Advances in Orthopedics

We are transforming orthopedic care through innovative basic science and clinical research.

Led by expert Columbia orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists, NewYork-Presbyterian provides non-operative and surgical approaches for the treatment of common and complex disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

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2022 Innovations in Review


This recap of 2022 highlights NewYork-Presbyterian’s innovative treatment approaches to complex musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, including sports injuries, spine disorders, degenerative joint diseases, bone and soft tissue cancer, and orthopedic trauma.

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Establishing Acceptable Ranges for Knee Malalignment in Radiographic Measurements

Columbia orthopedic surgeons validate an acceptable range for adduction, abduction, and malrotation in the measurement of posterior tibial slope that could help prevent unnecessary repeat X-rays.

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Neurology, Orthopedics

Teaming Up to Conduct Complex, High-Risk Spinal Reconstruction Surgery

Columbia orthopedic spine surgeons successfully treat case of severe thoracic and cervical kyphosis in an older patient with multiple comorbidities.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Surgeon Helps Improve Shoulder Prosthesis to Provide Highest Level of Patient Care

Columbia orthopedic surgeon collaborated on the design of new device that is poised to transform shoulder replacement surgery for patients with end-stage arthritis.

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Comparing the Validity of Immersive Virtual Reality for Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty to Standard Methods of Surgical Training

Columbia orthopedic surgery residents and surgeons are one of the first to compare immersive virtual reality (iVR) to cadaver laboratory sessions to assess the need for innovations in surgical training.

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Confronting the Complexities of Progressive Collapsing Foot Deformity

Columbia orthopedic foot and ankle specialist discusses the challenges associated with achieving optimal surgical outcomes.

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Spine Surgeons Offer Novel Method For Improving Coronal Alignment After Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

Columbia spine surgeons show importance of using EOS full body imaging to account for lower extremity factors that can influence overall postoperative coronal alignment.

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Physician Story

Advancing Sports Medicine Through Competition

A Columbia physician applies experience as an endurance athlete to advance sports medicine.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Surgeons Address Periprosthetic Joint Infections

Columbia orthopedic surgeons specializing in foot, ankle, hip, and knee conditions work to assess risk of arthroplasty-associated infections and finding the right approaches to treat them.

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Physician Story

Q&A: Dr. Michael Vitale on Research, Innovation, and His Focus on Patient Quality

The Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian shares how a commitment to compassionate care has shaped his decades-long career treating complex scoliosis cases and advocating for spine surgery safety.

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Total Knee Arthroplasty: Making the Case for Optimal Placement of the Tibial Component

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia orthopedic surgeons conduct a large-scale analysis to determine the ideal approach to decision making regarding tibial component rotation during total knee replacement.

Dr. Venkat Boddapati performing an anterior cervical spine surgery

Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: Analyzing the Ramifications of Respiratory Compromise

Columbia orthopedic spine surgeons present findings from their major study on risk of patients developing respiratory complications after anterior cervical spine surgery.

Radiology images of a female with adult idiopathic scoliosis who underwent posterior spinal instrumented fusion

Evaluating Pelvic Fixation in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

Columbia orthopedic spine surgeons evaluate factors involved in pelvic fixation failure and identify potential protective factors.

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A Deep Dive into Femoral Stem Cementation in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty

Columbia orthopedic surgeons conduct an extensive investigation to elucidate the evidence supporting the use of femoral stem cementation in total hip replacement.

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UCL Reconstruction: Gauging the Psychological Impact on Return to Play

Columbia orthopedic sports medicine surgeons take a close look at non-clinical factors that may affect an athlete’s failure to return to play after surgery.

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Fighting in Ice Hockey: It’s Time for a Change

Columbia orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine discusses fighting in professional ice hockey, including reasons behind its continued presence, dangers of concussions on player safety, and long-term health of the game.

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Novel Advances in Shoulder Arthroplasty: Combining Clinical Experience with Design Ingenuity

Columbia orthopedic surgeon continues to innovate shoulder arthroplasty, serving as a developer in an anatomic glenoid system and improving reverse shoulder arthroplasty with a new humeral component design.

Preoperative and postoperative X-rays of a patient with persistent pain after prior hip arthroscopy who underwent combined revision hip arthroscopy and periacetabular osteotomy by Dr. Van De Velde and Dr. Christian.

A Collaborative, Personalized Approach to Hip Preservation in Young Adults

In Columbia’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and a sports medicine surgeon combine their individual specialties and skills to optimize care for young patients with hip disorders.

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Identifying Novel Metrics for Risk of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis

Columbia orthopedic surgeons are developing a comprehensive predictive model to provide valuable insight into the risk factors of PJK and aid in surgeon decision making.

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Augmenting Repair Where the Tendon Meets the Bone

Columbia’s orthopedic researchers define tendon enthesis mechanical properties critical for a durable attachment.

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Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Guidelines for Discussing Patient Expectations

Columbia orthopedic faculty conduct a study outlining the patient perspective on what constitutes improvements in outcomes related to pain relief and improved function.

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Investigating Inflammatory Cytokines in Disc Herniation

Columbia University orthopedic and biomedical engineering faculty demonstrate, for the first time, that severity of disc herniation is associated with changes in circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines in patients with chronic back pain.

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Pursuing Novel Techniques for ACL Reconstruction

A clinical trial by orthopedic surgeons at Columbia University demonstrates the benefit of a hybrid transtibial technique for ACL reconstruction that incorporates medial portal guidance of a flexible transtibial guide wire.

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Personalizing Medicine in Orthopedic Oncology

Columbia’s orthopedic oncology team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provides comprehensive care for patients with all types of bone and soft tissue tumors, including advanced diagnostic imaging and the latest medical, radiation, and surgical oncology treatments.

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Neurology, Orthopedics

Taking Spine Surgery to New Heights

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, patients find world-renowned spine surgeons representing the fields of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. These top specialists offer extraordinary expertise and experience with leading-edge surgical techniques, from endovascular options to the most complex spinal deformity surgeries.

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Forging Advances in Femoroacetabular Impingement Treatment

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital continues at the forefront of treatment for injuries of the hip, from leading the development of best practice guidelines to investigating ultrasound-guided hip injections to identifying biomarkers to improve diagnosis and management.

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Intervertebral Disc Disease: Identifying Factors Related to Severity

Basic science research in the Carroll Laboratory of Columbia’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery is improving understanding of intervertebral disc disease. Scientists here are focusing on both disc degeneration and regeneration, with an emphasis on inflammation and the important role it plays in degenerative etiology.

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The Perry Initiative: Encouraging Young Women to Enter Orthopedics

Women make up only 6.1% of US orthopedic surgeons. The Columbia University Department of Orthopedic Surgery partnered with The Perry Initiative to host an outreach program for 39 high school students to increase the pool of women who might be interested in the field.

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Center for Athletic Hip Injuries and Hip Preservation

In recent years it has been shown that younger athletic adults are also prone to hip problems that were once considered merely groin or muscle injuries. At the Center for Athletic Hip Injuries and Hip Preservation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, doctors are focused on providing joint-preserving treatment for young, active adults.

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