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Physician Education: Orthopaedics

A New Approach to Return to Play Evaluation Following Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Christopher Harner, MD, medical director, UPMC Sports Medicine, explains a new approach for determining when an athlete should return to sport that is based on function rather than time

Making a Case for Surgical Repair of the Scapula

While many scapula injuries heal on their own with immobilization, some orthopedic surgeons believe surgical fixation of the scapula may offer a higher level of patient satisfaction in some cases.

Benefits of an Inpatient Diabetic Foot Service

Treatment for a diabetic foot infection can be as simple as oral antibiotic. Too many times, however, a diabetic foot infection results in a hospital stay, IV antibiotics, and surgery, which may include amputation. UPMC is among the first hospitals in the country to establish an inpatient diabetic foot service. Here, patients with diabetic foot infections are evaluated upon admission by orthopaedic surgeons. This prototype allows surgeons to evaluate patients sooner and should an infection be present, treat it earlier, possibly preventing amputations and reducing hospital length of stay.

New Surgical Sequence Standardizes Approach in Flexion Contracture Surgery

Lawrence Crossett, MD, chief, Division of Adult Reconstruction, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC, explains how a relatively new approach to flexion contracture knee surgery may eliminate the need to do a gradual release of the distal femur. This may leave patients with greater range of motion and increased stability.

Debunking the Myths of Aging: What Older Athletes Have Taught Us

Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopaedic surgeon at UPMC discusses her research on the effects of exercise on athletes as they age. Dr. Wright found that older adults are capable of maintaining muscle mass and strength well into their 70s, debunking previous studies of sedentary people that show we inevitably decline in performance, muscle mass, and strength as we age.

Patient and Family Centered Care: The Hip and Knee Arthritis Care Experience Model

Patient and Family Centered Care is an approach that helps physicians and hospitals deliver exceptional patient experiences in their effort to deliver high quality health care.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteosarcoma

Kurt Weiss, MD, a surgeon specialized in pediatric and adult orthopaedic oncology, discusses the symptoms of osteosarcoma, the importance of an early diagnosis, and treatment options.

Multidisciplinary Concussion Care

For years, it was believed that a small amount of rest was all that was needed to treat a concussion, but physicians are now aware this is not the case. Concussion specialists at UPMC discuss how concussions need to be treated from a variety of perspectives. This is most effective when done in a multidisciplinary setting. Concussion care at UPMC offers patients individualized treatment and access to a variety of medical specialties under one roof, helping them to meet their maximum potential as quickly as possible.