One of the keys to a successful total hip arthroplasty (THA) is restoration of appropriate leg length and offset. Why does this matter? At the 7th Annual ICJR South Hip & Knee Course, Bryan D. Springer, MD, from OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, gave 3 very good reasons
A greater reduction in the distal femoral anterior condyle improves flexion after total knee arthroplasty in patients with osteoarthritis
The effect of an anterior condylar height (ACH) change after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is not well-known. The effect of an ACH change was evaluated on postoperative knee flexion, New Knee Society Scores (2011KSS), and patellofemoral contact force.
Regional anesthesia – specifically, interscalene blocks – have been advocated as an alternative to intravenous opioids to manage pain in patients undergoing primary shoulder arthroplasty. They’ve generally done a good job of providing analgesia. [1-3] The problem, as described by Thomas (Quin) Throckmorton, MD, during a presentation at ICJR’s 7th Annual Shoulder Course, is that interscalene blocks are associated with some pretty serious side effects, including respiratory side effects similar to those associated with opioid use.
The partial knee replacement surgical procedure has generated significant interest because it uses a smaller incision and has a faster recovery than full knee replacement surgery. Partial knee replacement is a type of and minimally invasive surgery. The idea is to remove only the most damaged areas of cartilage from the joint and leave any healthy parts of the joint for continued use.