For generations, a Tommy John injury spelled the end of a pitcher’s career. With the development of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, baseball players could return to throwing at a competitive level. Now most studies show rates for return to sports after Tommy John surgery between 80% and 90% for one year after surgery.
1. Focus on quality metrics. An orthopedics department must not only produce excellent outcomes, but it must also be able to produce tangible evidence of those outcomes. "In today's world, orthopedics departments need to be focused on outcomes and key performance indictors that drive efficiency and cost," says David J. Jacofsky, MD, president and CEO of Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute. Leaders in an orthopedic surgery department should spearhead the effort to benchmark and collect outcomes data that in turn drives the department's patient satisfaction, efficiency and cost savings.
Dr. Geier is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. He also serves as chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Wesley Cox, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, recently performed elbow surgery on professional golfer John Daly, according to a Golf Digest report.
Oakland Regional Hospital in Southfield, Mich., has recently opened the Oakland Regional Orthopaedic & Hand Center. The center includes six exam rooms.
Answorth Allen, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, recently performed knee surgery on the New York Knicks guard and forward J.R. Smith at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, according to a CBS New York report.
Colin M. Kingston, MD, FAAOS, CAQSM, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician with Tidewater Orthopedics. Dr. Kingston serves as the medical director of the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex in Hampton, Va. He earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services in Bethesda, Md., and completed his residency at the Uniformed Services Health Consortium in San Antonio.
Here are three statistics on what male and female orthopedic surgeons earned in 2012, according to the Medscape Orthopedic Compensation Report: 2013.
In 2012, surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery performed more than 8,000 hip and knee replacements. The hospital performed less than 1,000 revision surgeries, but Geoffrey Westrich, MD, research director of adult reconstruction and joint replacement service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, predicts that number will continue to increase.
David Mack, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, practices with North Cypress Sports Medicine Center in Houston. Dr. Mack has served as the center's medical director since its inception. He focuses on reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and the knee. Dr. Mack performs procedures at North Cypress Medical Center, Cy-Fair Surgery Center, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Wortham Surgery Center.