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Kurtis Biggs, DO, commenced his professional journey with his medical degree acquired from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, in 1996. He then completed his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Doctors Hospital Stark Count in, Massillon, Ohio. Dr. Biggs crowned his academic and medical credentials with his Total Joint Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Throughout the years, he has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Compass Award (Naples Community Hospital, 2012), Patient’s Choice Award (2011-2012), and Teacher of the Year Award (2004). In recognition of his outstanding performance in the field of orthopedic surgery in general, and joint replacement in particular, H. Kurtis Biggs, DO, has been selected to join the Leading Physicians of the World, which is a premier publication of the International Association of HealthCare Professionals. Furthermore, Dr. Biggs is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, the Collier County Medical Society, and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. In his free time, he appreciates and enjoys motorcycles and coaching sports. Dr. Biggs attributes his success to his family, dedication, and being an example for his children. For more information about H. Kurtis Biggs, DO, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8127455.

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My Entry into The Leading Physicians of the World

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Highly Respected Orthopedic Surgeon, H. Kurtis Biggs, DO, will be Featured in The Leading Physicians of the World

The price of delirium: New study finds nearly half of patients have delirium

OrthopedicsDelirium associated with 7.4 additional hospital days and $8,000 more in hospital costs

A new study presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 48 percent of hip fracture patients, age 65 and older, had delirium, or acute confusion, before, during and after surgery (perioperative), resulting in significantly longer hospital stays and higher costs for care.Approximately 300,000 Americans are hospitalized with hip fractures each year. The risk is particularly high in post-menopausal women who face an increased risk for osteoporosis, a disease that diminishes bone mass and increases fracture risk. Delirium is common among older hip fracture patients, and multiple studies have found that patients with postoperative delirium are more likely to have complications, including infections, and less likely to return to their pre-injury level of function. Delirium patients also are more frequently placed in nursing homes following surgery, and have an increased rate of mortality.


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Patients may not benefit from sedatives prior to surgery, study suggests

ALL Surgery_Plastic_Orthopedic_Cosmetic_Neurosurgery_ETCPrior to undergoing a surgical procedure, many patients are prescribed sedatives to help reduce stress and anxiety before and after surgery. But a new study published inJAMA has questioned the benefits of these sedatives after finding they may not improve patients’ experience and may even do more harm than good.Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs commonly used to help reduce a patient’s perioperative stress or anxiety – the stress and anxiety experienced before and after surgery.However, the study researchers – including Dr. Axel Maurice-Szamburski of the Hôpital de la Timone Adulte in Marseille, France – note that benzodiazepines have been associated with a number of side effects, including drowsiness, insomnia and cognitive impairment.While benzodiazepines are deemed effective for reducing anxiety, the researchers note there is insufficient evidence to conclude their use leads to a better perioperative experience for patients.
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New study finds same patient mortality rates for experienced and new surgeons

Thoracic Surgery_Orthopedic Surgery_Neurosurgery_All Surgery EXCEPT PlasticAdditional study needed to affirm consistency of findings to latest surgeon training practices, other factors, say researchersThere is no statistical difference between the patient mortality rates of new and experienced surgeons a study using a newly developed statistical methodology and conducted by a research team comprised of medical doctors and statisticians has found.Because surgical training was radically changed in recent years–including a reduction of six to 12 months of training time–and other factors, the research team said further study will be needed to ensure the findings generalize.Researchers involved in this study are Dr. Rachel R. Kelz, associate professor of surgery; Dr. Jeffrey Silber, professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology and critical care; Paul Rosenbaum, professor of statistics; and Sam Pimentel, a doctoral student in statistics–all of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Distraction techniques may reduce pain, anxiety during conscious surgery

Emergenc Medicine_Surgery_Anesthesiology_PsychiatryFor some surgical procedures – such as the removal of varicose veins – the patient remains awake. Though safe, the patient can experience some pain and anxiety. But in a new study, researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK say simple methods of distraction could help ease such experiences.To reach their findings, published in the European Journal of Pain, Prof. Jane Ogden and colleagues enrolled 398 patients who were due to undergo varicose veinsurgery.For this type of surgery, patients typically remain awake, receiving only a local anesthetic.The researchers note that previously, patients have reported unfamiliar feelings, sounds and smells during the procedure. Some have also reported feeling a burning sensation, while others have said listening to conversations about the procedure between the surgeon and nurse makes them feel uneasy. Patients have also reported feeling anxious during the surgery.

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