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Five Common Tests, Procedures Orthopedic Patients Should Question

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has provided its list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” for the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign.

The Choosing Wisely campaign encourages medical organizations from all specialties to submit information about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary or might even cause harm. These lists […]

Orthopedic Surgery Patients Beware: Herbal Supplements Can Interact with Medications Prescribed for Surgery

Patients who are about to undergo surgical procedures, such as a total joint replacement, might neglect to tell their surgeons if they take herbal supplements. Many people think that because these supplements are considered natural or homeopathic they don’t need to mention taking them. But a new review of the literature suggests this is a dangerous misconception. In fact, many herbal remedies, including feverfew, St. John’s Wort, glucosamine and black cohosh, could have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. […]