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Morad Chughtai, John J Kelly, Jared M Newman, Assem A Sultan, Anton Khlopas, Nipun Sodhi, Anil Bhave, Michael C Kolczun, Michael A Mont
This study evaluated the use of telerehabilitation during the postoperative period for patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA). Specifically, this study evaluated the following: (1) patient compliance and adherence to the program, (2) time spent performing physical therapy exercises, (3) the usability of the virtual rehabilitation platform, and (4) clinical outcome scores in a selected primary knee arthroplasty cohort. A total of 157 consecutive patients underwent TKA ( n  = 18) or UKA ( n  = 139)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Mat Nicholls, Ajay Manjoo, Peter Shaw, Faizan Niazi, Jeffrey Rosen
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to compare the properties of currently available intra-articular hyaluronate (IA-HA) products widely available in the USA to those of healthy knee synovial fluid with respect to their bulk rheological properties. We hypothesize that products would have differing rheological properties, with some more closely resembling the properties and physiological aspects of healthy joint fluid HA. METHODS: We obtained reported HA product molecular weights, as well as measurements of the presence of cross-linking, zero shear rate viscosity, shear thinning ratio, and crossover frequency for the following IA-HA products available in the USA: Euflexxa® , Orthovisc® , Supartz® , Monovisc® , Synvisc® , Synvisc-One® , Gel-One® , and Hyalgan® ...
March 14, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Rocco Friebel, Katharina Hauck, Paul Aylin, Adam Steventon
OBJECTIVE: To assess trends in 30-day emergency readmission rates across England over one decade. DESIGN: Retrospective study design. SETTING: 150 non-specialist hospital trusts in England. PARTICIPANTS: 23 069 134 patients above 18 years of age who were readmitted following an initial admission (n=62 584 297) between April 2006 and February 2016. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOMES: We examined emergency admissions that occurred within 30 days of discharge from hospital ('emergency readmissions') as a measure of healthcare quality...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Victoria Flores, James Becker, Eric Burkhardt, Joshua Cotter
The back squat exercise is typically practiced with varying squat depths and barbell loads. However, depth has been inconsistently defined, resulting in unclear safety precautions when squatting with loads. Additionally, females exhibit anatomical and kinematic differences to males which may predispose them to knee joint injuries. The purpose of this study was to characterize peak knee extensor moments (pKEMs) at three commonly practiced squat depths of above parallel, parallel, and full depth, and with three loads of 0% (unloaded), 50%, and 85% depth-specific one repetition maximum (1RM) in recreationally active females...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Hallie E Baer-Bositis, Taylor D Hicks, Georges M Haidar, Matthew J Sideman, Lori L Pounds, Mark G Davies
OBJECTIVE: Tibial interventions for critical limb ischemia are now commonplace. Restenosis and occlusion remain barriers to durability after intervention. The aim of this study was to examine the patient-centered outcomes of open and endovascular reintervention for symptomatic recurrent disease after a primary isolated tibial endovascular intervention. METHODS: A database of patients undergoing isolated primary lower extremity tibial endovascular interventions between 2006 and 2016 was retrospectively queried...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Douglas W Jones, Philip P Goodney, Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, Marc L Schermerhorn, Jeffrey J Siracuse, Jeanwan Kang, Jesse A Columbo, Bjoern D Suckow, David H Stone
OBJECTIVE: Performing lower extremity bypass (LEB) in actively smoking claudicants remains controversial. Whereas some surgeons advocate a strict nonoperative approach to active smokers, citing perceived inferior outcomes, others will proceed with surgical bypass if the patient is anatomically suited and medical management has failed. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of active smoking on LEB outcomes among claudicants. METHODS: All patients undergoing infrainguinal LEB for claudication in the Vascular Study Group of New England from 2003 to 2016 were analyzed...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Dale G Wilson, Sheena K Harris, Chandler Barton, Jeffrey D Crawford, Amir F Azarbal, Enjae Jung, Erica L Mitchell, Gregory J Landry, Gregory L Moneta
OBJECTIVE: The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a well-established measure of distal perfusion in lower extremity ischemia; however, the ABI is of limited value in patients with noncompressible lower extremity arteries. We sought to demonstrate whether duplex ultrasound-determined tibial artery velocities can be used as an alternative to ABI as an objective performance measure after endovascular treatment of above-knee arterial stenosis. METHODS: Thirty-six patients undergoing above-knee endovascular intervention had preprocedure and postprocedure duplex ultrasound examination within 6 months of intervention...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Rachel Morris, Cheong Jun Lee
Angiosarcoma is an exceedingly rare and aggressive neoplasm. Due to early metastasis even in low-grade tumors, it is associated with poor survival. We report a late development of an angiosarcoma in a saphenous vein graft following a femoral artery to above knee popliteal artery bypass performed for disabling claudication. Chronic inflammation, lymphatic disruption and thrombosis of the graft may have contributed to the malignant transformation, similar to cases described occurring after arteriovenous fistulae creation...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Atish Chopra, Amir F Azarbal, Enjae Jung, Cherrie Z Abraham, Timothy K Liem, Gregory J Landry, Gregory L Moneta, Erica L Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: Major lower extremity amputations (MLEAs) remain a significant source of disability. It is unknown whether postamputation functional outcomes and outcome predictability have changed with a population of increasingly aging and obese patients. Accordingly, we sought to evaluate contemporary trends. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed to identify patients undergoing MLEA using Current Procedural Terminology codes in a university hospital...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Jesse A Columbo, Louise Davies, Ravinder Kang, J Aaron Barnes, Kathleen A Leinweber, Bjoern D Suckow, Philip P Goodney, David H Stone
OBJECTIVES: To date, studies of vascular amputees primarily examine quantitative outcomes following limb loss. Less is known about the patient's perspective after major lower limb amputation. Here, we define and describe the postamputation recovery period. METHODS: Qualitative study using purposive, maximum variation sampling on the variables of amputation level and times since surgery. We first conducted structured interviews with 20 participants (median age: 65 years, range: 45-88 years; 85% male; below knee amputation n = 14; above knee amputation n = 6; median time from amputation to interview = 16 months, range: 4-51 months)...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Yiqun Bian, Hao Wang, Shui Sun
Osteoarthritis (OA), characterized by pain and stiffness, swelling, deformity and dysfunction of joints, affects large numbers of population. The purpose of this study was to discover the effects of taurine in human OA chondrocytes and explore the underlying mechanisms. 46 patients with different grades of OA were recruited. Of these patients, 24 underwent total knee replacement and cartilages were harvested. The mRNA expressions of type II collagen (Collagen II) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress markers (GRP78, GADD153 and Caspase-12) in cartilages were quantified by qRT-PCR...
December 2018: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
Myong-Hwan Karm, Sohee Lee, Syn-Hae Yoon, Sukyung Lee, Wonuk Koh
RATIONALE: Although lower-extremity surgeries are mainly performed under general or central neuraxial anesthesia, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block (PNB) can be a good alternative, especially for patients who require continuous anticoagulation treatment and present with poor cardiovascular conditions. PATIENTS CONCERNS: The patient required continuous anticoagulation treatment due to the high risk of thromboembolism and poor cardiovascular conditions. DIAGNOSES: The patient required lower-extremity amputation due to atherosclerotic and thromboembolic obstruction...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Bong-Ju Park, Hong-Man Cho, Ki-Yong An, Hyun-Ju Lee
Acute arterial occlusion is a rare complication following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This is a report of a case of acute femoral artery occlusion and its sequelae following TKA in a patient with a history of atrial fibrillation. Arterial circulation of the lower limb could not be restored by thrombectomy treatments, and above-knee amputation had to be carried out.
March 1, 2018: Knee Surgery & related Research
Todd A Kuiken, Nicholas P Fey, Timothy Reissman, Suzanne B Finucane, Gregory A Dumanian
Background: Excess residual limb fat is a common problem that can impair prosthesis control and negatively impact gait. In the general population, thighplasty and liposuction are commonly performed for cosmetic reasons but not specifically to improve function in amputees. The objective of this study was to determine if these procedures could enhance prosthesis fit and function in an overweight above-knee amputee. Methods: We evaluated the use of these techniques on a 50-year-old transfemoral amputee who was overweight...
January 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Todd O McKinley, Jean-Claude DʼAlleyrand, Ian Valerio, Seth Schoebel, Kevin Tetsworth, Eric A Elster
In 16 years of conflict, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan, wounded warriors have primarily been subjected to blast type of injuries. Evacuation strategies have led to unprecedented survival rates in blast-injured soldiers, resulting in large numbers of wounded warriors with complex limb trauma. Bone and soft tissue defects have resulted in increased use of complex reconstructive algorithms to restore limbs and function. In addition, in failed salvage attempts, advances in amputation options are being developed...
March 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Yuta Nakanishi, Takafumi Hiranaka, Masahiro Shirahama, Masafumi Uesugi, Kenjiro Okimura, Masanori Tsubosaka, Yousaku Shibata, Yuuichi Hida, Takaaki Fujishiro, Harunobu Uemoto
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that multiple screw fixation is a common option of surgical treatment for femoral neck fractures, there is a paucity of precise morphological study of the femoral neck. To identify appropriate positions and spacing of hip screws for multiple-screw femoral neck fracture fixation, proximal femur morphology in Japanese patients was studied. METHOD: One hundred hips in fifty knee arthroplasty candidates were studied. Following full limb CT, defined slices were created and anatomical variables measured...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
Kun-Ming Ren, Pei-Liang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the short-and mid-term curative effect of high fibular osteotomy on knee osteoarthritis. METHODS: From October 2014 to July 2016, 76 patients with knee osteoarthritis were treated with high fibular osteotomy. There were 22 males and 54 females, ranging in age from 47 to 82 years old, with an average of 61.62 years old. Internal tenderness of the knee joint was examined preoperatively. Preoperative examination showed medial knee pain and medial positive McMurray sign...
August 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Reuben A Falola, Chrisovalantis Lakhiani, Jocelyn Green, Siya Patil, Brandon Jackson, Rachel Bratescu, Ersilia Anghel, John S Steinberg, Paul J Kim, Christopher E Attinger, Karen K Evans
BACKGROUND: Free tissue transfer is one option for preservation of form and function in the native limb, in the setting of soft tissue paucity. However, the data on patient functionality after microvascular intervention is inconsistently reported. The Lower Extremity Function Scale (LEFS) measures patient-reported difficulty in carrying out 20 physical activities, on a Likert scale, the sum of which correlates with descriptive functional stages of 1-5. We assess limb functionality in this cohort of microvascular patients using the LEFS survey...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Olivier Bruyère
Chondroitin Sulfate (CS) is a drug which is available as pharmaceutical-grade and nutriceutical-grade products, with important variations in preparation, composition, purity and therapeutic effects. Previous studies using pharmaceutical-grade CS suggested that the compound improves pain and function and delays structural progression in knee osteoarthritis (OA), whereas discrepant results were observed when lower grade preparations were investigated. Areas covered: The recently published chondroitin versus celecoxib versus Placebo Trial (CONCEPT) assessed the symptomatic effect of pharmaceutical-grade CS 800 mg/day in symptomatic knee OA...
March 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Dan Sebastian Dîrzu, Theodor Boţ, Constantin Ciuce
Ultrasound-guided saphenous nerve block above the knee may be a valuable diagnosis tool in patient presenting chronic pain of the calf.
February 2018: Clinical Case Reports
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