Chukwuweike U. Gwam

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OBJECTIVE Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may provide a safe alternative to current side-effect-heavy narcotics and anti-inflammatories utilized in chronic low back pain. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy of TENS for the treatment of chronic low back pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS We included randomized(More)
INTRODUCTION Although total hip arthroplasty (THA) is an effective treatment for end-stage arthritis, it is also associated with substantial blood loss that may require allogeneic blood transfusion. However, these transfusions may increase the risk of certain complications. The purpose of our study is to evaluate: (i) the incidence/trends of allogeneic(More)
INTRODUCTION Postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can be an impediment to patient recovery. Many commonly used pain control modalities are effective, but are also associated with adverse effects. Other modalities, such as adductor canal blocks (ACB) and multimodal periarticular analgesia (MPA), have gained popularity due to their efficacy(More)
INTRODUCTION Pneumonia is the third most common postoperative complication. However, its epidemiology varies widely and is often difficult to assess. For a better understanding, we utilized two national databases to determine the incidence of postoperative pneumonia after various surgical procedures. Specifically, we used the American College of Surgeons(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess whether Center for Medicaid and Medicare services-implemented satisfaction (Press Ganey [PG]) survey results correlate with established total knee arthroplasty (TKA) assessment tools. METHODS Data from 736 patients who underwent TKA and received a PG survey between November 2009 and January 2015 were(More)
INTRODUCTION Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic agent that can be used to reduce blood loss in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients. Due to its thrombogenic properties, intravenous (IV) TXA is contraindicated in patients who have an increased risk of arterial or venous thrombosis. For such patients, intraarticular (IA) TXA may be a safe(More)
PURPOSE Measuring the effect of operative interventions has been a challenge in orthopaedics. The assessment of patient satisfaction, as measured by the Press Ganey (PG) satisfaction surveys, has gained increasing attention. Our purpose was to determine the factors and patient characteristics that influence patient satisfaction after THA. MATERIALS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Healthcare policy is often determined by well-designed studies most often published in high-impact medical journals. However, concern about the presence of publication bias against lower-extremity arthroplasty-related studies has called into question some of the validity of certain reports. There are only a few studies investigating the presence(More)
BACKGROUND Revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can often be challenging. The use of a new revision system may aid in providing better stability, improved function, fit, and implant longevity. Therefore, we assessed: (1) survivorship, (2) clinical outcomes, (3) postoperative complications, and (4) radiographic outcomes of patients who underwent revision(More)