American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


FARE Grant Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the fall cycle of the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FARE) Grant is due on August 1, 2018. Submit your initial proposal in the application for consideration; if your application is accepted, a full proposal will be due for final review. The winner will be awarded up to $50,000 at the 2018 AAHKS Annual… Read More

Predicting Osteolysis after THA with Biomarkers

A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, “Urinary markers predict bone problems after hip replacement,” reports on the discovery of urinary markers that can predict osteolysis after total hip arthroplasty. Investigators claim that the biomarkers could predict signs long before imaging – “in some cases 6 years before a diagnosis was made,” according to an article… Read More

Study Describes Landscape of Female Orthopaedists

A study published in the current issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, “Profiles of Practicing Female Orthopaedists Caring for Medicare Patients in the United States,” used Medicare claims data to analyze demographic and practice characteristics of orthopaedic surgeons who are women. “There are significant differences between female and male orthopaedic surgeons caring for Medicare patients… 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 Viewing: Younger Patients Receiving TJA

CNN aired a story this week that reports the average age of patients who elect to have total joint replacement surgery is decreasing. Citing the study “Changing Demographics in Primary and Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty, 2000-2014,” presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, the story explains that advances in technology are among some of the… Read More

Timely JOA Article on Safe Discharge

An article-in-press in the Journal of Arthroplasty, “Can Total Knee Arthroplasty Be Performed Safely as an Outpatient in the Medicare Population?” features a study comparing the complication rates between outpatient, short-stay and inpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Co-author, P. Maxwell Courtney, MD, a former AAHKS Health Policy Fellow, was interviewed by Orthopedics This Week regarding this “hot button”… Read More

NEJM Study Examines Extended VTE Prophylaxis

A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Aspirin or Rivaroxaban for VTE Prophylaxis after Hip or Knee Arthroplasty,” sought to compare aspirin with direct oral anti-coagulants for prophylaxis beyond hospital discharge. According to an article in Orthopedics Today, “No significant difference was seen between extended prophylaxis with aspirin and [rivaroxaban] in the prevention… Read More

AMA Publishes Report on Economic Impact of Physicians

The 2018 AMA Economic Impact Study from the American Medical Association provides state-specific data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia illustrating the significant impact physicians have on our national and state economies through the creation of jobs, the purchase of goods and services, and large-scale support of state and local tax revenue. You can search… Read More

MoM Research Shows Revisions Increasing

Researchers using data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man studied five-year revision rates for patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty after 2007. They compared data with that of patient who had surgery prior to 2007. According to the NJR, “the rate of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant patients undergoing… Read More

Norwegian Study Investigates Metabolic Syndrome

A study published this month in Clinical Epidemiology, “Metabolic syndrome as a risk factor for total hip or knee replacement due to primary osteoarthritis: a prospective cohort study,” used data from the HUNT2 Study and the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register to conclude that “neither metabolic syndrome nor its components were associated with increased risk of THR or TKR due… Read More