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  • Rush Study: Aspirin, Rivaroxaban, Warfarin Equal in VTE Prevention

    New research from the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago set out to compare aspirin, rivaroxaban, and warfarin in preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) after primary total joint arthroplasty (TJA). The work, presented at the recent meeting of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, was a retrospective review of 1,361 patients who underwent primary total hip or knee arthroplasty at Rush.

    According to the presentation, a total of 500 patients (36.7%) received aspirin, 460 (33.8%) received rivaroxaban, and 401 (29.4%) received warfarin. Patients were excluded if they underwent bilateral TJA, had incomplete data, or received other anticoagulants. Patients receiving rivaroxaban demonstrated higher estimated blood loss intraoperatively and greater transfusion rates (2+ units) during the perioperative period. The patients who received aspirin experienced lower procedural times and shorter postoperative length of stay than those in the rivaroxaban or warfarin groups

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    A research team including Dr. Brett R Levine, a joint replacement specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, recently presented a study to compare patient-reported outcomes and complications in patients with cemented and cementless techniques at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    The scientists utilized data on 70 cementless knees and cemented controls matched on age, body mass index, medical comorbidities, and implant design. According to their presentation, the authors found a 30% total complication rate in the cementless fixation group and 7% in the cemented fixation group.

    According to Dr. Levine, “Cementless knee technology has improved but currently still seems inferior to cemented techniques. We didn’t think there would be such a difference in the number of revisions for cementless knees as we found. In this series the cemented knees had no revisions; in the cementless knees there were seven revisions for loosening and three others for issues not related to cementless knees.”

    For the full Orthopedics This Week article and complete list of researchers, click here.

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  • Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush physician Dr. Brett Levine Discusses Pilates for Rehab

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  • Dr. Brett Levine talks about Hip Replacement

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  • Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next 2014

    The overall mission for the Generation Next leadership group includes a variety of important goals. Orthopedics Today, in conjunction with the selection committee, will continue to recognize promising young surgeons and their accomplishments.

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  • U.S. News & World Report names Hospital for Special Surgery as top orthopedic hospital

    The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the top-ranked hospital for orthopedic medicine in the country.

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  • Dr. Levine selected into the Joint Reconstruction "Generation Next."

    DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction recognizes next …

    Orthopedics, March 21, 2013

    Orthopedics Today and DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction recognized promising surgeons in the field of total joint replacement yesterday here at the American Academy of Orthopaedic.

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  • Dr. Levine Talks about Pilates as a Rehab Tool for Knee and Hip Conditions

    Dr. Brett Levine, an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, talks about using Pilates as a rehab tool in this Naperville Sun/Aurora Beacon News story about a young dancer who recently recovered from an ACL injury.

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  • Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties

    After conducting research on 40 patients who use Pilates as a form of rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery, Dr. Brett Levine, orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, has co-authored the book, Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties. Seventy percent of the patients were extremely satisfied with their outcome after using Pilates. Dr. Levine believes Pilates is an excellent form of exercise post-surgically and pre-surgically because it is low-impact and strengthens the core, improves range of motion of joints and studies show it quickens recuperation time after injury.

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  • Dr. Levine Discusses the Future of Joint Reconstruction & Replacement Specialty

    Dr. Brett Levine, hip and knee reconstruction and replacement specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, was recently featured in an interview discussing the future of the hip and knee reconstruction and replacement specialty. Dr. Levine describes all aspects of the specialty from current studies and advancements to the challenges surgeons within the specialty face.

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  • Dr. Levine Coauthors Book on Pilates

    Dr. Brett Levine, hip and knee reconstruction and replacement specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, recently coauthored Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties. The book provides readers with foundational guidelines and protocols for the use of Pilates in increasing strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion for both pre- and postoperative knee and hip patients.

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  • Dr. Levine and Dr. Lin Inducted into American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

    MOR physicians Dr. Brett Levine, joint replacement and reconstruction, and Dr. Johnny Lin, foot and ankle, were inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on March 10, 2010. The inductions took place during ceremonies at the academy’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

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