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American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009 Annual Meeting 'Highlights and Hot Topics'
Date:2/25/2009

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

Hip Replacement

(http://www3.aaos.org/education/anmeet/anmt2009/poster/poster.cfm?Pevent=P064)

  • Hip Resurfacing Disappoints Those Who Expect a "Bionic" Hip Replacement

Using a common mechanism to score activity levels after hip surgery, researchers found that the majority of patients who underwent a procedure to resurface arthritic hip bones consented to surgery with unrealistic expectations regarding outcome. While many patients hoped to return to skiing, jogging, ballet or tennis after surgery, most instead continued to experience limits on activities due to pain and stiffness. They were, however, able to regain the ability to participate in low-impact activities that increased their quality of life. The researchers recommend pre-surgical counseling to set expectations.

Pro Athletes and Knee Surgeries

(http://www3.aaos.org/education/anmeet/anmt2009/poster/poster.cfm?Pevent=P406)

  • Unlike Meniscectomy, ACL Reconstruction Not Detrimental to Sports Career

Football players who underwent knee repair surgery in college prior to joining the NFL had shorter professional careers if they underwent a meniscectomy, or knee meniscus repair, instead of surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Common
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