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Study shows prevalence of back pain in children and adolescents, and increased rates associated with increasing age

LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2019)—A new study presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlights the frequency of back pain in children and adolescents and suggests there is a significant linear increase in back pain, specifically in the lower back as kids age from 10 to 18-years-old.…

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Research finds stopping opioid use three months prior to surgery lowers risk of chronic postoperative use

LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2019)—As opioid usage rises, one study presented today at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that chronic users who stopped taking opioids three months before major total joint arthroplasty and spinal fusion surgeries reduced the risk of chronic use following surgery.…

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Underweight patients at greatest risk of complications following total shoulder arthroplasty

LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2019)—While studies often identify obesity as a potential risk factor for complications following total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), few have looked at outcomes for patients who are underweight. A study presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) demonstrated that underweight patients actually have a higher risk of adverse events and infection following surgery than any other body mass index (BMI) category, including the morbidly obese.…

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Study shows weight loss prior to knee surgery improved outcomes for morbidly-obese patients

LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2019)—Morbidly obese patients who lost at least 20 pounds prior to total knee arthroplasty (TKA) had shorter hospital stays and lower odds of having to go to a nursing facility even if they remained morbidly or severely obese, according to a study presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).…

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Gestational carpal tunnel syndrome found to be persistent in women post pregnancy

LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2019)—New research presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) titled “Prospective Evaluation of the Incidence and Persistence of Gestational Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” studied women who experienced gestational carpal tunnel syndrome (GCTS) during the third trimester of pregnancy to determine how long it takes for GCTS to dissipate after childbirth and how commonly symptoms persist.…

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