American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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‘In the News’

Dr. Rothman Retires, Carries On

This week, Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, retired from surgery at his namesake Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Rothman was AAHKS President from 1998-1999. At 81 years old, he decided to leave the practice of surgery while still “at his peak” and to focus on other endeavors such as pre-operative and post-operative patient care, mentoring, teaching and various… Read More

Dr. Parvizi Talks Candidly about TJA Developments

In an interview this week with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, AAHKS Research Committee Chair, shares his thoughts about new developments in the field of hip and knee total joint arthroplasty. “One is genomics. We are individualizing care. In the old days, we would do the same thing for everyone. But we have come to realize… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Intimacy after TJA

U.S. News & World Report published an article this week on resuming sexual activity after total joint replacement surgery. Surgeons (AAHKS members) interviewed for the article talk about timing, restrictions based on hip approaches and how the subject is difficult for patients to broach with their surgeons. “Recovery is a process, from surgical wound site healing in the… Read More

Orthopaedic Surgeon Runs for US Congress

State Representative, Julio Gonzalez, MD of Venice, Fla. has announced that he is running for U.S. Congress. If elected, he would be the second orthopaedic surgeon serving in Washington, D.C. Currently, John Barrasso, MD serves as a U.S. Senator from Wyoming. Dr. Gonzalez is a Miami native who served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Naval Reserves.… Read More

Military Health System to Examine Surgical Preparedness

The U.S. Defense Health Board has started a review of policies for complex surgical procedures, including total hip replacement and total knee replacement, performed at military hospitals in the United States and abroad. After a report by US News & World Report this week that examined volume data and found complex surgeries are performed in small numbers. “Extensive… Read More

Data Shows Declining Opioid Prescriptions

New data from IQVIA Institute for Data Science, a health information company, shows a continued decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed last year. CNBC reported that “the number of prescriptions accelerated its decline in 2017, with an even faster drop for high doses.” In a statement released this week, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, chair of the AMA Opioid… Read More

Orthopaedists Would Do It All Again

Medscape has released its Physician Compensation Report 2018 that breaks out survey responses of over 20,000 physicians in 29 specialties. According to the report, “The average overall physician salary – including primary care and specialties – is $299,000.” One of the survey questions asked specialists if they would “choose the same specialty” if they had a choice to… Read More

New Data Shows Canadian Wait Times Increasing

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released new data this week that shows wait times for hip and knee replacement surgeries increased in 2017. The data shows 76 percent of patients had hip replacement surgery within the recommended six months in 2017 as compared with 81 percent in 2015. For knee replacement surgery, the percentages were 69 and… Read More

What Patients are Watching: Orthopaedic Residents on Ellen

Mayo Clinic orthopaedic surgery residents Elvis L. Francois, MD and William A. Robinson, MD were guests of The Ellen DeGeneres Show after their video covering “Alright” by Mike Yung went viral. The fellow residents posted their video to social media featuring Dr. Francois on vocals and Dr. Robinson on piano. They wanted to motivate their patients to help… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Baby Boomer Expectations after TJA

The Boston Globe published an article this week on the increasing number of hip and knee replacements being performed in the United States and how the Baby Boomer generation makes up a large number of these. The article covers what reasonable expectations there are to return to activities that patients enjoyed prior to surgery. “The surgical surge has… Read More