Information Statements

Formerly Advisory Statements

AAOS Information Statements are statements on a clinical issue based on consensus and selected articles. They are educational tools based on the opinions of the authors. They are not a product of a systematic review. Readers are encouraged to consider the information presented and reach their own conclusions.

Active Statements


Commitment to Excellence (Revised June 2012)

No. 1001
Use of Musculoskeletal Tissue Allografts (Revised June 2011) No. 1011
Tissue-Engineered and Cell-Based Medical Products (Revised September 2013) No. 1012
Patient-Physician Communication (Revised March 2017) No. 1017
Preventing the Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens (Revised June 2012) No. 1018
Implant Device Recalls (Revised February 2016) No. 1019
Team Physician Definition, Qualifications, and Responsibilities: A Consensus Statement (Revised June 2013) No. 1021
Sideline Preparedness for the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement (Revised September 2012) No. 1022
Recognition for Authoring and Editing Digital Publications (Revised December 2013) No. 1025
Prevention of Medication Errors (Revised December 2018) No. 1026
Recommendations for the Use of Intravenous Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty (Revised March 2014)  No. 1027
Communicating Adverse Events or Poor Outcomes (Revised June 2011) No. 1028
Concussions (Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries) and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement (Revised September 2011) No. 1029
Child Abuse or Maltreatment, Elder Maltreatment, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV):  The Orthopaedic Surgeon's Responsibilities in Domestic and Family Violence (Revised September 2012) No. 1030
Unified Information Statement on Orthopaedic Surgical Safety (Revised December 2018) No. 1034
Current Concerns with Metal-on-Metal Hip Arthroplasty (Adopted December 2012) No. 1035
The Team Physician and the Return-to-Play Decision: A Consensus Statement (Adopted September 2012) No. 1036
Orthopaedic Surgeon's Role in Medical Peer Review (Adopted September 2013) No. 1037
Orthopaedic Surgical Consent (Adopted June 2014) No. 1038
Disruptive Behavior and Orthopaedic Patient Safety (Adopted June 2014) No. 1039
Obesity and Musculoskeletal Care (Revised February 2022) No. 1040
Surgeon and Surgical Team Concentration (Adopted December 2014) No. 1041
Consistency for Safety in Orthopaedic Surgery (Adopted March 2015) No. 1042
Surgical Site and Procedure Confirmation (Adopted March 2015) No. 1043
Principles of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Reporting (Adopted June 2015) No. 1044
Safe and Effective Alleviation of Pain and Optimal
Opioid Stewardship
 (Revised December 2020)
No. 1045 
Use of Structured Communication Tools to Improve Surgical Patient Safety  (Adopted October 2015) No. 1046
Tobacco Use and Orthopaedic Surgery (Adopted February 2016) No. 1047
Orthopaedic Data Collection (Adopted July 2016) No. 1048
Surgical Patient Safety (Adopted September 2016)   No. 1049
Radiation Safety (Adopted March 2017) No. 1050
Disaster Preparedness & Mass Casualty (Adopted December 2018) No. 1051
Appropriate Storage and Disposal of Prescription Opioid Medicines (Adopted June 2019)  No. 1052
Career Transitions for Orthopaedic Surgeons (Adopted June 2020)  No. 1053

Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing in Orthopaedic Surgery (Revised July 2021)

No. 1054


Retired Statements

"CDH" Should be "DDH" (Retired June 2008) No. 1002
Guidelines for Orthopaedic Utilization Review (Retired June 2011) No. 1003
Orthopaedic Medical Testimony
(Retired September 2008)
No. 1006
The Scope of Orthopaedic Practice in Managed Care Arrangements (Retired December 2007) No. 1008
Thermography (Retired June 2010) No. 1009
Use of Thermal Modalities (Lasers and Radiofrequency Devices) in Orthopaedic Surgery (Retired June 2008) No. 1010
Package Pricing (Retired September 2013) No. 1013
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Dental Patients with Total Joint Replacements (Retired December 2008 and replaced by Guideline on Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures No. 1014
Wrong-Site Surgery (Retired June 2015. See Information Statement 1042 -  Consistency for Safety in Orthopaedic Surgery and Information Statement 1043 - Surgical Site and Procedure Confirmation) No. 1015
The Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics in Orthopaedic Medicine and the Emergence of Vancomycin-Resistant Bacteria (Retired June 2008) No. 1016
Family Violence (Retired February 2007. See Information Statement 1030 - Domestic and Family Violence and Abuse) No. 1020 
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Urological Patients with Total Joint Replacements (Retired December 2008) No. 1023
Female Athlete Issues for the Team Physician: Consensus Statement (Retired March 2015) No. 1024
Selected Issues in Injury and Illness Prevention and the Team Physician: Consensus Statement (Retired March 2015) No. 1031
Selected Issues for the Adolescent Athlete and the Team Physician: Consensus Statement (Retired March 2015) No. 1032
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Bacteremia in Patients with Joint Replacements
(Retired December 2012 and replaced by Guideline on Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures
No. 1033