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Study: Five-year Outcomes, Return to Sport in Tennis Players After Hip Arthroscopy

A study published online in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders assessed patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and return to sport (RTS) in tennis players who underwent arthroscopic hip surgery. A total of 28 hips were available for five-year follow-up. Significant improvements were observed in all PROs at final follow-up. The RTS rate was 75 percent. For the modified Harris Hip Score, 66.7 percent of patients achieved the minimal clinically important difference (MCID), and 83.3 percent achieved patient acceptable symptomatic state (PASS); for the Hip Outcome Score-Sport Specific Subscale, 63.6 percent of patients achieved MCID, and 58.3 percent achieved PASS.

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Study Analyzes Use of Fast-track Procedures After TKA

A study published online in International Orthopaedics evaluated the effect of fast-track procedures (FTPs) on hospital length of stay (LOS) following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). A total of 839 patients included in FTPs were compared to 93,329 TKAs in the France national database. The mean LOS in the FTP group was 4.4 days compared to 6.4 days for the national database group. Two-thirds of patients (66.7 percent) in the FTP group and 49.6 percent of national database patients returned home. National database patients were more likely than FTP patients to be readmitted within 90 days (10.8 percent versus 4.2 percent). The 90-day reoperation rate was higher in the FTP group than the national database group (2.0 percent versus 0.5 percent).

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Study Compares Arthroscopic versus Open Biceps Tenodesis Costs

According to a study published online in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, open biceps tenodesis (BT) costs less than arthroscopic BT for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (RCR) A total of 3,635 RCR and BT cases were identified: 2,847 (78.3 percent) arthroscopic BT and 788 (21.7 percent) open BT. Arthroscopic BT patients spend nine fewer minutes in the operating room than open BT patients. When controlling for significant factors, open BT was associated with a cost savings of $5,542 compared to arthroscopic BT for RCR. Factors associated with increased costs in both cohorts included concomitant subacromial decompression ($10,699) and distal clavicle resection ($3,210).

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Creating a More Diverse Physician Workforce

In order to cultivate a more diverse physician workforce, changes must be made at the medical school and residency levels. The American Medical Association recently highlighted two schools that assessed this challenge. At Ohio State University College of Medicine, the Admissions Committee took an implicit bias test and unearthed its own internal biases to be addressed. At University of California, Davis, the internal medicine program put forth a four-step process to increase diversity among its students.

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COVID-19 Updates

HHS Will Renew Public Health Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), according to a tweet from HHS Spokesman Michael Caputo. “[HHS] expects to renew the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 before it expires. We have already renewed this PHE once,” he tweeted. HHS has not made an official announcement yet.

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AAOS Now Special Edition: The ‘Daily Edition’ From a Social Distance

Normally, AAOS Now publishes an onsite Daily Edition each day of the Annual Meeting, covering various Instructional Courses, research findings, symposia, and programmed events occurring at the meeting. Since AAOS has converted much of the Annual Meeting into a virtual event, the AAOS Now Special Edition offers reporting that would have appeared in the onsite publication.

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Call for Abstracts—Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit your research to be shared with orthopaedic surgeons from around the world at the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting has been extended. The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting lectures, discussions, debates, and numerous networking opportunities with experts, researchers, and leaders in the field of orthopaedics. The deadline to submit abstracts is now July 15.

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