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Fall 2014

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common conditions evaluated by physicians, with nearly 4 million patients presenting for carpal tunnel-like symptoms each year. Carpal tunnel release is the traditional treatment for patients with moderate to severe disease. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a less-invasive technique that can allow for faster return to work and a decrease in postoperative pain.

John R. Fowler, MD


The Broad Implications of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a spectrum of abnormalities of the hip joint. Using the Utah Population Database a substantial familia predisposition and genetic component to DDH was identified. 

James W. Roach, MD


Sports Medicine Research: Improving Assessment and Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

The mission of the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory is the prevention of degenerative joint disease by improving diagnostic, repair, and rehabiliation procedures for musculoskeletal injuries using state-of-the-art robotic technology. The laboratory offers research opportunities related to musculoskeletal inkuries with emphasis on soft tissue injuries of the knee and shoulder.

Richard Debski, PhD

Volker Musahl, MD



Winter 2014

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgey focuses on the prevention, diagnsosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Unmatched in the region for research and clinical trials, our team of researchers actively pursue breakthroughs in areas including hip preservation and spinal trauma. 

Hip Preservation ThumbnailHip Preservation Research Update

Hip preservation is one of the most rapidly growing fields in orthopaedic surgery. Vonda Wright, MD, provides a background on the research being conduct by the UPMC hip preservation program, initial study results, and the future of our hip athroscopy research registry.

Vonda Wright, MD


Restore Value Measurement

Value Measurement in Orthopaedic Surgery

In this article, Adolph Yates, MD, discusses value measurements assigned to orthopaedic surgery procedures, specifically hip and knee replacements, as they represent the largest procedural cost set for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Adolph Yates Jr., MD


Restore Thromboembolic

Thromboembolic Chemoprophylaxis in Spinal Trauma Patients Requiring Surgical Stabilzation: Is it Safe?

Joon Y Lee, MD, presents recent research on the use of  chemoprophylaxis in spinal trauma patients and argues in favor of considering chemoprophylaxis for patients who are are higher risk for developing venous thromboembolic events (VTE) and require surigcal stablization. 

Joon Y. Lee, MD


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