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Date: Mar 15, 2017

The MUSC Health shoulder and elbow team is constantly working to provide the best orthopaedic care for our community by staying up to date on the current research and leading the field with their own studies right here in Charleston,  SC. This week the team is traveling to San Diego, California for the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to both learn and teach about the future of orthopaedic care. One area of research we are actively studying is shoulder replacement surgery as treatment for individuals with debilitating shoulder arthritis pain.

AAOS logoShoulder surgeon Dr. Richard Friedman presented a study of 238 patients to help determine the optimal design for a total shoulder replacement. In a total shoulder replacement, the socket of the “ball and socket” shoulder joint is replaced with an artificial new surface. Friedman et al. analyzed patient outcomes to conclude that a hybrid cage glenoid component results in fewer radiolucent lines and less intra-operative blood loss than the traditional cemented glenoids. Fewer radiolucent lines and less blood loss means better bone fixation and improved longevity of the shoulder replacement.

Your shoulder and elbow team prides itself on being at the forefront of orthopaedic research, as this study is just one of the many presented at the AAOS. Our number one priority is providing the best care for the greater Charleston community, so if you or a loved one has a shoulder or elbow concern be sure to make an appointment with a member of the team.

In honor of Kidney Health Month, MUSC Health and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are working together to increase kidney health awareness throughout South Carolina. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure – two major kidney disease risk factors – kidney disease is on the rise. South Carolina ranks among the highest for those being treated for kidney failure and awaiting lifesaving transplants.

Quick Kidney Facts:

  • One in three American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease today.
  • 26 million Americans have kidney disease –– and most don't know it.
  • High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease.
  • Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States.

Kidney Health Awareness Event Calendar:

World Kidney Day – Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • Wear orange to show your support of Kidney Health Awareness!
  • The NKF will be hosting an information table and kidney screenings at the S.C. Statehouse

Kidney Walks

More than 100 Kidney Walks take place across the U.S. each year, at­tracting over 125,000 walkers, 6,000 teams and raising over eight million dollars to sup­port NKF's early detection, awareness, and education programs. MUSC is supporting all South Carolina walks and encourages participation from our patients, staff and surrounding communities. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.

Charleston Kidney Walk
Sunday, March 12, 2017
More information about the Charleston Kidney Walk

Columbia Kidney Walk
Sunday, March 26, 2017
More information about the Columbia Kidney Walk

Greenville Kidney Walk
Sunday, April 22, 2017
More information about the Greenville Kidney Walk


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