PREPRINT RELEASE: Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty

Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty
Tufts Medical Center
Jeffrey S. Zarin, MD
Chief, Division of Arthroplasty

In this case a 66-year-old patient presents with arthritis predominantly in the medial compartment. Dr. Jeffrey Zarin explains how to use the Mako robot to precisely plan and perform a total knee arthroplasty surgery on this patient. Preoperatively, he uses a CT scan to create a model of the patient in order to determine the appropriate implant size, and intraoperatively, he utilizes the Mako robot to assist in ligament and gap balancing, perform the osteotomies, and make precise corrections. 

PREPRINT RELEASE: Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy under Local Cervical Block

Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy under Local Cervical Block
Yale School of Medicine
Tobias Carling, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery

A 60-year-old female’s biochemical workup concluded she had primary hyperparathyroidism, and preoperative images suggested a left lower parathyroid lesion. Consequently, Dr. Tobias Carling performed a minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local cervical anesthesia while preserving the esophagus and recurrent laryngeal nerve. Intraoperative PTH proved complete resection.

Pilot Study Finds Watching JOMI Videos Improves Understanding of Surgical Concepts

“Utility of Annotated Surgical Case Videos for Resident Education: A Pilot Study” – presented by C. Scott Brown, MD at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings on April 19th & 20th.

Dr. C. Scott Brown at Duke used JOMI “to assess the educational value of annotated surgical videos on the comprehension of surgical anatomy and operative procedures.” The results: residents went from scoring 59.4% on a test before watching JOMI content to 93.6% afterwards (p = 0.001). The video used was Dr. Cunningham III and Dr. Brown’s “Laser Excision of Glomus Tympanicum (Transcanal Approach).”

While this was a small study, we are very excited to see the impact of video education (and especially JOMI articles) being rigorously quantified!