Mass General Brigham Introduces New Integrated Sports Medicine Program

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Ensuring seamless, multidisciplinary care for patients from pre-injury wellness to diagnosis all the way through rehabilitation and healing is the mission of Mass General Brigham’s new integrated sports medicine program.

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Transforming Spine Care With the Launch of Brigham’s New Spine Center

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The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Spine Center, a collaborative effort among orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain medicine specialists and physiatrists, launched in July 2021. The team is focused on delivering world-class spine care while making it as easy as possible for patients and referring physicians to navigate the process.

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Do Benzodiazepines Increase Complications After Total Knee Arthroplasty?

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Benzodiazepines are effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, panic, seizures and muscle stiffness. While they are not commonly prescribed preoperatively by orthopaedic surgeons, they may be part of an orthopaedic patient’s medication regimen, and clinicians should consider their adverse effects.

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Study Finds Mechanical Problems of the Knee More Often Linked to Cartilage Damage Rather Than Meniscal Pathology

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Mechanical problems with the knee, which patients may describe as locking, grinding or clicking, have traditionally been associated with meniscal tears. But a new study from investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found that these symptoms are more often driven by cartilage damage rather than meniscal pathology.

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Are Telemedicine Visits Alone Adequate for Surgical Planning in Spine Patients?

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In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, most health care providers quickly pivoted to telemedicine. Although elective surgeries were put on hold in the beginning of the pandemic, these surgeries eventually resumed. Continuing to move procedures forward was particularly important for the care of patients requiring orthopaedic surgeries, including spine surgery.

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Does Total Knee Replacement Offer a Good Value for Patients With Advanced Knee Osteoarthritis and Extreme Obesity?

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Total knee replacement (TKR) for the treatment of advanced knee osteoarthritis is an efficacious and cost-effective treatment, even for people with extreme obesity (defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of 40 or higher). This finding from experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital was published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Focusing on Outcomes of Treatment for Shoulder Instability

shoulder x-rayShoulder instability is a relatively common concern in athletes, especially among those who play contact sports such as football, basketball and rugby. This condition has a number of treatment options, including physical therapy and various surgical procedures, but much remains unclear about how to determine the best course for each patient.

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Surgical Collaboration Treats Complex Spinal Deformities

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A unique collaboration at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping patients with scoliosis and other complex spinal problems reclaim their quality of life. The Adult Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program, led by co-directors Hasan A. Zaidi, MD, Melvin C. Makhni, MD, MBA, and Yi Lu, MD, PhD, is one of the very few in the country to bring together specialists in neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery to treat patients through the entire continuum of care.

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Surgery for Shoulder Fractures Not Always the Best Approach

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A network meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital adds to the growing body of evidence favoring nonsurgical treatment (NST) for older patients with 3- and 4-part proximal humerus fractures (PHFs).

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Orthopaedic Surgeon Gender: No Bearing on Patient Outcomes

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While men continue to greatly outnumber women in the field of orthopaedic surgery, especially in the subspecialty of hip and knee joint replacement, a recent study shows they do not have fewer post-surgical complications than their female colleagues.

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