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For patients with patellar tendinopathy, surgery, as a resort after other treatments fail, only brings good results about half the time. Better results have been obtained through ultrasound-guided arthroscopic shaving, which targets regions with nerves outside the tendon. When no intra-tendinous...

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At the recent International Neuromodulation Society (INS) congress in Barcelona, researchers promoted a new way to administer stimulation to the spinal cord. The usual method involves SCS “to stimulate the back of the spinal cord and activate a circuit that then interacts with the transmitting pain...

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The British Journal of Anaesthesia reports a study, the largest of its kind, of 10 hospitals in the US, Australia, Germany, Israel, and other countries. Researchers determined that at least 5% of people under general anesthesia responded to commands and questions about their level of pain—called...

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Although traditional appendectomies are common—with approximately 300,000 performed a year—the incisions can cause pain, infection, missed work days, and even hernias. At the Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, a first of its kind...

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Everyone has an opinion. What happens when doctors' opinions differ from the patient's? A study in the journal of Clinical Ophthalmology measured, post ophthalmic surgery, the satisfaction level of the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and patient. The authors of the journal article analyzed over 280...

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What is the link between sex hormone deficiency and rotator cuff repair? IS there a link? An article in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery says there certainly is. Via a nationwide health insurance database, researchers found about 230,000 adults (aged <65) who had torn rotator cuff surgery and...

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A new experimental drug, mavacameten, may avert heart surgery or other therapies to lessen the thickness of the septum. Findings from a clinical trial were presented at the 71st annual American College of Cardiology scientific session. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes heart muscle thickening...

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that Black patients are less likely to be “completely satisfied” with their care post joint replacement than Whites. The study included over 4,600 patients who had primary knee (2,113) or hip (2,516) replacement surgery in New York, New Jersey, or...

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"Elect"ing to say "maybe?" Results have been released from a National Poll on Healthy Aging. Among adults 50 to 80 years of age who considered having elective surgery—including joint, eye, abdominal, cosmetic, foot, or leg—well over 60% said their #1 concern was pain/discomfort. The poll was...

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New guidelines for perioperative acute pain treatment in patients undergoing complex surgeries have been established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and 14 other societies, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery...

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