Orthopaedic Surgery

Department News

$1.8 million NIH grant funds IU researcher’s work on mobile compression device

Jason Watters, MD, a professor in the IU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is partnering with an Indiana medical technology company to test the effectiveness of a mobile compression device in preventing deep vein thrombosis—a risky post-surgery side effect of a knee replacement. A $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will cover the cost of testing the device on some 300 patients in Indianapolis and Boston.

Changing the game: IU-led study shows tourniquet-less knee replacement could signal decrease in opioid use

One small change during an essential part of a common surgical procedure could decrease the number of narcotic painkillers female patients use following an operation, a study conducted by IU School of Medicine researchers revealed.  

By going without a tourniquet during a total knee replacement surgery, doctors can minimize patient pain and cut down on the use of opioids during recovery.

Orthopaedic surgeon taking ‘victory lap’ with Indy fellowship

After Rob Wessel, MD, completed his fifth and final year as an orthopaedic surgery resident, he chose to continue studying in Indianapolis for a few extra months, honing the skills he’ll need to be an excellent surgeon. Wessel accepted a spot in the one-year orthopaedic trauma fellowship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, working under the guidance of the celebrated traumatologists who serve as department faculty.

Kacena Lab participates in 2nd space launch

For the second time in as many years, an IU School of Medicine professor and her team of researchers took their experiment into outer space.

Melissa Kacena, PhD, director of basic and translational research and professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and eight IU School of Medicine learners traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida in July 2019 to complete the second phase of their bone-healing research project, a collaboration with NASA and the U.S. Army.

 

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