2017 American College of Rheumatology / American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty

August 30, 2017

Source: Arthritis Care and Research, 2017, 69 (8) p. 1111-1124

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Practice guidelines

In a nutshell: This collaboration between the American College of Rheumatology and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons developed an evidence-based guideline for the perioperative management of antirheumatic drug therapy for adults with rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis including ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, or systemic lupus erythematosus undergoing elective total hip or total knee arthroplasty.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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Improving value in total hip and knee arthroplasty: the role of high volume hospitals

August 16, 2017

Source:  Journal of Arthroplasty 2017, August 1 [epub]

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Date of publication:  August 2017

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  authors identified 2,702 hospitals that performed a total of 458,259 primary arthroplasty procedures in 2014, 47% of which were classed as low volume (performing less than 100 TJA procedures a year), to determine if higher volume centers have lower costs and better outcomes than lower volume hospitals.

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Acknowledgement:  Journal of Arthroplasty


Recall and patient perceptions of hip precautions 6 weeks after total hip arthroplasty

August 3, 2017

Source:  Acta Orthopaedica, e-pub 12th July 2017

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study assessed recall, adherence and the impact of precautions on activities of daily living in the first 6 weeks postoperatively for patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty. A new questionnaire was designed, based on the education patients received. 129 patients received the questionnaire at 6 weeks postoperatively and 75% responded before the 8th week postoperatively.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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What’s new in musculoskeletal infection: update across orthopaedic subspecialties

August 2, 2017

Source:  Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 2017, 99(14), 1132–43

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Date of publication:  July 2017

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Explores several orthopaedic subspecialties including hip and knee, foot and ankle, trauma, sports medicine.

Length of publication:  12 pages

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Acknowledgement:  JBJS


Cementless total hip arthroplasty with extended sliding trochanteric osteotomy for high congenital hip dislocation

May 5, 2017

Source:  Medicine, 2017, 96 (14) e6581

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This retrospective study evaluated the results of cementless total hip arthroplasty combined with extended sliding trochanteric osteotomy for 19 patients with high congenital hip dislocation. The researchers also assessed whether chronic low back pain was relieved after surgery.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Feasibility of outpatient total hip and knee arthroplasty in unselected patients: a prospective 2-center study

May 3, 2017

Source:  Acta Orthopaedica 2017, 20 April [epub]

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Date of publication:  April 2017

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Identified the number of patients suitable for outpatient THA and TKA in an unselected patient population, investigated the proportion of patients who were discharged on the day of surgery, and identified reasons for patients not being discharged on the day of surgery.

Length of publication:  6 pages

Acknowledgement:  Acta Orthopaedica


Determining health-related quality-of-life outcomes using the SF-6D following total hip arthroplasty

March 20, 2017

Source:  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American), 2017, 99 (6) p. 494-498

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Date of publication: March 15th 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Patients’ perceptions of their postoperative improvement play a role in their surgical success and satisfaction. However, a patient’s perceived improvement in their quality of life can be difficult to quantify. This study used the Short Form-6D utility score as a health-related quality of life measure to determine SF-6D values of patients who have undergone total hip arthoplasty.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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