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

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  • "Remarkable" Drug Shows Success in Hard-To-Treat Patients

Patients who undergo hip replacement surgery often complain of stiffness and occasionally suffer severe muscle spasms, limiting surgical recovery and lowering post-surgical quality-of-life. Physical therapy alone does not appear effective for these patients, but when botox is injected into spasming or stiff muscles around the hip, all of the trial patients showed increased hip range of motion, decreased pain, fewer (or zero) muscle spasms and were able to walk more normally with little or no limp. Researchers chose to investigate botox after reading of similar success the drug showed in knee replacement surgery.

Fracture Repair Treatment Using Balloons Appears Effective for Osteoporosis Fractures

(http://www3.aaos.org/education/anmeet/anmt2009/podium/podium.cfm?Pevent=315)

  • Balloons inserted to correct spinal deformity, followed with bone paste injections, are shown to add improved activity for osteoporosis patients

People with osteoporosis often endure spinal fractures that are painful and limit mobility. Treatment is generally limited to bed rest and pain medication. Repeated fractures often result, leading to stooped backs, limited mobility and depression. By inserting and inflating balloons on each affected vertebrae, surgeons are able to straighten the spine. The new shape is held in place with bone-paste, which leads to a permanent re
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