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From the Editor

Stuart J. Fischer, MD
Associate Editor

Welcome to OrthoInfo, the patient information web site of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Our site contains over 600 articles about fractures, sports injuries, joint replacement and other orthopaedic topics written specially for patients and families.

We have the latest orthopaedic news as well as information on safety and prevention. All of our articles are written and peer reviewed by orthopaedic surgeons who are experts in their fields.

We hope you will take a few minutes to browse our site and view our articles, videos, and learning modules.

This month we are pleased to introduce an exciting new feature on OrthoInfo: animations. These short, richly illustrated videos will help patients better understand orthopaedic conditions or upcoming surgeries. Thank you to Visual Health Solutions for allowing OrthoInfo to share these animations with our readers.

We also have expanded upon the wide range of articles we have on patient safety, and included easy-to-follow checklists to help people prepare for orthopaedic surgery.

OrthoInfo is "Your Connection To Expert Orthopaedic Information."

Orthopaedic News
Measuring the Value of Orthopaedics

A Series of Studies Quantifying the Value of Orthopaedic Procedures and Treatments

"Orthopaedic Surgeons: Restoring Mobility and Keeping Our Nation in Motion" brochures

This brochure—featuring orthopaedic patients—addresses basic questions about what orthopaedic surgeons do, who they treat, and why patients should choose an orthopaedic surgeon as a partner in restoring or maintaining their mobility.

Download the full brochure.

Public Service Announcements
Going in for surgery? Don't just lie there.
Stacy Lewis is an expert on metal shafts. After all, she has one in her back.
The four most advanced safety features in the automobile industry.
There are smarter ways to guard against falls.
A Nation in Motion
Are you contemplating orthopaedic surgery
or have already had it?
Visit ANationinMotion.org

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is conducting the national campaign, A Nation in Motion®, to highlight the value of quality orthopaedic care.

Visit the campaign's site to READ successful orthopaedic stories from real patients and orthopaedic surgeons.

Or Share your own!

Featured Topics

The AAOS provides patients with essential information to help them prepare for a safe surgery and smooth recovery.

Too much weight can impact growth, and put kids at risk for early arthritis and broken bones.

Because the knee is a complex joint, it is vulnerable to a variety of injuries. Learn more about the most common knee injuries and their treatments.


NEW! Animations

See all animations courtesy of Visual Health Solutions

Latest Videos

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Interactive Learning Modules
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

One of the major risks facing patients who have major
surgery is a complication called deep vein thrombosis.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a
blood clot within a deep vein. It commonly occurs in
the thigh or calf.

Save Your Knees

Save Your Knees is a website full of information about knees: keeping knees healthy, exercise, common knee problems, and treatments.

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