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Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Surgery Physician Update e-Edition
February 2013
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Considerations for selecting a graft for ACL reconstruction

Data show roughly equivalent clinical outcomes for various graft types used in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, yet graft selection remains controversial. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons agree that the key variable is surgeon expertise and experience because it guides decision-making.

Improving diagnostic certainty of SLAP lesions

There is a risk of surgical overtreatment of patients with shoulder pain symptoms suggestive of a superior labrum anterior and posterior lesion. This risk can be reduced by identifying causal factors and performing a meticulous initial clinical exam to achieve the correct diagnosis.

'Heads Up, Don't Duck' is No. 1 safety tip to protect young hockey players

Training young hockey players not to duck their heads when colliding is one key to a safe career, according to USA Hockey and Mayo Clinic. To minimize risk, players should keep their heads up.


Improving wrist mobility through biomechanics research
Applying engineering design principles to the biomechanical research of body motion advances the understanding of wrist injury, chronic wrist pain and other joint problems. By extending their findings, Mayo Clinic orthopedic researchers are making discoveries about arthritis, scoliosis and myofascial pain.

Study of pediatric off-road vehicle injuries shows ATV most dangerous
With the increasing popularity of off-road vehicle sports comes increased risk of injury. A study shows children younger than 16 years are most prone to injury from motocross and all-terrain vehicle use and ATV use disproportionately affects children.

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Shoulder Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty and Fractures
April 26-27, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
Intended for orthopedic surgeons specializing in shoulders, this advanced course relies on lectures, discussions, cadaver lab and video demonstrations to teach principles and latest techniques in arthroscopy and arthroplasty. Specific pathologies addressed include rotator cuff tears, SLAP lesions, instability, arthritis and fractures.

Disorders of the Wrist
May 23-26, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
This course, designed for orthopedic and plastic surgeons with a significant hand practice, covers topics in bony and soft tissue trauma, degenerative disease and inflammatory arthritis. A review of normal wrist anatomy and mechanics includes examination maneuvers, imaging modalities and surgical exposures.

See all Orthopedic Surgery Continuous Professional Development courses

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Grand Rounds

New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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