Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Orthopaedics

Medical Missions: Now and Then

By John Shea | July 24, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14072413/3a1c8414-0d5a-413a-8f66-6cb13965d85b.png

Having been an editor of Penn Medicine publications for, um, several years, I’ve been privileged to learn about some of the many medical missions abroad that the institution’s physicians, nurses, and alumni have taken part in. Occasionally, our magazines have covered such initiatives. In the most recent issue of Penn... Read more

Taking a Look "Inside Penn Medicine"

By Sally Sapega | June 16, 2014 | Comments IPM-publications-blog-photo-new

Penn Medicine is a vibrant community of students and health-care professionals. Get a glimpse into what’s happening in this world of education, clinical care and research through our internal newsletters, located on the “Inside Penn Medicine” homepage and in print editions throughout UPHS. You can also subscribe to get news... Read more

Behind the Scenes of Bloodless Medicine and Surgery

By Olivia Fermano | June 6, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061315/2bb9628c-3f65-492d-b9dc-760f8f20f857.png

Annual spring symposium reenacts bloodless patient visit In May, the Center for Bloodless Medicine & Surgery (CBMS) at Pennsylvania Hospital welcomed over 100 guests to their annual spring symposium for a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be and treat a bloodless patient. Yes, bloodless. The term... Read more

PPMC's Take Your Child to Work Day 2014 — in photos!

By Robert Press | May 9, 2014 | Comments

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)’s annual Take Your Child to Work Day — wherein hundreds of children are led through various stations in the hospital, learning about the inner workings and interesting aspects of a daily job at the hospital — fell on April 24 this year, and featured stations... Read more

Penn Medicine: Caring for Philly’s Hometown Team

By Lee-Ann Donegan | March 3, 2014 | Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14030517/60dd032d-28b6-496d-a5ae-c946ce682f77.png

Athletics has been in the news lately, with the recent Olympic Games. For a fortnight, we watched as triumphant athletes celebrate the highest highs and ascended the medals podium to claim their reward. But as skiers tumbled down mountains, snowboarders navigated the half pipe, sometimes within inches of their life,... Read more

Knee-Deep in the 2014 Winter Olympics

By Katie Delach | February 20, 2014 | Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14022015/3eb96363-0391-445e-a105-6918f8618a92.png

Image courtesy of Alessando Trovati/AP For six days, the world has watched, waited, and celebrated as their countries’ preeminent athletes have competed for medals, records, and ultimately a place in history among Olympic greats. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have unfolded with every bit of excitement and glory that... Read more

Could an Ounce of Prevention Actually Cause Harm?

By Katie Delach | July 26, 2013 | Comments Mehta & Stanton

David Stanton, MD, DMD, and Samir Mehta, MD, principal investigators on Penn Medicine's Bisphosphonate Biomarkers Trial We’ve all seen the TV commercials in which a fabulous Hollywood-mom actress talks to us about the dangers of weakening bones, and the small pills or chewable capsules we can take to avoid common...

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

By Robert Press | July 16, 2013 | Comments

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse... Read more

Osteo…huh?

By Katie Delach | June 12, 2013 | Comments Zach sobiech

Doctors search for new ways to solve the puzzle of a rare bone cancer Zach Sobiech (Image courtesy of YouTube) Recently, the world watched as 18-year-old Zach Sobiech transformed from a high school student living with cancer, to a rock star, living his dream of recording music and embracing his... Read more

Giving New Life to Dead Bones

By Katie Delach | December 14, 2012 | Comments IMG_0102

While most artificial hip joints in use today will last 10-20 years, like all devices, the artificial hip joint – which replaces the natural hip bone with a metal ball and resurfaces the hip socket with a metal shell and plastic liner – wears out over time. For younger patients, this means a second surgery (and maybe even a third) will be required to replace the artificial joint. Fortunately, a rare procedure now being offered by specialists at Penn Medicine provides a long-term alternative for younger patients with chronic hip pain. Read more

Collaboration Does a Body Good

By Katie Delach | October 5, 2012 | Comments Vitruvian-man

During the first Presidential debate of the 2012 election season earlier this week, President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney went to the mat to discuss – among other topics – the future of health care in the United States. Though the two have opposing views on how to... Read more

On Bodies and Minds: Effects of the Civil War

By Olivia Fermano | September 28, 2012 | Comments #48 - Hospital for the Insane - Dept. for Females

It’s hard to fathom, but to this day one startling Civil War statistic stands: approximately 625,000 American men – the equivalent of 6 million men today – were killed in action or died of disease between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. That’s more than in World War I,... Read more

Baby Boomers Feel the “Kneed” for Speed

By Katie Delach | March 2, 2012 | Comments Knee2

New research indicates that in recent years orthopaedic surgeons have seen a dramatic surge in the number of Baby Boomers suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or injury to the joint – often resulting from increased activities such as marathon running, swimming, or even power walking. According to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, knee replacements nearly tripled in people ages 45 to 64 between 1997 and 2009. Though still less common in younger patients, current estimates suggest that more than half a million Americans in their 50s have had the procedure. Based on current trends, operations in that age group are expected to increase. Read more

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – better in the OR (and left off the grid iron)

By Olivia Fermano | April 7, 2011 | Comments Samir-mehta

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRPT) has received a lot of attention as a popular treatment for celebrity athletes, but its value in treating the injuries in many of the most famous cases is unproven. Samir Mehta, MD provides insight into the types of cases where PRPT is approved and demonstrated effective.

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