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  • Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor: two cases highlighting differences in clinical and radiologic presentation

    Gu, Joey; Ge, Connie; Joshi, Ganesh; Most, Mathew; Tai, Ryan (2023-10-04)
    Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumors are rare, usually benign neoplasms that occur in the soft tissue or bone and are the cause of nearly all cases of tumor-induced osteomalacia. Tumor-induced osteomalacia due to phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor is a challenging diagnosis to make-patients present with variable clinical and radiologic findings and the culprit neoplasm is often small and can occur anywhere head to toe. We present two cases of phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor in the scapular body and plantar foot. In both cases, the patient endured years of debilitating symptoms before a tissue diagnosis was eventually reached. Descriptions of clinical presentation, laboratory workup, surgical resection, and imaging characteristics, with a focus on CT, MRI, and functional imaging, are provided to assist with the diagnosis and management of this rare entity. A brief review of current literature and discussion of the differential diagnoses of phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor is also provided.
  • Perceptions of social media utilization among orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons

    Salimy, Mehdi S; Narain, Ankur S; Curtin, Patrick B; Bellinger, Eric C; Patel, Abhay R (2023-09-08)
    Background: The growing social media presence in healthcare has provided physicians with new ways to engage with patients. However, foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons have been found to underuse social media platforms despite their known benefits for patients and surgeons. Thus, this study sought to investigate the reasons for this phenomenon and to identify potential barriers to social media utilization in clinical practice. Methods: A 19-question survey was distributed to active attending physicians identified through the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society membership database. The survey included demographic, practice characteristics, and social media use questions assessed by a 5-point Likert scale. Logistic regression was used to identify predictors of positive attitudes toward social media. Results: Fifty-eight surgeons were included. Most respondents were male (n = 43, 74.1%), in private practice (n = 31, 53.5%), and described their practice to be greater than 51% elective procedures (n = 46, 79.4%). The average years in practice was 14.8 years (standard deviation, SD: 10.0 years). A total of 32.8% (n = 19) of surgeons reported using social media as part of their clinical practice. Facebook (n = 19, 32.8%), a professional website or blog (n = 18, 31.0%), and LinkedIn (n = 15, 25.9%) were the most used platforms-primarily for practice marketing or brand development (n = 19, 32.8%). A total of 58.6% (n = 34) of surgeons reported they did not use social media. The primary reasons were the time commitment (n = 31, 53.5%), concerns about obscuring professional boundaries (n = 22, 37.9%), and concerns regarding confidentiality (n = 11, 19.0%). Many surgeons reported that social media positively influences foot and ankle surgery (n = 23, 39.7%), although no individual predictors for these views could be identified. Conclusions: Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons tended to view social media use positively, but the time investment and concerns over professionalism and confidentiality pose challenges to its use. Given the influence of a surgeon's social media identity on patient satisfaction and practice building, efforts should be made to streamline social media use for foot and ankle surgeons to establish their online presence. Level of evidence: Level IV, cross-sectional study.
  • Recurrent Giant Cell Tumor of Bone with New Pulmonary Metastases 9 Years After En Bloc Distal Radius Resection: A Case Report

    DeFazio, Matthew W; Selove, William; Watts, George; Harchandani, Sonali; Sood, Rahul N; Lou, Feiran; Most, Mathew J (2023-08-17)
    Case: A 31-year-old man with a history of giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB) in the distal radius presents to clinic 9 years after en bloc distal radius resection. He was found to have a new soft tissue mass consistent with GCTB and new pulmonary metastases. Ultimately, he underwent excision of his soft tissue recurrence and partial lobectomy for his lung metastases. Conclusion: This case highlights the importance of having a high level of suspicion for local recurrence or metastasis, even years after wide resection and negative margins.
  • Atypical Chondroid Syringoma of the Toe

    Ge, Connie; Gu, Joey; Deng, April; Joshi, Ganesh; Most, Mathew; Tai, Ryan (2023-05-01)
    Although chondroid syringoma rarely occurs outside the head and neck, the majority of malignant chondroid syringomas are identified in the extremities. Here, we present a case of atypical chondroid syringoma in the fifth toe. Diagnosis of chondroid syringoma with atypical cells was made following initial excisional biopsy and histology, necessitating repeated surgery for positive margins. In this case report, we examine the radiopathologic correlation of this diagnosis, detail the imaging findings of benign and malignant chondroid syringomas, and highlight how magnetic resonance imaging can be used to guide surgical planning and treatment course of this potentially malignant tumor.
  • Atypical Fragility Fractures due to Bony or Soft Tissue Phosphaturic Mesenchymal Tumors: A Report of Two Cases

    Clegg, Stephanie M; Eiel, Emily S; Fine, Sara; Gafni, Rachel I; Most, Mathew J (2023-04-12)
    Introduction: Tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) is a rare paraneoplastic disorder where patients present with hypophosphatemia, chronic diffuse bone pain, and occasionally fractures. Benign phosphaturic mesenchymal tumors (PMT) are responsible for the TIO and are largely soft tissue tumors. Cases: Two male patients with TIO secondary to PMT were reported-one in the bony scapula and the other in the plantar foot soft tissue. The first case describes a 63-year-old Caucasian male, who sustained an intertrochanteric proximal femur stress fracture and approximately two years of diffuse bone pain and hypophosphatemia. Wide excision of a left scapula boney lesion resulted in immediate resolution of his electrolyte abnormalities and bone pain. Case 2 describes a 58-year-old male with four years of multifocal bone pain and atraumatic fractures. A 68Ga-DOTATATE-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scan identified a soft tissue tumor in his plantar foot, which was ultimately excised. He also experienced near immediate resolution of his pain and no additional fractures. Conclusion: TIO is a rare condition presenting with chronic multifocal bone pain, stress fractures, and hypophosphatemia. These two cases highlight that the causative tumor may originate in soft tissue or bone. Furthermore, a high index of suspicion, along with fibroblast growth factor-23 testing and DOTATATE-PET/CT localization, can help with diagnosis and minimize treatment delays.
  • How Back Pain Affects Patient Satisfaction After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty

    Ayers, David C; Zheng, Hua; Yang, Wenyun; Yousef, Mohamed (2023-03-30)
    Background: Although back pain (BP) has been shown to be a predictor of dissatisfaction after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in some reports, these studies did not use a scale to quantify the degree of pain. The purpose of this study was to quantify the effect of BP intensity on patient satisfaction reported at 1 year after TKA. Methods: A multicenter prospective cohort was taken in which 9,057 patients undergoing primary unilateral TKA were enrolled in FORCE-TJR and demographic and clinical data were collected. Back pain (BP) intensity was assessed using the Oswestry back disability index (ODI) pain intensity questionnaire. Patients were classified into 4 categories based on the severity of BP. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) were collected preoperatively and postoperatively after 1 year including the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) (total score, pain, Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and Quality of Life (QOL), Short-Form health survey 36-item (SF-36) Physical Component Score (PCS), and Mental Component Score (MCS)). We used a validated 5-point Likert satisfaction scale. Univariate analyses of the difference between the satisfied and dissatisfied patients' groups was performed. Multivariate logistic regression models with 95% confidence interval (CI) were used to quantify the effect of BP intensity on patient dissatisfaction at 1 year. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses were performed with measurement of area under curve (AUC). Results: At 1 year, a total of 1,657 TKA patients (18.3%) were dissatisfied. A total of 4,765 patients (52.6%) reported back pain at the time of surgery, including mild BP in 2,264 patients (24.9%), moderate BP in 1,844 patients (20.3%), and severe BP in 657 patients (7.2%). Severe back pain was significantly associated with patient dissatisfaction at 1 year after TKA (P = .0006). The multivariate regressions showed that patients who had severe BP were 1.6 times more likely to be dissatisfied when compared to patients who had no BP [odds ratio (OR) 1.63; 95% confidence interval (CI) (1.23-2.16), P = .0006]. While patients who had mild BP [OR 0.98; 95% CI (0.82-1.17), P = .87] or moderate BP [OR 0.97; 95% CI (0.80-1.18), P = .78] were not associated with an increased likelihood of dissatisfaction. Other predictive variables for dissatisfaction, include age [OR for younger patients <65 years versus older patients ≥65 years, 0.74; 95% CI (0.59-0.92)], educational level [OR for post high school versus less, 0.83; 95% CI (0.71, 0.97)], smoking [OR for nonsmoker versus current smoker, 0.63; 95% CI (0.45, 0.87)], and Charlson comorbidity index [OR for CCI ≥2 versus 0, 1.25; 95% CI (1.05, 1.49)]. Conclusion: Increased BP intensity was associated with increased risk of dissatisfaction 1 year after TKA. Only patients who had severe BP were 1.6 times more likely to be dissatisfied. The data presented here can help to improve shared decision-making and patient counseling before surgery. Surgeons should consider a spine evaluation in patients who have severe BP prior to TKA.
  • The Role of Wearable Technology in Measuring and Supporting Patient Outcomes Following Total Joint Replacement: Review of the Literature

    Iovanel, Gregory; Ayers, David; Zheng, Hua (2023-01-12)
    Background: The incidence rate of total joint replacement (TJR) continues to increase due to the aging population and the surgery that is very successful in providing pain relief to and improving function among patients with advanced knee or hip arthritis. Improving patient outcomes and patient satisfaction after TJR remain important goals. Wearable technologies provide a novel way to capture patient function and activity data and supplement clinical measures and patient-reported outcome measures in order to better understand patient outcomes after TJR. Objective: We examined the current literature to evaluate the potential role of wearable devices and compare them with existing methods for monitoring and improving patient rehabilitation and outcomes following TJR. Methods: We performed a literature search by using the research databases supported by the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library, including PubMed and Scopus, supplemented with the Google Scholar search engine. A specific search strategy was used to identify articles discussing the use of wearable devices in measuring and affecting postoperative outcomes of patients who have undergone TJR. Selected papers were organized into a spreadsheet and categorized for our qualitative literature review to assess how wearable data correlated with clinical measures and patient-reported outcome measures. Results: A total of 9 papers were selected. The literature showed the impact of wearable devices on evaluating and improving postoperative functional outcomes. Wearable-collected data could be used to predict postoperative clinical measures, such as range of motion and Timed Up and Go times. When predicting patient-reported outcomes, specifically Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Scores/Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Scores and Veterans RAND 12-Item Health Survey scores, strong associations were found between changes in sensor-collected data and changes in patient-reported outcomes over time. Further, the step counts of patients who received feedback from a wearable improved over time when compared to those of patients who did not receive feedback. Conclusions: These findings suggest that wearable technology has the potential to remotely measure and improve postoperative orthopedic patient outcomes. We anticipate that this review will facilitate further investigation into whether wearable devices are viable tools for guiding the clinical management of TJR rehabilitation.
  • Chemically Crosslinked Amphiphilic Degradable Shape Memory Polymer Nanocomposites with Readily Tuned Physical, Mechanical, and Biological Properties

    Xu, Xiaowen; Skelly, Jordan D; Song, Jie (2023-01-06)
    Facile surgical delivery and stable fixation of synthetic scaffolds play roles just as critically as degradability and bioactivity in ensuring successful scaffold-guided tissue regeneration. Properly engineered shape memory polymers (SMPs) may meet these challenges. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSSs) can be covalently integrated with urethane-crosslinked polylactide (PLA) to give high-strength, degradable SMPs around physiological temperatures. To explore their potential for guided bone regeneration, here we tune their hydrophilicity, degradability, cytocompatibility, and osteoconductivity/osteoinductivity by crosslinking star-branched POSS-PLA with hydrophilic polyethylene glycol diisocyanates of different lengths and up to 60 wt % hydroxyapatite (HA). The composites exhibit high compliance, toughness, up to gigapascal storage moduli, and excellent shape recovery (>95%) at safe triggering temperatures. Water swelling ratios and hydrolytic degradation rates positively correlated with the hydrophilic crosslinker lengths, while the negative impact of degradation on the proliferation and osteogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells was mitigated with HA incorporation. Macroporous composites tailored for a rat femoral segmental defect were fabricated, and their ability to stably retain and sustainedly release recombinant osteogenic bone morphogenetic protein-2 and support cell attachment and osteogenesis was demonstrated. These properties combined make these amphiphilic osteoconductive degradable SMPs promising candidates as next-generation synthetic bone grafts.
  • Association Between the Modified Frailty Index and Outcomes Following Lobectomy

    Bludevich, Bryce M; Emmerick, Isabel; Uy, Karl; Maxfield, Mark; Ash, Arlene S.; Baima, Jennifer; Lou, Feiran (2022-11-25)
    Introduction: Elective thoracic surgery is safe in well-selected elderly patients. The association of frailty with postoperative morbidity in elective-lobectomy patients is understudied. We examined frailty as defined by abbreviated modified frailty index (mFI-5), mFI-11 in the thoracic surgery population, and the correlation between frailty and postoperative complications. Methods: We studied outcomes of patients in two cohorts, 2010-2012 and 2013-2019, from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database and used multivariable logistic regression models to predict all postoperative morbidity, mortality, and major morbidity. The mFI-5 could be calculated for all subjects (both 2010-2012, and 2013-2019); the mFI-11 could only be calculated for the 2010-2012 cohort. Patient frailty was defined as mFI≥3 (with either index). We used odds ratios (ORs) to examine associations of preoperative characteristics with postoperative complications and C-statistics to assess overall predictive power. Results: Complications were less prevalent in the 2013-2019 cohort (17.9% versus 19.5%, P = 0.008). Open lobectomies were more common in the 2010-2012 cohort (53.9% versus 34.6%) and were strongly associated with postoperative morbidity and mortality (ORs >1.5) in both cohorts. Each frailty measure was associated with morbidity and mortality (ORs >1.4) after adjusting for other significant preoperative factors. Models on the 2010-2012 cohort had nearly identical C-statistics using the mFI-11 versus mFI-5 frailty indices (0.6142 versus 0.6139; P > 0.8). Conclusions: Frailty, as captured in the mFI-5, is a significant associated factor of postoperative morbidity and mortality following elective lobectomies. As a modifiable risk factor, frailty should be considered in surgical decision-making and when counseling patients regarding perioperative risks.
  • Sterilization of Polymeric Implants: Challenges and Opportunities

    Herczeg, Chloe K; Song, Jie (2022-11-01)
    Degradable and environmentally responsive polymers have been actively developed for drug delivery and regenerative medicine applications, yet inadequate consideration of their compatibility with terminal sterilization presents notable barriers to clinical translation. This Review discusses industry-established terminal sterilization methods and aseptic processing and contrasts them with innovative approaches aimed at preserving the integrity of polymeric implants. Regulatory guidelines, fiscal considerations, and potential pitfalls are discussed to encourage early integration of sterility regulatory considerations in material designs.
  • Web-Based System to Capture Consistent and Complete Real-world Data of Physical Therapy Interventions Following Total Knee Replacement: Design and Evaluation Study

    Franklin, Patricia D; Oatis, Carol A; Zheng, Hua; Westby, Marie D; Peter, Wilfred; Laraque-Two Elk, Jeremie; Rizk, Joseph; Benbow, Ellen; Li, Wenjun (2022-10-27)
    Background: Electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to facilitate consistent clinical data capture to support excellence in patient care, quality improvement, and knowledge generation. Despite widespread EHR use, the vision to transform health care system and its data to a "learning health care system" generating knowledge from real-world data is limited by the lack of consistent, structured clinical data. Objective: The purpose of this paper was to demonstrate the design of a web-based structured clinical intervention data capture system and its evaluation in practice. The use case was ambulatory physical therapy (PT) treatment after total knee replacement (TKR), one of the most common and costly procedures today. Methods: To identify the PT intervention type and intensity (or dose) used to treat patients with knee arthritis following TKR, an iterative user-centered design process refined an initial list of PT interventions generated during preliminary chart reviews. Input from practicing physical therapists and national and international experts refined and categorized the interventions. Next, a web-based, hierarchical structured system for intervention and intensity documentation was designed and deployed. Results: The PT documentation system was implemented by 114 physical therapists agreeing to record all interventions at patient visits. Data for 161 patients with 2615 PT visits were entered by 83 physical therapists. No technical problems with data entry were reported, and data entry required less than 2 minutes per visit. A total of 42 (2%) interventions could not be categorized and were recorded using free text. Conclusions: The use of user-centered design principles provides a road map for developing clinically feasible data capture systems that employ structured collection of uniform data for use by multiple practitioners across institutions to complement and augment existing EHRs. Secondarily, these data can be analyzed to define best practices and disseminate knowledge to practice.
  • Prostate Cancer History and Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Matched Cohort Analysis Investigating Venous Thromboembolism and Anticoagulation

    Johnson, Keir; Clegg, Stephanie; Alsoof, Daniel; Daniels, Alan H; Deren, Matthew E; Cohen, Eric M (2022-09-20)
    Background: Prostate cancer (PCa) is a common cancer among men in the United States. While malignancy is a known cause of venous thromboembolism (VTE), little is known about the effect of PCa history on postoperative complications after elective total hip arthroplasty (THA). This study aimed to evaluate the risk of hematologic complications in patients with a history of PCa taking common postoperative anticoagulants. Methods: THA patients were identified through the PearlDiver Mariner database. Patients with a history of PCa were placed in one of the following cohorts based on postoperative anticoagulant prescription: aspirin, warfarin, low-molecular-weight heparin, direct Xa inhibitor, or any anticoagulant. PCa cohorts were matched 1:3 to patients without a history of PCa with the same anticoagulant prescription based on age, gender, and Charlson Comorbidity Index. Postoperative complications were evaluated using multivariable logistic regression. Results: A total of 74,744 patients that underwent THA were included. PCa patients taking any anticoagulant were found to have increased risk of postoperative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (odds ratio: 1.25, lower 99% confidence interval: 1.09, upper 99% confidence interval: 1.43, P value <.001). PCa patients taking warfarin, low-molecular-weight heparin, and direct Xa inhibitors additionally showed increased risk of postoperative DVT. Patients taking aspirin did not have an increased risk of postoperative DVT. Conclusions: Our results suggest postoperative aspirin prophylaxis may not increase VTE complication risk when compared to other anticoagulants. Surgeons should be aware that PCa history may be an independent risk factor for VTE, and these patients may benefit from medical optimization.
  • Cancer; Pathophysiology and Stress Modulation (Cancer, Therapeutic Interventions)

    Scarpetti, Lauren; Guarino, Matthew; Baima, Jennifer (2022-08-19)
    Objective: The purpose of this review is to describe the myriad complications of cancer and its therapies to emphasize the pathophysiological need for prehabilitation. Data sources: The information presented in this review is from applicable, peer-reviewed scientific articles. Conclusion: Cancer itself renders negative effects on the body, most notably unintentional weight loss and fatigue. Cancer treatments, especially surgical interventions, can cause detrimental short- and long-term impacts on patients, which translate to suboptimal treatment outcomes. Prehabilitation can be used to improve patient health prior to anticancer therapies to improve treatment tolerance and efficacy. Implications for nursing practice: Nurses play an important role in the treatment of patients with cancer throughout the cancer care continuum. Many nurses are already aiding their patients in cancer prehabilitation through education. By describing common impairments amenable to multimodal prehabilitation, nurses may better advocate for their patients and can become even more involved in this aspect of care.
  • Cancer Prehabilitation in Practice: the Current Evidence

    Coderre, Danielle; Brahmbhatt, Priya; Hunter, Tracey Louise; Baima, Jennifer (2022-07-05)
    Purpose of Review This article serves to describe recent controversies in cancer prehabilitation including efficacy, dose, cost effectiveness, stakeholder input, and international implementation. Recent Findings Appropriate frequency, type, and timing have yet to be determined, but high intensity exercise is recommended. Costs are favorable when modeled and information on costs of real-world application are forthcoming. Patients are interested in and willing to attend cancer prehabilitation. Cancer prehabilitation research is spreading throughout the world. Summary Cancer prehabilitation includes assessment of a newly diagnosed cancer patient’s baseline fitness and targeted interventions to improve their health before surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Cancer prehabilitation improves fitness as measured preoperatively and improves outcomes postoperatively.
  • Patient-Specific E-mailed Discharge Instructions Improve Patient Satisfaction and Patient Understanding After Surgical Arthroscopy

    Santoro, Adam J; Ford, Elizabeth A; Pontes, Manuel; Busconi, Brian D; McMillan, Sean (2022-06-11)
    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether patient-specific e-mails after surgical arthroscopy improve patient satisfaction and patient understanding of their procedure compared to traditional, preprinted discharge instructions. Methods: Sixty patients who underwent surgical arthroscopy were prospectively, randomized into two separate groups. One cohort received a detailed e-mail of their procedure, discharge instructions, and labeled intraoperative arthroscopic images, while the second cohort received the standard preprinted instructions, while their arthroscopic images were discussed at the time of follow-up. The procedures were performed by a single surgeon. All patients were seen at 1-week follow-up and given a 14-question survey specific to their postoperative course, discharge instructions, and overall satisfaction using a 5-point Likert Scale. Demographic information was collected and data points comparing overall patient satisfaction, ease of understanding instructions, quality of information, and the number of times referenced were analyzed using nonparametric tests between the two cohorts. Results: Patients in the e-mail cohort were significantly more satisfied with their surgery than patients in the printed cohort (medians: 5 versus 4, Wilcoxon chi-square = 9.98; P =.002). Patients in the e-mail cohort indicated that their instructions more greatly enhanced their overall understanding of their surgery (medians: 5 vs 3, Wilcoxon chi-square = 10.84; P = .001) and were more helpful to their recovery (medians: 5 vs 3, Wilcoxon chi-square = 7.37; P = .007). E-mail patients were significantly more likely to recommend similar instructions be sent to a friend undergoing surgery (medians: 5 versus 3, Wilcoxon chi-square = 11.10; P < .001) and share their instructions with others 72% (18/25) versus 34.5% (10/29). There was no significant difference between the e-mail cohort and the print cohort for the number of times patients referred to their instructions (medians: 3 versus 3, Wilcoxon chi-square = 2.41; P =.121). Conclusions: Patient-specific e-mailed discharge instructions improve patient satisfaction and overall understanding of the procedure compared with traditional printed discharge instructions after surgical arthroscopy. Level of evidence: Level II, prospective randomized trial.
  • Do Patient Outcomes Vary by Patient Age Following Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty?

    Ayers, David C; Yousef, Mohamed; Zheng, Hua; Yang, Wenyun; Franklin, Patricia D (2022-05-31)
    Background: Multiple authors have sought to determine what patient characteristics influence outcome after total hip arthroplasty (THA). Age has shown no effect on outcome in some evaluations, while others have reported higher functional improvement in younger patients. The aim of this study was to determine if outcome after THA varies based on patient age. Methods: A prospective, multicenter cohort of 7,934 unilateral primary THA patients from the FORCE-TJR comparative effectiveness consortium was evaluated. Demographic data, comorbid conditions, and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures, including (HOOS), HOOS-12, HOOS JR, and SF-36 (PCS) and (MCS), were collected preop and at 1-year postop. Descriptive statistics were generated, stratified by age (<55 years [younger adult], 55-64 years [older adult], 65-74 years [early elder], and ≥75 years [late elder]), and differences in pain, function, and quality of life among the 4 age groups were evaluated. A multivariate regression model with 95% confidence interval (CI) was used to assess the role of patient age as a predictive factor for HOOS pain and function scores reported 1 year after primary THA. Results: Prior to surgery, younger patients (<55 years) reported worse pain, function, and quality of life than the other 3 patient groups. At 1 year after THA, younger patients (<55 years) reported slightly worse pain and quality of life but better function scores than the 3 older patients' groups. Younger patients (<55 years) achieved higher baseline to 1-year pain, and function score changes when compared to the older patients' groups. The quality of life score changes was not different among the 4 age groups. The differences in 1-year postop scores (ranging from 2.74 to 8.46) and the magnitude of score changes from baseline to 1 year (ranging from 1.9 to 5.85), although statistically significant (P < .001), did not reach the minimal clinically important difference (MCID). The multivariate regression analysis shows that age is a significant predictor for pain at 1 year but not for function. Although HOOS pain score is predicted to be higher by 4.38 points (less pain) 1 year after THA in older patients (≥75), when compared to younger patients (<55 years), again the difference is well below the MCID and is clinically insignificant. Conclusion: Although there are statistically significant differences in pain relief, functional improvement, and quality of life between younger and older patients among different patients' age groups, there is no clinically significant difference. THA provides an improvement in quality of life by decreasing pain and increasing function in all 4 age groups, with large improvements in Patient-Reported Outcome Measures scores (>2 standard deviations) without clinically significant age-related differences in THA outcome at 1 year.
  • The direct posterior gluteal muscle splitting approach for posterior access to acetabular fractures: Surgical technique and case series

    Huebner, Kyla; McTague, Michael F; Allen, Elizabeth; Diwan, Amna; Smith, Raymond Malcolm (2022-05-20)
    We present a minimally invasive direct posterior, gluteal muscle splitting approach (PMS) as an alternative to the traditional Kocher-Langenbeck (KL) approach for posterior access to acetabular fractures. We believe it offers significant advantages and provides improved access while maximizing the range of fracture patterns that can be addressed through a posterior approach. One hundred and eighty-four consecutive patients treated with this approach by the senior author (RMS) between 2001 and 2018 were reviewed. The most common individual fracture pattern addressed was a posterior wall (66/36%) but more complex combination fracture types were the dominant group (106/58%), and included transverse with posterior wall, posterior wall / posterior column, and T types. A radiographically congruent reduction was consistently obtained at surgery, without any operative sciatic nerve palsies and a comparable heterotopic bone formation rate to previous reports. We have reviewed all 120 patients who were followed beyond 6 months and noted the hip replacement conversion rates to be different with each fracture type. The rate was highest with Transverse/ posterior wall injuries (36%), 16% of the posterior wall injuries were converted, a history of dislocation was not specifically associated with conversion. We believe this approach improves the posterior access to the acetabulum, but this study also confirms the poor prognosis of specific groups of higher energy multi-fragmentary, posterior acetabular injuries and suggests the need for a classification system that better predicts the prognosis for the hip joint. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 4.
  • Morbidity and mortality of fragility proximal humerus fractures: a retrospective cohort study of patients presenting to a level one trauma center

    Curtin, Patrick B; Hall, Robert R; Molla, Vadim G; Lansbury, Jenna N; O'Connor, Edward P; Aaron, Daniel L (2022-04-21)
    Purpose: Fragility fractures are a significant source of morbidity and have high associated mortality. Identifying risk factors for poor outcomes is essential for guiding treatment and for setting expectations for patients and their families. Although fragility hip fractures have been abundantly explored, there is a paucity of information regarding proximal humerus fractures (PHFs). Methods: We retrospectively review the electronic medical records of 379 patients who presented to a level 1 trauma center with a PHF secondary to a fall. Patient demographics, handedness, comorbidities, treatment, imaging data, follow-up data, and death date (if applicable) were recorded. Results: Our cohort consisted of 279 females and 100 males with an average age of 71.4 years. Distribution of injuries was 178 left, 141 right, and 7 bilateral. Compared with handedness, 179 were ipsilateral, 141 were contralateral, and 59 were unknown. A total of 81.3% of injuries were treated nonoperatively, whereas 18.7% were managed surgically. One-year mortality was 17.4%, and 2-year mortality was 24.0%.Males demonstrated a 2.28 increased risk of 1-year mortality (P = .004). Patients who died within 1 year of fracture had significantly higher Charlson comorbidity index scores (P < .0001) and age (P = .0003). Risk of death was significantly lower in patients who underwent surgery compared with those who were treated nonoperatively (P = .01). Patients who used an assist device before fracture had 4.2 increased risk of 1-year mortality (P < .0001). Patients who presented from nursing homes or assisted living had a 2.1 increased risk of 1-year mortality (P = .02). Patients with severe liver disease had a 5.5 increased risk of 1-year mortality (P < .0001), and those with metastatic cancer had a 13.7 increased risk of 1-year mortality (P < .0001). Bilateral fractures, side of injury in relation to handedness, rehospitalization, Neer classification, and PCP follow-up within 30 days were not associated with increased mortality. Conclusions: Increased understanding risk factors for mortality after PHF will allow for more informed patient discussions regarding treatment outcomes and risk of death. Our data suggest that mortality at 1 year for fragility PHF is universally high regardless of risk factors. This risk is increased in patients who are older, functionally limited, or who have medical comorbidities. Our data demonstrate the importance of medical optimization of patients with a fragility PHF and underscore the importance of fall prevention in high-risk patients.
  • The Prevalence and Predictors of Patient Dissatisfaction 5-years Following Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty

    Ayers, David C; Yousef, Mohamed; Zheng, Hua; Yang, Wenyun; Franklin, Patricia D (2022-02-26)
    Background: Previous studies have evaluated patient dissatisfaction after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) at 1 year, but there is no data about the prevalence of dissatisfaction among TKA patients after prolonged follow-up. The purpose of this study is to determine patient dissatisfaction 5-years after TKA and to identify patient factors predictive of dissatisfaction. Methods: Demographic and clinical data on 4402 patients undergoing primary unilateral TKA between 2012 and 2015 were collected prospectively through the Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR) comparative effectiveness consortium including diverse community and academic practices distributed across 23 states in the United States. Data collected at 1 year preoperatively and 5 years postoperatively included patient satisfaction (using a 5-point Likert satisfaction scale) and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) including the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) and Short-Form health survey (36-item). A univariate analysis of the difference between the satisfied and dissatisfied patients' groups was performed. A multivariate logistic regression model with 95% confidence interval (CI) was used to identify independent predictors of dissatisfaction at 5 years. The regression model was performed after adjusting the following variables: age, gender, body mass index (BMI), Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI), marital status, smoking, education, and insurance type. The Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed with the measurement of area under curve (AUC). Hosmer-Lemeshow goodness of fit test was performed to evaluate the validity of the model. Results: A total of 12.7% patients (559/4402) reported dissatisfaction 5-years after TKA. Increased BMI, higher CCI, higher Oswestry disability index, and increased number of other painful lower extremities (LE) joints were significantly associated with dissatisfaction. Higher rates of dissatisfaction were present in young patients, patients with less education, and non-White patients. Patient dissatisfaction was significantly associated with poor preoperative and 5-year postoperative PROMs scores and less score improvement from baseline to 5 years (P < .001). The multivariate regression analysis showed that an increased number of other painful LE joints (OR = 1.81; 95% CI (1.14-2.88) (P = .01), increased Oswestry back disability index (OR = 1.40; 95% CI (1.07-1.82) (P = .01), non-White patients (OR = 1.74; 95% CI (1.26-2.40) (P = .001), and minimal preoperative functional disability with KOOS function in daily living (ADL) score ≥70 (OR = 0.64; 95% CI (0.43-0.95) (P = .02) were independent predictive factors for dissatisfaction at 5 years. Conclusion: A total of 12.7% patients reported dissatisfaction 5-years after TKA. Clinical profiles of the satisfied and dissatisfied patients were captured 5-years after TKA with differences in the preoperative demographic and clinical characteristic variables identified. Risk factors for long-term patient dissatisfaction after TKA have been identified and should be considered during shared decision making while planning for TKA. Surgeons should use these identified risk factors to set realistic expectations for patients at an increased risk for dissatisfaction aiming to optimize their outcomes and increase their long-term satisfaction after TKA.
  • S184: preoperative sarcopenia is associated with worse short-term outcomes following transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) for rectal cancer

    Springer, Jeremy E.; Beauharnais, Catherine; Chicarilli, Derek; Coderre, Danielle; Crawford, Allison; Baima, Jennifer A.; McIntosh, Lacey J.; Davids, Jennifer S.; Sturrock, Paul R.; Maykel, Justin A.; et al. (2022-01-06)
    INTRODUCTION: Malnutrition and deconditioning impact postoperative morbidity and mortality. Computed tomography (CT) body composition variables are used as markers of nutritional status and sarcopenia. The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of sarcopenia, using CT variables, on postoperative outcomes following transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) for rectal cancer. METHODS: This was an institutional retrospective cohort analysis of consecutive rectal cancer patients who underwent TaTME between April 2014 and May 2020. Psoas muscle index (PMI) was calculated from diagnostic CT scans. Based on previous studies, patients in the lowest PMI tertile by gender were considered sarcopenic. Fisher's exact and Mann-Whitney U test were used to compare categorical and continuous variables, respectively. Readmission rates and postoperative complications were compared between groups. Backward stepwise logistic regression was used to determine the association between sarcopenia and 30-day postoperative complications. RESULTS: 85 patients were analyzed, of which 63% were male, with a median age of 59 (IQR: 51-65), and median BMI of 28 (IQR: 24-32). Of the entire cohort, 34% (n = 29) were sarcopenic (median PMI 5.39 IQR: 4.49-6.71). No significant difference in baseline characteristics between sarcopenic and nonsarcopenic patients were observed. 55% of sarcopenic patients experienced a complication within 30 days compared to 24% of nonsarcopenic patients (p = 0.01). 41% of sarcopenic patients required hospital readmission within 30 days compared to 17% of their nonsarcopenic counterparts (p = 0.014). Sarcopenic patients also experienced significantly higher rates of post-operative small bowel obstruction (10% vs. 0%, p = 0.04). Multivariable analyses identified that sarcopenic patients have a fourfold increase in odds of experiencing a 30-day postoperative complication (OR: 4.44, 95%CI: 1.6-12.4, p < 0.05) after adjusting for gender. CONCLUSION: Preoperative sarcopenia is associated with increased 30-day postoperative complications following TaTME for rectal cancer. Postoperative complications can have serious oncologic implications by delaying adjuvant chemotherapy. Therefore, preoperative recognition of sarcopenia prior to undergoing TaTME for rectal cancer may provide an opportunity for early intervention with prehabilitation programs.

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