Practice Response to COVID Pandemic

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our typical practice of orthopaedic surgery. This survey is to understand your practice's response to the pandemic and its impact on sports medicine surgery. The following are a series of questions regarding your practice, response to current crisis, and on telehealth.

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Orthopaedic Surgeons Perspectives on Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) based Products

The purpose of this survey is to address the opinion of surgeons on the potential use of CBD and THC products in orthopaedic sports medicine. More specifically, we would like to investigate whether surgeons are familiar with these products, if they support their use for the managements of musculoskeletal problems, and if their patients are currently using them. We would like to explore if surgeons would like to be “better informed” about cannabinoid based products and their potential use in sports medicine. Finally, we would like to get the opinion of the surgeons regarding the potential of these products to help fight against opioid abuse.
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Opioid Prescribing Habits for Orthopaedic Surgeons

The purpose of this survey is to determine patterns of opioid prescription amongst orthopedic providers. Specifically, our investigation aims to identify the strength, amount, frequency, and timing of opioid medication prescribed by orthopedic providers for commonly performed surgeries. Furthermore, we hope to identify patient and provider characteristics that influence prescription decisions and to gather information regarding how orthopaedic surgeons come to their decisions. We hope that our findings can help make providers more aware of current practices amongst colleagues in order to shape future decisions and guidelines regarding opioid prescribing practices.


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Return to Play Decision Making following Shoulder Stabilization 

The purpose of this brief survey is to evaluate surgeon's criteria for decision making in allowing an athlete to return-to-play. As there are currently scant evidenced based criteria in the literature, we are hoping we can identify criteria from surgeons treating this pathology. Our goal is to then evaluate these criteria with clinical testing.

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Ankle Syndesmotic Injury Fixation Survey

Ankle fractures with syndesmotic injuries are one of the most commonly surgically treated injuries in orthopaedic surgery. Multiple methods of fixation exist to repair syndesmotic disruption. Numerous biomechanical and clinical studies have examined these methods in the past decade. The purpose of this survey is to examine the trends and preferences of sports surgeons in syndesmotic fixation.

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Assessing Current Clinical Approaches to Challenging Tibial Stress Fractures

The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the current clinical approaches and the timeline of when to intervene for challenging presentations of tibial stress fractures.  Based on demographic information gathered, we hope to assess whether there are regional variations in treatment choices and whether years of training or gender of clinician has an impact on the treatment chosen.

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Hip Arthroscopy Pain Management

As a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), you are being invited by Dr. Jorge Chahla and Dr. Shane Nho at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, to complete the following survey regarding your current pain management practices for patients undergoing hip arthroscopy. There is currently significant variability in the literature and in clinical practice, and we are interested in both describing the range of practices, as well as understanding what has influenced these treatment decisions. We are conducting this survey of hip arthroscopists regarding current perioperative analgesia practices, with the goal of eventually establishing an expert consensus. We thank you in advance for your time and participation. Please feel to contact us with any questions: Chahla.research@rushortho.com

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Telemedicine in Orthopaedic Surgery

Telemedicine (which we define as a face to face video visit) is playing an increasing role in the care we provide our patients and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we deliver care to our patients overnight. The purpose of this survey is to determine if and how telemedicine is being used in the orthopaedic community. Furthermore, we would like to determine how satisfied you are with the use of this technology and your thoughts on how it will shape your practice going forward.

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Survey of Charges and Techniques for Regenerative Medicine Procedure

This broad survey includes a variety of regenerative medicine procedures/techniques across a variety of specialties. Prior studies do not do a sufficient job of clarifying what is meant by the term “stem cells.” The goal of this survey is to clearly identify what procedures are being done and collect a variety of data associated with each procedure. We hope that this information will enlighten the medical community as well as inform our patients. Future studies may include examining outcomes related to cost, and value of procedures based on price.

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You Have Torn Your ACL! Orthopedic Sports Surgeon Preferences for Their OWN ACL Tear

Graft choice in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is a topic of ongoing debate among expert surgeons. In addition, evolving augments to intra-articular reconstruction include lateral soft tissue reconstructions such as extra-articular tenodesis or anterolateral ligament reconstruction, biological augments such as platelet rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate, and suture placement alongside the intra-articular graft as a backup check rein such as the internal brace. Prior studies have attempted to understand surgeon preferences for their patients, however, we are not aware of any information about what surgeons would choose for the treatment of their OWN knee. Secondary measures we will also record and compare include age/sex, geographic location, number of ACLs performed per year, rank of graft preferences for subject patients, use of biologic and/or structural augments.
Please direct questions to shybut@bcm.edu

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Current State of Orthopaedic Literature

Over the past several years and decades the orthopedic community has seen a dramatic rise in the quantity of published literature across all subspecialties. Unfortunately, we believe that the quality of said literature has subsequently fallen as a result. A large number or studies have significant limitations, underlying bias, or methodological shortcomings which make deriving meaningful conclusions difficult. This survey aims to gain a cross sectional opinion of the orthopedic community.

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Current Trends in Hip Arthroscopy Capsule Management

As we become more adept at treating the pathology of the hip through arthoscopic techniques, our treatment of the hip capsule has evolved. Entering and exiting the hip joint has become a balance between obtaining necessary visualization and preventing iatrogenic instability of the hip capsule. The purpose of this survey is to gain an understanding of the current trends in capsule management used by hip arthroscopists, and to better understand the decision making behind surgeons’ preferred capsular management during hip arthroscopy.

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