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Kidney Grafts Function Longer in Europe than in the United States

Kidney transplants performed in Europe are considerably more successful in the long run than those performed in the United States


While the one-year survival rate is 90% in both Europe and the United States, after five years, 77% of the donor kidneys in Europe still function, while in the United States, this rate among white Americans is only 71%.

After ten years, graft survival for the two groups is 56% versus 46%, respectively. The lower survival rates compared to Europe also apply to Hispanic Americans, in whom 48% of the transplanted kidneys still function after ten years, and particularly to African Americans, whose graft survival is a mere 33%.

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"Never Events" Might Lead to "Never Treatment”

The efforts to decrease the incidence of preventable errors in medical treatment


The efforts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Federal Government to improve the quality of healthcare and decrease the incidence of preventable errors in medical treatment (known as "Never Events") should be applauded. This is a difficult and complicated but important task. The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and other organizations share CMS's goal of promoting high quality, safe and effective care for all patients. We have met with CMS on numerous occasions to help promote these efforts and make constructive comment on the proposed rules.

Furthermore, we support a payment system that advocates quality care, including withholding payment for certain "Never Events" that should truly not occur, such as operating on the wrong limb. Every effort should be made to eliminate preventable hospital-acquired conditions. The AAHKS is concerned that if CMS includes complications that are not always reasonably preventable on the hospital-acquired condition list, this may have the unintended negative affect of restricting patient's access to and quality of care.

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New Data Show Lasting Effects and No Serious Adverse Events with a Percutaneous Decompression Procedure for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Patients

Patients treated for lumbar spinal stenosis with the mild decompression procedure reported sustained improvements in pain


Patients treated for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) with the mild decompression procedure (an alternative to open spinal surgery for many patients), reported sustained improvements in pain and mobility at one year and had no serious adverse events occur, according to the first multi-center one-year post-study follow-up of this patient cohort. Results from this prospective, evidence-based study were presented today at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 27th Annual Meeting.

The post-study results were presented by Timothy R. Deer MD, of The Center for Pain Relief in Charleston, West Virginia. Outcomes of the procedure were assessed one year post treatment for all available patients who had participated in the first mild multi-center U.S. clinical trial completed last year. Included in the report were 170 procedures, mostly bilateral at one or two affected levels, in fifty-eight patients who were treated with the mild therapy.

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