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Apply through Aug. 1 to Serve on an AAOS Instructional Course Committee

Apply to serve on one of the many AAOS Instructional Course Committees responsible for evaluating and selecting Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) for the AAOS Annual Meeting. Instructional Course Committee members serve the important role of grading ICL applications, as well as providing input on the course curriculum and faculty for the AAOS Annual Meeting. Visit the link below to apply for a committee in one of the following topic areas: foot and ankle, hip, knee, hand and wrist, practice management, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, and trauma.

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In Other News

Study Investigates the Impact of Optimism and Pessimism on TKA Outcomes

Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, and Arthroscopy published a prospective study investigating the association of dispositional optimism and pessimism with preoperative joint function and postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Preoperative optimism/pessimism was measured via the revised Life Orientation Test (LOT-R) and postoperative function was measured via the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score-12 (KOOS-12) in 740 patients. Optimism was positively associated with both preoperative joint function and postoperative functional outcomes, and pessimism was associated with a higher risk for poor outcome in TKA.

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Study Tests Efficacy of AI for Improving the Readability of Patient Education Materials

Using a freely available artificial intelligence (AI) dialogue platform can quickly and effectively improve the readability of online patient education materials in orthopaedic surgery, according to a study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. To evaluate the effectiveness of using a freely available AI dialogue platform to improve the readability of patient education materials, the study used the AI platform to convert descriptions of various orthopaedic conditions and procedures to a lower reading skill level. The converted materials showed significant improvement in readability, reducing the required reading level from high school to sixth grade.

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Systematic Review Compares Operative versus Nonoperative Treatments for Chronic Calcific Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff

The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery published a systematic review which found surgical treatment of chronic calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff resulted in larger improvement in functional outcome scores compared with nonoperative interventions such as extracorporeal-shockwave therapy (ESWT) and ultrasound-guided needling (UGN). Twenty-seven studies, which included 2,212 nonoperative patients and 140 operative patients, were analyzed. Pooled mean difference in visual analog scale scores for ESWT, UGN, and operative interventions were -3.83, -4.83, and -4.65, respectively. Of the patients receiving operative treatment, 85 percent had complete radiographic resolution of calcific deposit, compared with 67 percent of patients receiving UGN management.

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AAOS Members in the News: Christopher Annunziata, MD, Thomas Muzzonigro, MD, and Nicholas DiNubile, MD

Christopher Annunziata, MD, FAAOS; Thomas Muzzonigro, MD, FAAOS; and Nicholas DiNubile, MD, FAAOS, spoke with the Washington Post about physical activity after knee replacement surgery and why incorporating a modified workout regimen may help protect the health of the knee. If you are interested in working with media and serving as an AAOS spokesperson or orthopaedics subject matter expert, email

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Foot and Ankle Surgeons Eagerly Welcome New MIS Techniques

Less can be more. Although minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has applications throughout orthopaedics, the more easily compromised soft-tissue envelope makes foot and ankle surgeons eager to embrace the opportunities. Techniques such as percutaneous Chevron-Akin osteotomy or minimally invasive correction of a Charcot foot deformity offer expanded options for the treatment of complex foot and ankle conditions.

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Introducing the AAOS Coding Community

Your go-to resource for everything coding, reimbursement, and practice management at AAOS is here! Explore webinars, courses, on demand recordings of featured events, relevant AAOS Now articles, and renowned products. Latest news and topics covered include telemedicine/telehealth, prior authorization, coding and reimbursement support, latest evaluation and management (E/M) coding updates, value-based care, and so much more. AAOS is here to support you and your practice.

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