AAOS Now, November 2012
Athletes Believe in It—Should You?
It started showing up in earnest at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Tape on the athletes—not white cloth wound around ankles, but flexible swatches in various hues applied seemingly haphazardly to the body surface, looking like patches on an old inner tube. Among the high-profile users was the U.S.
An Insider’s Perspective on the FDA Regulatory Process
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is integral to ensuring that innovative orthopaedic drugs and devices reach musculoskeletal patients in a safe and timely manner. The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Medical Device Fellowship Program (MDFP) provides opportunities for health professionals, including orthopaedic surgeons, to participate in the FDA regulatory process for medical devices.
DDH: Why Are More Females Affected?
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is an abnormal formation of the hip joint in which the acetabulum is insufficiently formed, leading to instability or complete dislocation of the hip. The femoral head may also be involved, but the primary dysplasia usually rests in the pelvic portion of the joint. The pathology ranges from a hip that is reduced with an acetabulum that is incompletely formed, to a hip that is subluxable, to a hip that is completely dislocated.
Research Aims at Regenerating Tendons
When he was a senior in high school, lying on the football field with a severely fractured ankle, little did MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, realize his injury would be a defining moment for his future medical career. The orthopaedic surgeon from the opposing team, Aaron E. Joiner Jr, MD, reduced his fracture on the field and surgically repaired it 4 days later. MaCalus V.
New CPG Workgroup Forming
The Evidence-Based Practice Committee is seeking volunteers to participate on a workgroup to develop an AAOS clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Applications are due by Dec. 14, 2012.
Advancing Quality with Appropriate Use Criteria
For the past two decades, numerous medical organizations have used appropriate use criteria (AUC) to provide clinicians and patients with a measurement of overuse and underuse of medical and surgical procedures. Among the organizations that have developed AUC are the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Radiology, the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and the American Academy of Dermatology. The AAOS began developing AUC in 2011.