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Pre-surgical rehab meant to stop complications before they start

Rehabilitation after a joint replacement surgery is a given; Frederick Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation is trying to make rehab before the surgery just as common.

Is Double-Booking ORs All Bad?

Running concurrent ORs for high-volume surgeons is a fairly common practice, but is it safe? A new study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggests running overlapping rooms in orthopedic ambulatory surgery centers is just as safe and efficient as giving surgeons access to one room as time.

Covenant Joint Ranch program celebrates 10 years

Debbie Rodriguez, 53, was up walking and exercising the day after having total knee replacement surgery. The pain was bad, she said, but she tried not to complain as she joined other joint replacement patients at the Joint Replacement Center, better known as the Joint Ranch, at Covenant Health for group therapy.

Patients rush to surgery before insurance deductibles reset

Dr. Michael Meneghini stepped up to the scrub sink and rolled his shoulders in a brief stretch. It was early afternoon and he had already completed five knee or hip replacements on patients at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers.

WNY doctor writes book on knee replacement prep, surgery, recovery

Ken Monaco tore the meniscus in his left knee playing basketball a decade ago. It never healed quite right, so the retired U.S. Department of Labor criminal investigator decided a few months ago it was time for a total knee replacement.

After Pain From TKA and THA Is Gone, Opioid Use Remains

Patients who are prescribed opioids to manage their joint pain after total knee and total hip arthroplasty (TKA and THA) procedures may remain on opioids long term, well after they have ceased to experience improvements in their pain, according to collaborators at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and the University of Cincinnati.

Free Webinar – 10-Year Orthopedics and Spine Forecast: Factors Impacting Demand

Speaker: Mike Graham, Director, Sg2
Date/Time: Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:00-2:00 PM EST
Cost: Complimentary, sponsored by Wellbe

Navigate Effectively through Medicare’s New CJR Program (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part series on successfully navigating through the new Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. In part one, which was published November 10th, Debra Mathias, a consultant with Freed Associates, discussed internal steps for hospitals to take. In part two, Mathias explores the role of post-acute care (PAC) networks in the new CJR model, and the value of reviewing CJR data and metrics.

Several risk factors associated with increased hospital charges for TJA

Anemia, malnutrition, obesity, diabetes, narcotic use and tobacco use were identified as modifiable risk factors associated with increased 90-day cost-of-care for patients after total joint arthroplasty, according to an AAHKS speaker.

What Can Fitness Trackers Teach Us About PROs?

The health and fitness-tracking craze has taken the world by storm. There’s something about the ability to monitor your distances, speeds, incline, calories burned and heart rate that just gets the blood pumping. When I wear my Fitbit strapped to my wrist, I feel motivated, energetic, and ready to conquer the day.