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Release Date: March 22, 2023

Ochsner Journal Cover Spring 2023

A new quarterly column facilitated by Dr. Kevin Conrad debuts in the Spring 2023 issue of Ochsner Journal. In his inaugural Health, Medicine, and Society column, Dr. Conrad addresses the impact of climate change on heath care and suggests some strategies for mitigating the current challenges and preparing for the future.

Orthopedics/sports medicine is well represented in the issue’s original research articles. Ochsner teams led by Dr. Misty Suri examined the effect of body mass index (BMI) on hip arthroscopy outcomes and also evaluated the postoperative pain associated with bone-patellar tendon-bone anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. In the first study, the team found no statistically significant effects of BMI on patient outcome scores following hip arthroscopy. For the second study, Suri et al define a novel outcome variable—functional anterior knee pain—that they maintain is a better measure of postoperative functional limitations than measures such as the knee-walk test. Three years postoperatively, 94% of the patients in the study were not limited by functional anterior knee pain and had returned to their preoperative levels of activity and sport.

Another Ochsner team led by Dr. Leslie Sisco-Wise provides a 4-year retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent secondary open revision carpal tunnel release surgery with umbilical cord allograft. Revision surgery is often unsuccessful, but Dr. Sisco-Wise and her group found that using human umbilical cord allograft improved long-term symptoms of compressive neuropathy.

In addition to these articles, the issue includes an additional research article, 2 reviews and contemporary updates, and 7 case reports.

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