When Metastatic Cancer Weakens Bone, the AORIF Procedure Can Help
AORIF is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny incisions and high-tech imaging to guide treatment directly to the area the cancer has invaded. The procedure provides hope for patients with cancer that has metastasized to weight-bearing bone, making it difficult to pursue lifesaving treatments. Thanks to this minimally invasive procedure, patients recover quickly, regain mobility, and keep up with other lifesaving cancer treatments.Source: Yale Medicine
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Helps Treat Avascular Necrosis
We all need oxygen to live, but you might not think of its importance when it comes to conditions that affect our bones. Bones, which are made of different types of cells, proteins, and minerals, need a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to stay strong. When the blood supply to the bone is interrupted, it can cause the bone tissue to die—a condition known as avascular necrosis.Source: Yale Medicine
Adult Reconstruction Division Welcomes Andrzej Brzezinski, MD as 2023-24 Total Joint Replacement Surgery Fellow
The Yale Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Division of Adult Reconstruction is pleased to welcome Andrzej Brzezinski, MD as the 2023-2024 Yale Arthroplasty Fellow. He was appointed as a Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery and becomes just the third fellow in the fellowship program’s history, following Erik McDonald, MD (2021-2022) and Ansab Khwaja, MD (2022-2023).
Revision Surgery: Why Some Patients Need a ‘Redo’ Surgery
No one ever wants a second surgery to fix something that should have been taken care of the first time. Unfortunately, not all procedures go as planned, and nothing lasts forever, including the metal and plastic parts used in a hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery. Yale Medicine orthopaedic surgeons explain why certain surgeries need to be done again.Source: Yale Medicine
Physical Disability And Your Social Life
One of the first times Jesi Stracham spoke to another wheelchair user after her accident was in an inpatient lab with a peer mentor. This was about a month after the 2015 motorcycle accident that broke Stracham’s back and left her paralyzed from the waist down.Source: WebMD
Hankenson to Lead New Yale School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program
A new physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program will train future physiatrists at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. The program, which will accept four medical school graduate trainees annually and requires four-years to complete, will complement the department’s existing orthopaedic surgery residency program. Jennifer Hankenson, MD is serving as the Residency Program Director and is working alongside PM&R Section Chief, Rummana Aslam, MD, to review applicants and welcome the inaugural trainees, who will begin in 2024.
15 Questions to Ask Your Orthopedist During Your First Appointment
If your doctor has recommended you to have orthopedic surgery — a procedure performed on the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons and muscles — it's common to have questions. Every orthopedic surgery is different, ranging from minimally invasive hand procedures with same-day discharge to total joint replacements requiring hospital stays and extended rehabilitation. Jim, Hsu, MD walks us through the best questions to ask an orthopedic surgeon to inform your decision-making and optimize your surgical outcomes.Source: U.S. News & World Report
Yale University School of Medicine Team Proposes Oral Format Patient-Controlled Analgesia
A team at Yale School of Medicine has discovered a method for patients to self-administer oral opioid medication in a way that decreases consumption and depletes community reserves, slowing the epidemic and proving to be a new concept for pain management.Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists
Yale Orthopaedics Hosts Japanese Hip Society Traveling Fellow
Yale Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation and its Adult Reconstruction Division welcomed visiting scholar, Youngwoo Kim, MD, PhD, for a week of surgical observation, research discussions, and academic conferences. While visiting Yale, Dr. Kim observed the department’s faculty in the operating room and, in honor of his international visit, the Adult Reconstruction Division held an academic research symposium on Friday, September 8th in the Brady Auditorium where Dr. Kim served as the keynote speaker.
Meet a Mom: Dr. Corinna Franklin, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon with Yale Medicine
This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with Dr. Corinna Franklin, MD, AB, FAOA, an orthopaedic surgeon with Yale Medicine. She has been practicing for almost 11 years, with a focus on female pediatric and adolescent athletes. Currently, she sees patients in New Haven, North Haven, Trumbull and Old Saybrook, and lives in Hamden with her family, including a daughter, 6.Source: The Local Moms Network
The Pain in Her Hip Was Spreading Down Her Leg. What Could It Be?
“My hip hurts most of the time now,” the 20-year-old woman explained to Dr. Samantha Smith, a sports-medicine doctor at Yale New Haven Hospital and the second specialist she had seen since the pain in her left hip started two years earlier. She ran her hand down the side of her hip and over the thigh to her knee. It used to just happen at night, she continued. And only every now and then. But these past few months, the pain was present just about every day and absolutely every night.Source: New York Times
Can stem cell treatment repair damaged knees?
For the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) – which are injuries of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs – stem cell therapy can help support cartilage regeneration. And for a condition like avascular necrosis, the therapy can prevent the collapse of the bone. With around 10,000 to 20,000 new cases reported every year in the U.S. alone, avascular necrosis occurs when blood supply to the bone gets cut off. This results in temporary, and sometimes even permanent, loss of blood flow to the bone, leading to bone collapse. When avascular necrosis affects a joint, like in the knee, the weakened joint surface may collapse.Source: Labiotech
How Achilles International Is Making Running More Accessible—And How You Can Get Involved
Rummana Aslam, MBBS, a physiatrist and associate professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at Yale tells Shape that programs like Achilles International provide opportunity for enablement. "We believe that disability does not mean inability. Everybody with a disability has an opportunity to improve, and programs like this can help devise individualized goals for all individuals with any level of disability. The programs are geared to bring out their unique strengths—and build camaraderie and confidence."Source: Shape