Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery May Improve Precision in Total Knee Replacement

Surgeons using a robotic arm during a procedure

Since 2019, Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA, and several orthopaedic surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have been performing partial and total knee replacements using robotic-arm assisted surgery.

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The PIVOT Center Launches within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Affecting more than half of adults in the United States, low back pain, osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal trauma are the three most common musculoskeletal conditions leading to emergency department and physician visits and hospital stays. Nearly $800 billion, or about 5 percent of the U.S. economy, goes towards diagnosing, treating and managing musculoskeletal conditions.

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Digital Care Platform Enhances Care for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Through the platform, orthopaedic surgeons at Brigham and Women’s can monitor their patients’ progress and provide clinical education throughout their recovery.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is using an innovative digital care platform to manage patients undergoing total hip and knee replacement surgery. Used by several surgeons, including Jeffrey K. Lange, MD, the digital tool enhances clinicians’ ability to deliver comprehensive care around the time of joint replacement surgery by educating, monitoring, and communicating with patients from scheduling to recovery.

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Exploring the Molecular Mechanisms of Age-Related Muscle Atrophy

Indirect immunofluorescence staining of laminin to assess myofiber morphology

Ronald L. Neppl, PhD, a molecular biologist in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate the balance between anabolic and catabolic processes, and how imbalances in these physiological processes may lead to muscle atrophy.

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Geriatric Co-Management Program for Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Senior woman speaking with doctorFor years, the American College of Surgeons has recommended that elderly patients undergo a geriatric assessment prior to total joint replacement, but many orthopaedic departments in the United States have been slow to adopt the practice.

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Total Hip Arthroplasty: Infection Rates Higher Using Direct Anterior Approach

Total Hip ArthroplastyIn March, the Hip Society presented the 2019 Frank Stinchfield Award to Richard Iorio, MD, and his co-authors, honoring research that compared prosthetic joint infection (PJI)  complication rates between the direct anterior approach (DA) and the non-anterior (NA) approach.

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Improving Perioperative Care in Foot and Ankle Surgery

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For over a decade, the Foot and Ankle Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has conducted research that places a strong emphasis on optimizing perioperative care for foot and ankle surgery patients.

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Lower Dose Opioid Regimen Shows Promise for Total Hip Replacement Patients

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In March, the Hip Society presented the 2019 Otto Aufranc Award to Antonia Chen, MD, MBA and her colleagues, honoring their research on opioid usage. Dr. Chen is the senior author of the award-winning paper, “Cluster-Randomized Trial of Opiate-Sparing Analgesia after Discharge from Elective Hip Surgery.”
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An Evidence-based Scoring System for Patients with Metastatic Spine Cancer

Female doctor writing medical records in the officeFor patients with spinal metastases, it remains challenging for providers to choose between operative and nonoperative treatments, especially when life expectancy and quality of life are difficult to predict. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, MSc, and investigators in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, are using the New England Spinal Metastasis Score (NESMS) to navigate this complex decision-making process.
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The Brigham Makes The Push Toward Same-Day Joint Replacement

"Arrow sign for outpatient parking in front of parking lot, horizontal with copy space to right."Five years ago, Vivek Shah, MD, a hip and knee replacement surgeon, replaced the right hip of an 85-year-old woman. After the routine surgery, she stayed in the hospital for three days. A few years later, she visited Dr. Shah when she needed her left hip replaced.
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