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New Procedure for Preserving Donor Tissue Promises to be a Game Changer for Joint Repair Surgery

A new technology will help surgeons more than double the shelf life of donor tissue for joint replacement surgery. A research study at the University of Missouri School of Medicine on the viability of donor tissue for joint repair surgery has led to the development of a new preservation method that doubles how long donor tissue can be stored and successfully Continue Reading...
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New Orthopedic Study Finds Increased Risk of Osteoarthritis After Meniscus Repair Surgery

Meniscus Tear Surgery and Osteoarthritis Risk A new study out of Boston University School of Medicine and University of Erlangen – Nuremberg in Germany has found a link between meniscus tear surgery and a heightened risk for osteoarthritis and progressive joint damage after surgery in some patients. Dr. Frank W. Roemer and his team used data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative Continue Reading...
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Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric ACL Tears

Much research has been published in the last five years showing the dramatic increase of children and teens suffering from ACL tears. The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a stabilizing ligament in the knee that connects the thighbone to the shinbone. Unfortunately, once the ACL is torn it does not heal back together. Because the ACL keeps the knee Continue Reading...
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Appropriateness of Meniscus Tear Surgery

Recently, a Finnish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested that meniscus tear surgery only helps certain patients, and in some cases doing nothing at all is as effective as surgery. At 700,000 operations per year, meniscus tear surgery is the most common orthopedic procedure performed in the United States. The meniscus is a c-shaped piece Continue Reading...
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Osteotomy and ACL Reconstruction

When examining a patient who fails his or her first ACL reconstruction, it is important to determine if the cause of failure could be malalignment of the knee joint. Patients who have a varus deformity, also known as “bowlegged,” are more likely to have failure of ACL reconstruction. Due to an imbalance of forces, the inside of the knee has Continue Reading...
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Revision ACL Surgery

Surgeries to repair the ACL are very common in the United States. Generally, most ACL reconstruction surgeries are successful. However, not all ACL surgeries are successful the first time. It is fairly common for an ACL to retear under certain circumstances. If the primary reconstruction has complications or a retear occurs, you may require revision ACL surgery. Revision ACL surgery Continue Reading...
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Anterolateral Ligament Could Impact Future ACL Treatments

Recently, two Belgian orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Steven Claes and Dr. Johan Bellemans, published a paper describing the location and function of a previously unknown body part: the anterolateral ligament (ALL). The structure is located on the outside of the knee, and attaches the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). Though other doctors have seen the structure during surgery and dissections Continue Reading...
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Stevie Brown’s ACL Surgery

Recently, while playing in the New York Giants’ third preseason game against the New York Jets, safety Stevie Brown hurt his knee while intercepting a pass. An MRI later revealed the injury to be a torn ACL, an injury that generally occurs with sports that involve quick pivoting and lateral movements—like football. The ACL is a piece of tissue that Continue Reading...
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ACL Tears in Children

Several studies and articles have been published recently describing the increased occurrence of ACL tears in children and young adults. Most orthopedic surgeons and researchers attribute this phenomenon to more children and young teens playing competitive sports, as well as better diagnostic tools. The ACL is a stabilizing ligament that connects the femur, or thighbone, to the tibia, or shinbone. Continue Reading...
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Meniscus Tear Surgery: Repair vs. Debridement

The meniscus is a c-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber in the knee. Each knee has two menisci, the lateral (outer) and the medial (inside). When the meniscus tears, surgery is normally needed to relieve the pain, swelling, instability, and locking that most patients experience. There are two options for meniscus tear surgery: removing the torn Continue Reading...