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  • Five studies to read for the latest research in metal-on-metal hips

    Published on: 15 April, 2014

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    There is no doubt that there has been an increased level of awareness regarding the clinical performance of metal-on-metal bearing surfaces in recent years, much higher than anyone involved in orthopaedics likes to see. There is also significant awareness in the patient population, thanks to many articles published and presented in mainstream media.


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  • Allogeneic Blood Transfusions and Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty?

    Published on: 14 April, 2014

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    A recent publication in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery provides some interesting data regarding the rates of postoperative infections. With up to 70% of patients who undergo a total hip or knee replacement receiving blood transfusions, the conclusion that infection rates were significantly increased following allogeneic transfusions may bring further attention to this area.

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  • Zip® Surgical Skin Closure devices are 8 times stronger than sutures.

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    An attention-grabbing article was presented in “ORTHOPEDICS THIS WEEK, VOLUME 10, ISSUE 28, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014” co-authored by two orthopaedic physicians from OrthoIndy, Jack Farr, M.D. and David A. Fisher, M.D.

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  • Orthopaedic post-operative pain management

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    Post-operative pain management remains a problematic factor within the orthopaedic industry. Poorly managed postoperative pain results in resource and finance stresses to our health system and also directly to the patient.

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  • Potential to reduce arthroplasty infection rate?

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    While there is much attention given to improving patient outcomes by developments in implant design and surgical approach, it is the risk of infection following total joint surgery that is often most concerning for both orthopaedic surgeons and hospital administration alike.

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  • Potential to decrease transfusion rates following arthroplasty…..

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    A recent publication in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery provides some interesting data regarding the rates of postoperative infections. With up to 70% of patients who undergo a total hip or knee replacement receiving blood transfusions, the conclusion that infection rates were significantly increased following allogeneic transfusions may bring further attention to this area.Perioperative bleeding is always a major concern in orthopaedics, particularly in major joint replacement surgery. It not only poses major risks to the patients, but also leads to additional costs.

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  • How will Google Glass change your next operation?

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    With Google recently opening up the Glass Explorer Program to new Explorers (in the US at this stage), many are waiting to see how this will change the delivery of healthcare in the future, and how this may change your next operation.

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  • Obesity epidemic is having implications on orthopaedic patients too….

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    Over the past decade, there has been a lot said and written about the obesity epidemic. Initially we thought of ourselves as a fit and health nation, and it was the American’s with their fast food diet that led to their obesity problems. In 2014, the difference between the two nations in terms of rates of obesity, is not so great.

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  • What’s ahead for injuries at our ski fields this season?

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    As the New Zealand ski fields start preparing for another fantastic season for skiiers and snowboarders, so does the orthopaedic industry which witnesses, the not-so-happy side of this wintertime fun with an increased number of injuries.

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  • Arthrodesis may be better indicated after failed TAR than re-arthroplasty.

    Published on: 17 September, 2014

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    Globally there has been a trend towards increased use of total ankle arthroplasty. With this, comes an inevitable increased need to revise the prostheses, with component exchange and revision procedures often considered.

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  • Merry Christmas from the team at Surgical Specialties

    Published on: 15 December, 2014

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    As we approach the holiday season we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business during 2014 and inform you of our business operating hours over the 2014 / 2015 Christmas New Year period.

    Normal business operations will be shut down from 4:30pm on Wednesday 24th December and reopen again for normal operations 7.30am on Friday 2nd January.

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  • Can Silver Nanotechnology Reduce Infection?

    Published on: 24 June, 2015

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    Do continuous infusion devices have the potential to reduce infection rates? Or do they increase infection rates?

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  • NZOA ASM 2015

    Published on: 14 October, 2015

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    Surgical Specialties New Zealand looks forward to attending the NZOA ASM 2015 as a Bronze Sponsor

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