Archive of the Category 'Research'

US News & World Report: Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk

US News & World Report recently published an article entitled “Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk”.

The article says, “Surgical patients who report having a penicillin allergy face a 50 percent higher risk for a post-op infection compared to patients who report no drug allergy, new research finds. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital attributed the higher surgical-site infection rate to the use of alternative antibiotics.”

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Home Beats Rehab for Knee, Hip Replacement Recovery

AAHKSThe a recent study by past AAOS President William J. Hozack, MD and colleagues concluded that “patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as, or better than, those who first go to a rehabilitation center.”

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Orthopedics Today: “Direct anterior, posterior approach yielded similar outcomes after THA”

Orthopedics TodayOrthopedics Today recently published an article entitled, “Direct anterior, posterior approach yielded similar outcomes after THA”. The article describes how researchers found no differences in the dislocation rate between the direct anterior vs. posterior approach.

The article says, “Use of the direct anterior approach or posterior approach during total hip arthroplasty resulted in similar short-term outcomes and complications, according to results presented at the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Spring Meeting.”

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Dr. Della Valle’s Study wins the Carl L. Nelson, M.D. Physician in Training Award

Mid-AmericanOrthopaedicAssociationThe Program Committee of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association has selected one of Dr. Della Valle’s recent studies as the winner of the Carl L. Nelson, M.D. Physician in Training Award.

Dr. Della Valle will be speaking about the study at the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting on April 15 in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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Read more at Becker’s Orthopedic Review »

Dr. Della Valle’s Presentation chosen for inclusion in the Best of AAOS

AAOS logoOne of Dr. Della Valle’s recent presentations, entitled “Hypoalbuminemia Predicts Joint Infection, Pneumonia, and Readmission After Total Joint Arthroplasty”, has been chosen by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) for inclusion in their Best of AAOS presentation. The Best of AAOS presentation will take place Friday, March 4, at the AAOS Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

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Dual Mobility Implants for an Unstable Total Hip Arthroplasty

In the abstract from his presentation at International Congress for Join Reconstruction’s Pan Pacific Orthoapedic Congress, Dr. Della Valle shares data showing that dual mobility implants are better than constrained liners for patients who present with dislocation after a total hip arthroplasty.

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Read Orthopaedics Today article on the topic »

Dr. Della Valle recommends three recent journal articles

Dr. Della Valle recommends the following journal articles that have recently been published:

A new study shows hyaluronic acid knee injections no better than placebo – Click here for abstract.

Study suggests super morbidly obese patients have very high risk of complications after knee replacement – Click here for anstract.

Web information on direct anterior hip replacement may not in many cases be accurate – Click here for abstract.

Welcome to the newest member of the Della Valle Practice!

Chloe Therapy Dog

Dr. Della Valle and his wife Justyna’s dog Chloe has been certified as a therapy dog.

Patients who would like the opportunity to visit with Chloe while in the hospital can request a visit by calling us at 708-236-2738. We will do our best to accommodate.

Research has show that the use of therapy dogs has a positive effect on patients’ pain level and satisfaction with hospital stay after total joint replacement. Click here for the abstract of a recent study.

Dr. Della Valle participates in knee replacement study

Dr. Della Valle recently participated in a study that measured patient satisfaction after a total knee replacement vs a partial knee replacement. The study found that patients were more satisfied with partial knee replacements.

Dr. Della Valle writes, “The data are impressive as were the scientific methods to collect them. Given the importance of patient satisfaction to both those undergoing knee replacement as well as their surgeons, it is a further compelling reason to consider partial knee replacement in patients who are candidates for the procedure.”

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Dr. Della Valle receives two prestigious awards at AAOS Annual Meeting

Craig Della ValleDr. Della Valle received two awards at this year’s AAOS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Della Valle and Mr. Paul Yi were given The Hip Society Stinchfield Award and Dr. Della Valle and Mr. Matt Tetreault were given The Knee Society Ranawat Award for outstanding contributions to orthopedic research.

For the Stinchfield Award, Dr. Della Valle and Yi researched the diagnosis of infection following hip replacement surgery. They submitted a paper entitled, “Diagnosis of Periprosthetic Joint Infection in the Early Post-Operative Period Following Total Hip Arthroplasty”.

For the Ranawat Award, Della Valle’s submission was entitled, “Should Prophylactic Antibiotics Be Withheld Prior to Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty to Obtain Appropriate Cultures?” Dr. Della Valle and Mr.Tetreault, along with colleagues at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, researched the effects of antibiotics when given to a patient before his or her hip or knee revision procedure.

In addition to these awards, Dr. Della Valle and his associates presented 11 additional scientific presentations and one scientific exhibit. The exhibit was acknowledged as one of the twenty best of the 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting.