AAOS 2021 Advanced Registration Deadline Approaching! Register by Friday and Save

It’s time to register and get ready to meet your colleagues in San Diego, Aug. 31–Sept. 3. Get ready to refresh your approach, expand your network, and strengthen your skills with the latest innovations. The Convention Center is ready to welcome you, and the California sunshine offers some of the best vacation weather in the country. Secure your spot to start planning your customized experience and SAVE when you register by Friday, July 23!

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Study: Costs and Complications after Robot-assisted versus Conventional THA

A study published online in the Journal of the AAOS ® found comparable safety and higher costs for robot-assisted total hip arthroplasty (THA) compared to conventional THA. The investigators matched 758 patients undergoing robot-assisted THA with 758 conventional THA cases. Major complications were comparable between groups, with a higher incidence of minor complications in the robot-assisted group. Inpatient costs were higher for robot-assisted compared to conventional THA ($20,046 versus $18,258). Length of stay was 2.69 days versus 2.82 days for robot-assisted versus conventional THA.

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Study: Arthroscopic Lateral Patellar Facetectomy and Lateral Release for Patellar OA

A retrospective study published online in Arthroscopy found arthroscopic lateral patellar facetectomy and lateral release for isolated patellofemoral osteoarthritis (PFOA) significantly improved outcomes and pain, with low rates of complications and revision at a mean 7.5 years of follow-up. Sixty-one cases were reviewed, including 56 knees (n = 50) available for full follow-up. Eighteen percent required revision. Mean time to total knee replacement was 51 months. The survival rate at 7.5 years was 86 percent, with significant improvements in functional and pain scores.

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Study: RTSA for Oncologic Resection and Reconstruction of the Humerus

A systematic review published online in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery suggests that reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) may be suitable for oncologic resection and reconstruction of the proximal humerus. Twelve studies were included (n = 194). Mean rate of complications was 28 percent, the most common being instability. Revision was required in 16 percent. At a mean follow-up of 53 months, mean implant survival rate was 89 percent. The authors noted high level of heterogeneity and risk of bias within the studies.

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Study Assesses Impact of BMI on Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Outcomes

High BMI was not found to significantly impact outcomes after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar pathologies, according to a retrospective study published online in the European Spine Journal. In total, 207 patients treated between 2016 and 2020 were followed for one year postoperatively. Obese patients had higher risk of blood loss and postoperative ICU stay. Postoperative functional and clinical improvements were comparable across BMI levels. Complications occurred in 14.9 percent and were similar regardless of BMI.

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#SpeakUpOrtho Movement Addresses Discrimination, Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Harassment in Medicine

Discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment, and harassment (DBSH) are associated with poor mental health, low self-esteem, high levels of absenteeism, and low levels of workplace productivity. In 2021, a group of like-minded orthopaedic surgeons convened to increase awareness of and start a movement called #SpeakUpOrtho to address DBSH in orthopaedic surgery. Since its creation, the group has quickly gained traction on social media. This article highlights the goals and accomplishments of #SpeakUpOrtho since its inception, and the future challenges of this mission.

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2021 Resident Rumble Champions Will Be Decided in August

After two months of fierce competition, the final three teams have been decided for the championship match of the AAOS 2021 Virtual Resident Rumble, sponsored by DePuy Synthes. AAOS would like to thank all the residents that gave their all during the eight 2021 Resident Rumble events, as well as the members that attended each game in the audience. Tune in for the championship match on August 4, 2021, to cheer on Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; and UT Houston, Houston, Tex. We hope to see you there!

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