Orthopedic Surgery Articles & Stories

Hamstring Grafts Effective Option in ACL Knee Reconstruction

Hamstring Grafts Effective Option in ACL Knee Reconstruction

Athletes and active young people are particularly susceptible to torn ACL's. They are also the group of people most likely to want complete mobility and activity post-surgery, which is why the outcome of this study could be so significant. Read More


Surgery Reliably Repairs Torn Rotator Cuffs

Surgery Reliably Repairs Torn Rotator Cuffs

People who received surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff experienced good shoulder function and relief from pain over the long term, even after the recurrence of a tear, a recent small study demonstrated. A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their tendons that stabilize the shoulder. Read More


Ligament Material That is Bio-Strong

Ligament Material That is Bio-Strong

Football players, skiers, tennis players and anyone with an active lifestyle all fear a cruciate ligament injury. When knee ligaments are damaged the patient often has to undergo surgery to restore the stability of the joint. Read More


Cutting-Edge Knee-Replacement Gadgets

Cutting-Edge Knee-Replacement Gadgets

Medicine is ever advancing - and that includes orthopedic medicine, which has now developed gender-specific artificial knees that match the subtle anatomical differences between men and women. Technicians have also produced a computer program to assist orthopedic surgeons in correctly positio... Read More


Young Athletes Avoid Injuries With Warm-up Routines

Young Athletes Avoid Injuries With Warm-up Routines

A simple set of new warm-up exercises provides young athletes considerable protection against season-ending knee injuries, according to a recent sports-medicine study. The findings, presented by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, were published in the American Journ... Read More


New Bone-Marrow-Cell Therapy Aids Spine Repair

New Bone-Marrow-Cell Therapy Aids Spine Repair

Injecting a patient’s own bone-marrow stem cells into the spine using multiple routes helps to restore some function and quality of life to victims of spinal cord injury with no objectionable side effects, a recent study revealed.     The findings, published in the journ... Read More


Expert Commentary: Peter Snitovsky, M.D. - 11/09/2009

Expert Commentary: Peter Snitovsky, M.D. - 11/09/2009

The story about warming-up before exercising is important because it shows how we can injure ourselves during everyday activities. Another, even more common place we may injure ourselves is right in front of our computer screens. In the world we live in today, we tend to work on our computers ... Read More


Expert Commentary: Stephen A. Baker, M.D. - 7/27/2009

Expert Commentary: Stephen A. Baker, M.D. - 7/27/2009

This story underscores two important imperatives regarding rotator cuff tears and their surgical treatment. The first point is fairly obvious, the second is more subtle but perhaps even more critical for the eventual well-being of the patient. Read More


Metal-Particle Inflammation Causes Joint-Implant Failure

Metal-Particle Inflammation Causes Joint-Implant Failure

The very joint implants that bring pain relief and restore freedom of motion to patients’ extremities can be their own undoing, setting off a metal-induced immunological defense mechanism that causes the implants to loosen and fail, according to a recent study.     The s... Read More


Age Dropping for Arthritis Onset

Age Dropping for Arthritis Onset

Arthritis, which affects nearly 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives, is usually thought of as a disorder afflicting mainly older people. But doctors have been seeing it cropping up in younger and younger people. “We don’t really know why, but we’re seeing... Read More


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