Are opioids used for patients with back pain in Japan?

The other day, I had the opportunity to sit down with Taro Minato, MD who is an orthopedic surgeon in Yokohama, Japan. His areas of specialty are the upper extremities (shoulder, elbow, hand). 382 more words

Back Pain

Is Your Orthopedic Service Line Positioned to Assume Risk for Joint Replacement Surgery?

Is your hospital prepared to bear financial risk among your Medicare patient population for total joint replacement (TJR) surgery?  Last week CMS proposed a Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) model, scheduled to begin as early as next year. 519 more words

Healthcare Reform


We think of the foot as a simple thing but it actually comprises one fourth of all the bones of the body, with 26 overall. Although some stability comes from the arch structure (the Roman arches did not require mortar) most of the stability of the foot is ligamentous. 284 more words

Orthopedic Surgery

Day 5: Orthopedic Surgery

Today is my last day in Orthopedic Surgery but also my last day at Taipei Hospital for our summer internship!

I observed Dr. Chuang in the OR for a pin removal that was used to stabilize a clavicle fracture. 408 more words

Wendy Zhou

Day 5: LAST DAY! :-( Orthopedic Surgery Recap - SC

On our last day, we had 3 different lectures, one in the morning meeting and two in the afternoon. The one in the morning was more for the rest of the doctors, presenting their cases and looking at xrays of their surgeries to see if their implants were placed correctly. 686 more words

Stanley Cheng

Day 4: Knees and Carpal Tunnel - SC

Intra-articular Injections

From last week’s total knee replacement comes other knee pain management. “Knees are joints that have the worst design,” says fellow Student Doctor Patrick Hsu. 488 more words

Stanley Cheng

Day 4: Orthopedic Surgery

Today’s shedule consisted of observing surgeries in the morning followed by outpatient appointments in the afternoon. During outpatient, we saw many patients with low back pain. 397 more words

Wendy Zhou