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HSS presents studies at 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting

New York, NY

At this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented several studies related to innovations and leading research in orthopedics:

Antibiotic Cement Spacer Increases Risk of Acute Kidney Injury

  • Jose Rodriguez, MD, published a study that found that acute kidney injury occurred in roughly 15 percent of patients receiving an antibiotic cement spacer during total knee arthroplasty revision for periprosthetic joint infection. Read the full press release here.

Study Finds Discrepancy between Doctor Reviews Posted on Hospital Websites and Reviews on Independent Physician Rating Sites

Knee Instability Common after Knee Replacement Revision for Periprosthetic Joint Infection

  • Jose Rodriguez, MD, investigated the rate of knee instability one year after a total knee arthroplasty revision for periprosthetic joint infection. Read the full press release here.

Study Finds "Dual Mobility" Hip Replacement Implant Reduces Risk of Dislocation

  • Geoffrey Westrich, MD, presented a study that found that patients who received a newer implant known as a "dual mobility" hip replacement had zero dislocations. Read the full press release here.

Paper Addresses Challenges to Women Going into Orthopedic Surgery

  • Karen Sutton, MD, published an article addressing concerns about pregnancy as a potential deterrent to women considering an orthopedic surgery residency. Read the full write-up here.

New Criteria Needed for Diagnosing Joint Infection in Partial Knee Replacements

  • Michael Cross, MD, presented a study that indicated that clinicians should use different criteria to diagnose periprosthetic joint infection in a partial knee replacement versus a total knee replacement. Read the full press release here.

Decreased Bone Mineral Density Does Not Increase Sacral Fracture Risk in Spinal Fusion Patients

  • Alexander P. Hughes, MD, published research that found that factors other than a low bone mineral density could contribute to bone fracture risk. Read the full press release here.

Study Finds 8th and 9th Graders at Highest Risk for Re-tearing ACL after Surgery

Physician Education and Guidelines Lead to Big Drop in Opioids Prescribed after Ambulatory Hand Surgery

  • Daniel Osei, MD, found that an education program for employees on opioid abuse led to a 45 percent decrease in opioids prescribed after hand surgery. Read the full press release here.

Study Suggests Poor Blood Supply Not the Cause of Healing Problems in Scaphoid Fractures

  • Duretti Fufa, MD, published research that found that there is an even amount of blood supply in the scaphoid bone. Read the full press release here.

HSS Study Finds Consensus Needed for Joint Replacement Performance Measurement

  • Researchers including Stephen Lyman, PhD; Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA and Catherine H. MacLean, MD, PhD, published research stating that current performance measures varied significantly depending on which method was applied when assessing outcomes for hip and knee replacements. Read the full press release here.

Could Bone Marrow Aspirate Improve Tendon Healing in Rotator Cuff Repair?

  • Scott Rodeo, MD, evaluated the efficacy of bone marrow aspirate concentrate in improving tendon healing after rotator cuff repair. Read the full write-up here.

Study Finds Docking Technique Yields Better Vascularity in UCL Reconstructions

  • Joshua Dines, MD, compared the two leading techniques, Docking and the Modified Jobe, for Tommy John surgeries. Read the full press release here.

Study Finds Flatfoot Reconstruction Effective for Older Patients

  • In the first study of its kind, Scott Ellis, MD, studied the outcomes of flatfoot reconstruction on older patients. Read the full press release here.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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