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Department of Orthopedics

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Research Orthopedics

$3M Grant Awarded to Orthopedics Researcher to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints, but according to researcher Michael Zuscik, PhD, it may start in the gut.

Patient Care    Orthopedics

Tissue Donation: Lesser Known But Just as Vital 

Checking the donor box on your driver’s license application doesn’t just qualify you to donate organs such as kidneys, heart, and lungs; it also allows you to donate musculoskeletal tissue to patients awaiting repair of knees, ankles, and damaged tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.  

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 27, 2023
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Community    Publications   

Treating Female Athletes is the Focus of a New Book by Associate Professor of Orthopedics

Orthopedic surgeon Rachel Frank, MD, went straight to the source for her new textbook on treating female athletes: All of the book’s primary authors are women.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 11, 2021
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Research    Press Releases   

CU Researcher Awarded NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Bone Density

Researchers from the CU School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics have been awarded a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the genetics of bone density and to look for therapeutic targets to counter bone loss. 

Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 09, 2021
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Patient Care    Community   

138 CU Faculty Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors

Each year, Denver-area magazine 5280 publishes its list of top doctors. On this year’s list, which came out last week, CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. We are proud to congratulate the 138 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title Top Doctor.

Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 04, 2021
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Research    Orthopedics

$3M Grant Awarded to Orthopedics Researcher to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints, but according to researcher Michael Zuscik, PhD, it may start in the gut.

Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 02, 2021
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‘It’s a New Me’: Amputee Steps Back Into Life with Restored Limb

On a soft August day in 1992, Paul Nozell and his older brother, seated next to him in a single-prop airplane, surveyed the familiar landscape below. They planned to skirt the sky above their dad’s house in upstate New York. Nozell maneuvered the plane into a “lazy 8,” something he’d done many times.

Just then, everything changed.

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Patient Care

Through It All

“I have never been more proud to work alongside you,” said Chancellor Donald Elliman in a recent communiqué to students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “We continue to demonstrate incredible strength in unity as we address this unprecedented challenge together.”

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date April 13, 2020
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Innovation    Spine

Dr. Evalina Burger Breakthrough Story

She joined the military to get into medicine. She took the hardest jobs. She led a surgery unit at a time when very few women were even performing surgery. She even overcame her own partial paralysis to become one of the nation’s foremost spinal surgeons. Meet Dr. Evalina Burger, Chair of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This is Breakthrough.

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 01, 2020
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Innovation    Trauma and Fractures

Dr. Jason Stoneback Breakthrough Story

Dr. Jason Stoneback, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Surgery at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is driven to push the limits of what’s possible. He’s now enabling amputees to live a higher quality of life using innovative limb restoration techniques. Osseointegration integrates a bone-anchored prosthesis into an amputee’s skeleton. Unlike a traditional socket prosthetic, it allows amputees to feel vibrations and sense pressure through the prosthesis, which is essential for activities like driving. It also allows patients to function at a higher degree and with far less discomfort or pain. Discover how Dr. Stoneback is radically changing what’s possible for limb restoration. This Is Breakthrough™

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 01, 2020
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Department of Orthopedics In the News


L3-S1 fusion featuring UNiDTM ASI patient-specific rods

news outletMedtronic
Publish DateDecember 14, 2022

Patient description: 44-year-old female had previously underwent a laminectomy for a disc herniation. Patient presented with new onset of bilateral radicular leg pain without an antecedent history of trauma. Initial radiographic imaging showed laminectomy defect with degeneration at L4-5 and L5-S1. She initially underwent non-operative care, including PT/OT, steroid dose pack, and home stretching exercises. Pain continued and an MRI was ordered which showed significant foraminal stenosis at L5-S1 with facet arthropathy and significant disc degeneration. At the L3-4 and L4-5 levels, she was found to have facet arthropathy with disc height and foraminal collapse and further lateral recess/foraminal stenosis.  

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Sport-specific approach facilitates successful return to play after concussion

news outletHealio
Publish DateMay 21, 2022

BOULDER, Colo. - In this video from the International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress, Sherrie L. Ballantine-Talmadge, DO, discussed sport-specific return to play protocols for extreme sports athletes.

“What we have found throughout the years is that – even with diagnosis as well as treatment – we had to make it sport-specific. These athletes developed early brain mapping so that they could spin, twist and turn in a different way than a football player or a soccer player,” she said. “The goal of today was to have people think and take the next step and understand there [are] differences in the way that you [rehabilitate] athletes after concussion, and that you are going to get the best outcome with a sport-specific return.”

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Acute paraspinal compartment syndrome following non-spinal orthopedic surgery

news outletHealio
Publish DateDecember 16, 2021

A 29-year-old non-smoking man with a BMI of 37 kg/m2 and history of bipolar disease sustained a right subtrochanteric femur fracture and pseudoaneurysm of his right proximal femoral artery after a gunshot in December 2016.

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‘Simone’s bravery is teaching us all a lesson,’ Colorado doctor and former gymnast commends Olympian

news outletFOX News
Publish DateJuly 31, 2021

Flips and perfect finishes initially made Biles a role model to so many. However, her latest decisions, prioritizing mental health on the world’s center stage at the Olympics is something sports medicine doctors hope young athletes can learn from.

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