AAOS Now, May 2013
Obesity Epidemic Has Impact on Specialty Care
The impact of obesity on surgical and nonsurgical treatment outcomes can be seen in every orthopaedic specialty. At the AAOS Now-sponsored forum on “Obesity, Orthopaedics, and Outcomes,” held March 18 in Chicago, orthopaedic surgeons and other experts noted that the problems associated with obesity can begin in childhood and last throughout a person’s life. 112 pounds, 4 years old According to Steven L.
Orthopaedic Surgery Helps Keep U.S. Economy Going
As healthcare reform takes shape and healthcare consumers become more cost conscious, evidence-based, cost-effective approaches to what orthopaedic surgeons do can make a big difference in both patient access to care and physician compensation. Looking at just one set of numbers—the projected increase in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgeries, for example—might well raise eyebrows among insurers, employers, and legislators for several reasons.