Menachem M. Meller

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Identifying BMI via administrative data is a useful way to evaluate outcomes in total joint arthroplasty (TJA) for varying degrees of obesity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the concordance between BMI coding in administrative claims data and actual clinical BMI measurements in the medical record for patients undergoing TJA. Clinical BMI value(More)
This article reports the investigation of the XeCl excimer laser as a cutting-ablating tool for human fibrocartilage and hyaline cartilage. Quantitative measurements were made of tissue ablation rates as a function of fluence in meniscal fibrocartilage and articular hyaline cartilage. A force of 1.47 Newtons was applied to an 800-microns fiber with the(More)
Lymphedema of the hand following a fracture of the distal radius is a disabling, but rare complication. Although the pathogenesis of this mechanism is poorly understood, extensive review of the literature suggests that an underlying cause of this lymphedema is psychogenic in nature. After numerous therapeutic modalities including intense physiotherapy,(More)
The prevalence of class III obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m(2)) in black women is 18%. As class III obesity leads to hip joint deterioration, black women frequently present for orthopedic care. Weight loss associated with bariatric surgery should lead to enhanced success of hip replacements. However, we present a case of a black woman who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated the risk and cost of postoperative complications associated with morbid and super obesity after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS A retrospective cohort study was conducted of patients who underwent TKA using Medicare hospital claims data. The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with morbid obesity, defined as a BMI greater than 40 kg/m2, and super obesity, defined as a BMI greater than 50 kg/m2, increasingly present for total hip replacement. There is disagreement in the literature whether these individuals have greater surgical risks and costs for the episode of care, and the magnitude of those risks and(More)
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