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.
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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Additional 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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For 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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