Newswise — The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers experts for comment on new study finding, which determined that knee replacements are cost effective and pain-reducing procedures for elderly patients. As the healthcare reform debate continues, new evidence from the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that knee replacement surgeries are cost-effective for Medicare and quality-of-life enhancing for elderly patients. If you are writing a story about this finding, or knee replacement surgeries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons can provide an expert to comment.

AAOS member and governing physicians can serve as expert sources to comment on musculoskeletal injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, AAOS spokespersons could discuss the following topics:

"¢ knee health, treatment and replacement

"¢ patient recuperation, rehabilitation and surgical expectations following knee replacement

"¢ surgical and nonsurgical solutions for arthritic joints

"¢ innovations in orthopaedic medicine.

The AAOS has several injury-prevention and treatment information sources available to the public, as well, including:

www.orthoinfo.org

www.saveyourknees.org

www.aaos.org

For more information or to schedule an interview with an expert spokesperson on these and dozens of other musculoskeletal conditions and innovative treatments, call the media relations department at the AAOS at 847-384-4034.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

With more than 35,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (www.aaos.org or www.orthoinfo.org) is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal health. An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician who treats the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

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