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Dr. LaPrade Weighs in on Patrick Mahomes’ Knee Dislocation Prognosis

Dr. LaPrade has had several questions about patellar dislocation treatment and recovery since the Kansas City Chiefs' star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’  patellar dislocation injury last night.  Here is his response"Most athletes who have a patellar dislocation have a good prognosis for returning to play without surgery once their strength returns 4-6 weeks after injury. Those who may require surgery include those who have dislocated [...]

LaPrade discusses Blood Flow Therapy (BFR) in ACL Reconstruction Patients

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) stimulates hypertrophy, increasing the size of muscle cells by reproducing the same kind of environment that’s naturally present when you participate in a high-intensity workout.  “The muscle cells can be tricked into believing that they need to hypertrophy due to the extra environmental stress created by the BFR,” says  Dr. Robert LaPrade, one of the country’s top knee surgeons, who practices at Twin [...]

Internationally Renowned Knee Surgeon Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD Joins Twin Cities Orthopedics June 1

Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO), one of the nation’s largest independent orthopedic groups, today announced the upcoming arrival of Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, an internationally known complex orthopedic knee and sports medicine surgeon. LaPrade comes from The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and will join TCO on June 1. LaPrade has specialized skills and expertise in diagnosing and treating complicated knee injuries. He has treated athletes at [...]

International Expert Consensus on a Cell Therapy Communication Tool: DOSES

Cell therapies including so-called "stem cells" are increasingly being marketed and used for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders – despite questions about these treatments and their effectiveness. A new tool for standardizing communication about cell therapies is presented in the May 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer. Called "DOSES," [...]

Dr. LaPrade Awarded the Certificate of Reviewer Appreciation from The American Journal of Sports Medicine

Dr. LaPrade was the recipient of the Certificate of Reviewer Appreciation Award at the 2018 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) annual editorial board meeting with the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM).  AJSM acknowledges Dr. LaPrade's participation in the review of six manuscripts.

The most exciting technology in orthopedics from 10 surgeons

Ten orthopedic surgeons discuss the technology trends most intriguing for 2019 and beyond.Robert LaPrade, MD. Orthopedic Surgeon (Colorado): I am most excited about technology that will allow us to perform surgeries more efficiently and anatomically. These technologies will ultimately lead to better patient outcomes and more reproducible results among all surgeons. Currently, one of the big dilemmas in my field of complex knee surgery is that [...]

Orthobiologics: Key challenges & opportunities from Dr. Robert LaPrade

Robert LaPrade, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon based in Colorado.He has experience as the sports medicine committee chair for the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Here, Dr. LaPrade discusses the biggest challenges for orthopedics over the next year and what he is most excited about for the future.Question: What are the top challenges orthopedic surgeons face heading into 2019?Dr. Robert [...]

Vail, Colorado Rated One of the Most Academically Productive Academic Orthopaedic Centers in the US

A study published in the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Orthopaedic Academic Activity in the United States: Bibliometric Analysis of Publications by City and State", named Vail, Colorado one of the most academically productive academic orthopaedic centers in the United States. The purpose of this study was to conduct a bibliometric analysis of orthopaedic academic output in the United States. The study's conclusion [...]

Complex Knee Surgeon Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, and Colleagues Selected for Four Awards at the 2018 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting

Complex knee surgeon, Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) were selected for four awards at the 2018 American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting. The AOSSM awards are given to researchers who produce cutting-edge research in key areas of orthopaedic sports medicine. Dr. LaPrade and colleagues were awarded: Fellow Research Award – Basic Science Cabaud Memorial [...]

Dr. LaPrade Awarded Four Awards at the 2018 AOSSM Meeting

 Dr. LaPrade and colleagues at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) were awarded four awards at the 2018 American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting. Fellow Research Award – Basic Science: Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD, Kaitlyn Whitney, Jillian King, Mitchell Kennedy, Katarina Klett, Grand Dornan, Jorge Chahla, MD, PhD, Thos Evans, MD, Johnny Huard, PhD, and Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD. Cabaud Memorial Award [...]

Low incidence of posterolateral corner injuries at the NFL Combine

Investigators found few players at the 2018 National Football League Combine had evidence of a posterolateral corner injury, with only 0.4% had residual varus symmetry on the clinical evaluation. “[Defining] the extent and grade of posterolateral knee injuries in athletes at the NFL Combine is difficult when only subjective evaluations are assessed,” Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “In order to best determine the true objective instability present [...]

Dr. LaPrade Discusses How to Prevent Knee Pain with Men’s Health

Dr. LaPrade spoke with Men's Health on how to prevent knee pain. Everyone knows a dude who throws up his hands and cries, "Sorry, bad knees" at the mere suggestion of a high-impact activity. If you know that guy — or if you are that guy — the key to overcoming knee pain may just be a few simple exercises away, says Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, [...]

Top Knee Surgeon Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD Surpasses 400 Peer Reviewed Studies in Orthopedic Research, a Milestone Reached by Only a Few Sports Medicine Researchers

Top knee complex surgeon Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD has now published over 400 peer reviewed studies. To date, there are only a few clinicians, scientists and surgeons who have reached this milestone in orthopedic research. Dr. LaPrade has utilized his comprehensive research on sports medicine injuries to improve patient outcomes and pioneer new ways to treat knee problems. Peer reviewed publications are the highest standard [...]

Wayde van Niekerk’s knee op a success, but now comes months of rehab

A long and winding road to recovery lies ahead for Wayde van Niekerk after surgery on his damaged knee at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, on Tuesday was declared a success Van Niekerk will be out of action for up to six months, but he will be treated by some of the best minds in sports medicine. The 400m world champion went under the [...]

Facebook Live – Anatomic ACL Reconstruction

On Friday, Oct. 20, at 9 AM aspiring doctors, practicing surgeons and those (with a strong stomach) interested in the procedure can stream a Facebook Live video to watch renowned Steadman Clinic knee surgeon Dr. Robert LaPrade perform an ACL reconstruction on a cadaver knee. To watch the event live visit, Facebook Live Anatomic ACL Reconstruction. So why Facebook, of all venues? "Because I believe [...]

Drs. Huard, Provencher and LaPrade Celebrate the 20th Year Anniversary of CETE in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Drs. Huard, Provencher and LaPrade, as well as Luke O’Brien PT, were in Sao Paolo, Brazil at a course celebrating the 20th year anniversary of CETE (Do Centro de Traumatologia do Esporte (Portuguese)) set up by Dr. Moises Cohen. Dr. Cohen is considered the top South American sports medicine surgeon and was the President of the International Sports Medicine Society (ISAKOS) in 2009-2011. Dr. Cohen [...]

Dr. LaPrade Selected as American Journal of Sports Medicine August Spotlight Author

Dr. LaPrade was selected as the American Journal of Sports Medicine August Spotlight Author for his work, "Two-Tunnel Transtibial Repair of Radial Meniscus Tears Produces Comparable Results to Inside-Out Repair of Vertical Meniscus Tears". Radial meniscus tears disrupt the circumferential fibers and thereby compromise meniscus integrity. Historically, radial tears were often treated with meniscectomy because of an incomplete understanding of the biomechanical consequences of these [...]

Dr. LaPrade Recipient of Cabaud Memorial Award at American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting

Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, complex knee surgeon at The Steadman Clinic and Chief Medical Officer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, was the recipient of the Cabaud Memorial Award at the 2017 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting for his work, “Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma Immediately Post-injury to Accelerate Ligament Healing was not Successful in an In Vivo Animal Model.” This [...]

Dr. LaPrade Named to Becker’s List of 65 Great Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. LaPrade named to the Becker's ASC Review list of 65 great orthopedic surgeons. Becker’s Spine Review asked orthopedic surgeon to nominate fellow orthopedic surgeons they thought were outstanding in their field. Dr. LaPrade is the chief medical officer, deputy director of the sports medicine fellowship program and director of the international research scholar program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He is a complex knee [...]

Not ALL-In on ACL Surgeries

Last year the The New York Times reported the emergence of anterolateral ligament (ALL) surgery to supplement operations on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears noting that a "Florida company quickly began marketing a repair procedure those researchers helped develop. And soon, patients were asking about the knee surgery, and doctors were performing it." The medical community debated the surgery's necessity and even the ALL's mere existence, The New York [...]

Medial meniscal root tears: Fix it or leave it alone

Question: In your opinion, when do you fix medial meniscal root tears? When do you leave them alone? Medial and lateral menisci are crescent-shaped fibrocartilage structures that provide joint congruity, stabilization and lubrication and act as “shock absorbers” for joint preservation. During weight-bearing activities, the menisci dissipate axial loads and contain hoop stresses. The medial meniscus transmits approximately 50% of the total joint load of [...]