American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


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

Study Published on Same-Day, Inpatient Surgery

A study published last week in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery compared the morbidity between same-day and inpatient total hip and total knee replacement surgeries. The authors used registry data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. “No significant differences in overall postoperative complications or readmission were found between matched cohorts of patients who underwent same-day… Read More

FARE Applications Due in February

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant application reviews will begin in February. We invite you to participate by sharing a research idea for consideration of a FARE grant. Initial proposals will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a few outstanding applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal for evaluation. The… Read More

OA Study Shows How Patients Treat Hip/Knee Pain

MedPage Today reported, “Osteoarthritis (OA) patients may be underusing physical therapy, knee joint injections, and topical creams to treat pain and other symptoms, according to the results of a secondary analysis of three clinical trials in North Carolina. Across the three studies, 39% to 52% of patients with symptomatic hip or knee OA ever had used physical therapy,… Read More

FARE Grant Awarded at Annual Meeting

FARE Dr. Shohat

AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA announced at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting that Noam Shohat, MD of the Rothman Institute is the recipient of the second Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant. His study, “Fructosamine as a Predictor of Surgical Outcomes in Total Joint Arthroplasty,” was selected for the FARE funding in a blinded… Read More