a growing risk of incurring stress fractures, tendinitis, and a host of other overuse injuries. What’s behind this trend—and what can orthopaedic surgeons and other physicians do about it?
Evaluating bias in CME courses
Academy gets good marks for presenting unbiased courses The AAOS has implemented several measures to assess the impact of commercialism and bias in continuing medical education (CME) courses. “Our goal is always to provide unbiased, peer-reviewed high quality education that helps orthopaedists provide safe and effective patient care,” said Gerald R. Williams Jr., MD, chair of the CME Courses Committee. All CME course faculty are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.