AAOS Now, November 2011
OREF supports studies in pursuit of better outcomes
OREF-funded research yields new treatment options With generous support from AAOS members, other individuals, and industry, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has been an important source of research funding for more than 50 years. That research has contributed to better outcomes by expanding orthopaedic knowledge, improving diagnostic techniques, and creating many new treatment choices for orthopaedic surgeons.
Problem bone health: It’s not just an issue for older women
Younger patients are also at risk for bone health issues Although the public certainly associates “osteoporosis” with “Grandma,” orthopaedic surgeons are becoming increasingly aware of bone health issues in young adults and even children. This phenomenon raises several challenges for the surgeons and physicians who treat younger patients. Describing the problem One of the challenges is selecting an appropriate term to describe the problem.
Young investigators sought
The AAOS is sponsoring five Young Investigator participants for the 2012 AAOS/Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Research Symposium, which will be held May 9–11, 2012, in Chicago. The 2012 AAOS/ORS FAI Research Symposium will emphasize a multidisciplinary approach and will focus on summarizing current knowledge, developing consensus and identifying research strategies for several key issues related to the condition.
The real story on MOM bearings
“The in-vivo longevity of contemporary hip implant systems can match the increased demands of both younger and senior patient populations,” said A. Seth Green-wald, DPhil (Oxon). In recent years, however, this widely heralded technology has come under scrutiny in both the peer-reviewed literature and press reports—particularly with regard to implant designs with metal-on-metal (MOM) bearings.