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My Own Joint Replacement Was a Reality Check!

Aug 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Undergoing the Same Surgery He Performs Informed a Joint Surgeon's Practice

This blog concludes a two-part interview series on the personal experience of Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, who underwent total knee arthroplasty. Both interviews originally appeared in AAOS Now (July and August 2019 issues, respectively) and were conducted by Meredith L. Grogan Moore, BS. The first blog posted on July 24 and the final blog is below.

The first installment in this series charted the story of how renowned joint replacement surgeon Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, discovered his own need for total knee arthroplasty, his reaction to the news, and his input on his treatment course. In part two, Dr. Bozic discusses the recovery process, the impact of the experience on the care of his own patients, the relevance of patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs), and what other providers can glean from this insider experience.

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Topics: Patient-Reported Outcomes, Patient Education

New AJRR Patient-Facing Interim Report Available!

Jul 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Use This Resource (and Others) to Inform Your Orthopaedic Patients


Creating an informed patient requires reliable, unbiased, and user-friendly joint and bone health resources throughout the patient engagement process. One of the newest American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) patient offerings is the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Patient-Facing Interim Report. It joins an array of other AAOS patient education resources including the popular OrthoInfo website (over 3 million visits monthly) and the AAOS Registry Program Blog featuring orthopaedic patient stories from guest bloggers. Each of these offerings add a unique perspective to maintaining bone health, treatment options, and expected outcomes. All three resources (plus more) are detailed below and available to your patients.

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Topics: Patient Education

As a Joint Surgeon, I Was Told I Needed a TKA

Jul 24, 2019 4:37:26 PM

How Impending Knee Replacement Surgery Took One Arthroplasty Surgeon by Surprise

Fig. 1 Three preoperative radiographic views from Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, of the right knee showing severe medical joint space narrowing and patellofemoral osteoarthritis.

COURTESY OF KEVIN J. BOZIC, MD, MBA

 

This blog is the first of a two-part series that originally appeared in AAOS Now (July 2019). It shares an interview with Dr. Kevin J. Bozic, MBA, about his own experience with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and how his decision process and treatment affected him as a patient. In August, our blog will share the second part of the interview which explores, not only his own post-operative patient journey, but how the role reversal from physician-to-patient influenced his interaction with the surgical patients he treats today. The interviews were conducted by Meredith L. Grogan Moore, BS*.

Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, is a renowned joint replacement surgeon in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, he trained in adult reconstructive surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Widely published across orthopaedic and health services journals, he is a pioneer in value-based health care. He is also chair of the Steering Committee for the American Joint Replacement Registry. A few years ago, Dr. Bozic found himself on a path to reconstructive surgery of his own knee. From the outset, unique considerations emerged. His preoperative physician-turned-patient experience is illuminating.

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Topics: Patient-Reported Outcomes, Patient Education

In My Own Words: A Patient's Experience with PRO Survey Participation

Apr 17, 2019 12:00:00 PM

A Guest Blog by Richard Seiden

As a patient who has undergone multiple joint replacement surgeries (hip, knee, shoulder), I have learned a few things from my experience. Sharing what I’ve learned and making a difference in patient outcomes is important to me, but how? I’m a patient, not a doctor.

I have come to realize that I can play a meaningful role in improving care for future surgery patients, including myself, by doing what my doctor asks of me, and that includes participating in the patient-reported outcome (PRO) surveys. The surveys are offered by health care provider sites participating in a clinical data registry. Sites can include hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), or physician offices. I simply answer a few questions prior to and after my surgery. This enables my surgeon and clinical team to monitor my self-reported recovery, my pain levels, and my return to daily activities. Through my participation, I am also providing direct personal input into a larger quality improvement effort. The aggregated data from those efforts can, over time, improve the processes, protocols, device selection, and recovery techniques available to other patients in the future. Sharing my recovery and related levels of satisfaction, also educates surgeons and clinicians regarding best practices in patient care. Here is how we, as patients, can assist.

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Topics: Patient Education

Guest Blog: My Knee Pain Began a Decade Ago While Playing Tennis

Jan 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

A patient-reported outcomes program can help you choose the right surgeon and facility.

 

In this article, the AAOS Registry Program’s Public Advisory Board (PAB) member Timothy Mojonnier shares his personal experience as a joint replacement surgery patient. This article is not a substitute for physician recommendations.

Guest Blogger:
Timothy M. Mojonnier
President, Mojonnier & Associates
Educator, Loyola University

My symptoms appeared ten years ago while playing tennis. As I moved towards the net, I felt a stabbing pain in my right knee, so severe that I could barely walk. Upon returning home and getting x-rays, my orthopaedic specialist delivered the news: I had osteoarthritis. She indicated it was likely that I would eventually require a knee replacement; however, for eight years I was able to avoid the surgeon’s scalpel through a combination of physical therapy and medication.

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Topics: Patient Education

Guest Blog: A Patient Perspective on Joint Replacement Surgery

Dec 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

What to Expect - And Helpful Advice

Guest Blogger:
Richard F. Seiden, Esq.

In this article, the AAOS Registry Program’s Public Advisory Board (PAB) member Richard Seiden shares his personal experience as a joint replacement surgery patient (he’s had hip replacements, knee replacements, and shoulder replacements). Mr. Seiden offers patients with joint issues helpful advice to better prepare for dealing with pre-, day-of-, and post-surgical needs. This article is not a substitute for physician recommendations.

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Topics: Patient Education

Public Advisory Board Charter Expands From AJRR to AAOS Registry Program

Oct 3, 2018 12:03:40 PM

The mission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program is to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. The Program's vision goes beyond hips and knees to include additional anatomic registries. Beginning with the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the AAOS Registry Program is managed by AAOS as a multi-stakeholder participation model. Stakeholders include representatives from the orthopaedic surgeon community, device manufacturers, hospitals, private payers, and the public. The AAOS Registry Program will continue AJRR public advisory best practices that help enhance the value of registries by ensuring a public voice in data collection, reporting, and utilization activities.

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Topics: Patient Education

AJRR Public Advisory Board Is the Voice of the Patient

May 30, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

The voice of the patient is evident in the efforts of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) largely because of contributions from the Public Advisory Board (PAB). The mission of the PAB is to improve the value of AJRR by even more effectively ensuring a public voice in the Registry's hip and knee replacement data collection, reporting, and utilization activities. Each year, PAB members play an important role in compiling a Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements. The Report's registry-driven, evidence-based content is invaluable in answering the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from patients and their families. Well-informed patients, with current information, will seek better care and gain better outcomes.


This week's blog focuses on the Report to the Public's answers to patients' FAQs. As a complement to the Report, the blog also features Richard Seiden's account of his personal joint replacement experience and the general patient advice he is sharing through an article he recently authored. He has been a PAB member since
2016.

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Topics: Patient Education

Educate Patients Using These Outstanding Joint and Bone Health Resources

Feb 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Last month we presented a blog series entitled How to Build a Patient-Reported Outcomes Program (PRO) for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Reporting patient outcomes occurs in the final phases of a long treatment and rehabilitation process. Smart patient and clinical decision making beforehand will increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. To maximize the benefit of medical information exchange between patients and their health care providers, patient education is critical. Not all proactive patient education occurs in the doctor's office, so how can you help?

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Topics: Patient Education

A Message for Our Readers

This blog was created by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program as part of our commitment to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. Our purpose is to communicate with others in the orthopaedic field who share the same commitment. Watch for weekly news alerts, quick tips, actionable checklists, best practices, and research findings posted to this blog. Whether you are a participating site in one or more AAOS Registry or thinking about joining the Registry Program, this blog will provide current and ongoing Registry updates and decision support.

The more interactive you are, the greater the value shared. Visit us at www.aaos.org/registries or speak with a Registry Engagement Associate at 847-292-0530.

 

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