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JAMA Surgery Study Demonstrates Short and Long-Term Cost-Savings Associated with Minimally Invasive Surgery

A new study in JAMA Surgery demonstrates that patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy procedures required fewer days of health care utilization and the health care system spent less on their acute and follow-up care than those who underwent traditional open surgery.

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Two Different Fat Graft Techniques Have Similar Effects on Facial Skin

Two approaches to fat grafting—injection of fat cells versus fat-derived stem cells—have similar effects in reversing the cellular-level signs of aging skin, reports a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Fat Grafting Technique Improves Results of Breast Augmentation

In women undergoing breast augmentation, a technique using transplantation of a small amount of the patient's own fat cells can produce better cosmetic outcomes, reports a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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For Type V AC Joint Injuries, Early Surgery May Not Be the Best Approach

Early surgery may not be the best treatment option for patients with Type V AC joint injuries, according to new research from Tripler Army Medical Center. The study, presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day, showed military personnel returned to duty faster when surgery was not performed.

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No Need to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery, Study Shows

Delaying rotator cuff surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness may not be necessary, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day.

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Pain Injections for Hip Arthroscopy Patients May Not Predict Surgical Outcomes

How best to treat and recover from complicated hip injuries is a growing field in orthopaedic medicine. While diagnostic hip injections are commonly performed for patients with labral tear to confirm the pain etiology, research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day suggests that pain relief from this diagnostic injection may not predict better outcomes following arthroscopic hip surgery.

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Young Athletes at Greater Risk for Re-Injury after ACL Surgery

One in three young athletes who undergo ACL surgery experiences re-injury, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day. The study examined the long term success of surgery for patients aged 18 years and younger.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Before Joint Replacement Can Improve Outcomes in Severely Overweight Patients

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Two new studies at Hospital for Special Surgery find that bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes in severely overweight patients.

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Penn Medicine Experts Unveil Two New Ways to Identify Joint Replacement Patients at Risk for Post-Operative Complications

Orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed two new prediction tools aimed at identifying total hip and knee replacement patients who are at-risk of developing serious complications after surgery. The investigators unveiled the new models, and study findings on which they are based, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.