Category: Dr Boyd Haynes III M.D.

What Does “External Fixation” Mean in Orthopaedics?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD External Fixation is a term that references a method for temporarily stabilizing fractured bones outside the body, typically using pins, wires, screws, rods, etc.  This stabilization technique is often used when the patient has been badly injured where other, more severe, life-threatening injuries must be treated first, or where the… Read more »

What is a Segmental Fracture and How is it Treated?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD A segmental fracture is one where there are at least two fracture lines in a bone and a “segment” of separated bone in-between those fracture lines. Sometimes these medical definitions make sense!   They typically happen in the long bones of the arms and legs but can happen elsewhere in the… Read more »

What is Orthopaedic or Skeletal Traction and Why is it Used?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD If you are near my age, can you remember how TV showed patients with broken bones?  They were all in the hospital, lying in a bed, with pins through their limbs, in traction.  That was the reality, too.  Forty to fifty years ago, we didn’t have the technology, instrumentation, anesthesia,… Read more »

The Top Six Reasons My Hip Replacement Patients Do Well in Recovery

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD I’m celebrating 30 years in practice with OSC this month and I’ve performed a lot of hip replacement surgeries in those years.  I’m going to share with you the “wisdom” I’ve accumulated in all those years as to why some patient sail through hip replacement recovery and others don’t.  So,… Read more »

Walking Now May Prevent Knee Pain Later in Life

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD A new study out of The Baylor College of Medicine seems to confirm what I’ve been saying for years – that motion is life!  The study was published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology and found that for those persons who were over the age of 50 who walked for… Read more »

Nerve Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery 

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD  Although knee replacement surgery has become commonplace, it has a reputation for being challenging for both the surgeon and the patient. As a surgeon, I must be both a construction expert, an engineer, mathematician, and an expert surgeon all rolled into one, as I remove my patient’s diseased knee and… Read more »

Will Insurance Deny my Hip Replacement Surgery if I’m a Smoker? (A Web Chat Question)

Moderated by Boyd W. Haynes III, MD That’s a fantastic question.  Currently, insurance companies do not take smoking status into consideration when choosing to approve or deny joint replacement surgeries.  However, we have a lot of scientific research that proves that smoking is quite detrimental to bone growth, blood circulation, bone and soft tissue healing… Read more »

What is the “Gelling” Effect of the Knee?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In this article, I’m going to put on my chef’s hat and take you inside the kitchen for a brief cooking lesson.  No, I’m not giving up my day job as an Orthopaedic surgeon, but I want to use a culinary illustration to describe a process that occurs in the… Read more »