Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

Dublin, Ireland

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O'Neill S.C.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Queally J.M.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Devitt B.M.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Doran P.P.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Bone and Joint Journal | Year: 2013

Peri-prosthetic osteolysis and subsequent aseptic loosening is the most common reason for revising total hip replacements. Wear particles originating from the prosthetic components interact with multiple cell types in the peri-prosthetic region resulting in an inflammatory process that ultimately leads to peri-prosthetic bone loss. These cells include macrophages, osteoclasts, osteoblasts and fibroblasts. The majority of research in peri-prosthetic osteolysis has concentrated on the role played by osteoclasts and macrophages. The purpose of this review is to assess the role of the osteoblast in peri-prosthetic osteolysis. In peri-prosthetic osteolysis, wear particles may affect osteoblasts and contribute to the osteolytic process by two mechanisms. First, particles and metallic ions have been shown to inhibit the osteoblast in terms of its ability to secrete mineralised bone matrix, by reducing calcium deposition, alkaline phosphatase activity and its ability to proliferate. Secondly, particles and metallic ions have been shown to stimulate osteoblasts to produce pro inflammatory mediators in vitro. In vivo, these mediators have the potential to attract pro-inflammatory cells to the peri-prosthetic area and stimulate osteoclasts to absorb bone. Further research is needed to fully define the role of the osteoblast in peri-prosthetic osteolysis and to explore its potential role as a therapeutic target in this condition. © 2013 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.


Devitt B.M.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | McCarthy C.,Irish Rugby Football Union
British Journal of Sports Medicine | Year: 2010

There are many ethical dilemmas that are unique to sports medicine because of the unusual clinical environment of caring for players within the context of a team whose primary objective is to win. Many of these ethical issues arise because the traditional relationship between doctor and patient is distorted or absent. The emergence of a doctor-patient-team triad has created a scenario in which the team's priority can confl ict with or even replace the doctor's primary obligation to player well-being. As a result, the customary ethical norms that provide guidelines for most forms of clinical practice, such as patient autonomy and confi dentiality, are not easily translated in the fi eld of sports medicine. Sports doctors are frequently under intense pressure, whether implicit or explicit, from management, coaches, trainers and agents, to improve performance of the athlete in the short term rather than considering the long-term sequelae of such decisions. A myriad of ethical dilemmas are encountered, and for many of these dilemmas there are no right answers. In this article, a number of ethical principles and how they relate to sports medicine are discussed. To conclude, a list of guidelines has been drawn up to offer some support to doctors facing an ethical quandary, the most important of which is 'do not abdicate your responsibility to the individual player.


Murphy T.P.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Byrne D.P.,Orthopaedic Research and Innovation Foundation | Curtin P.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Baker J.F.,Orthopaedic Research and Innovation Foundation | And 2 more authors.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research | Year: 2012

Background: Several reports have confirmed the ability of intraoperative periarticular injections to control pain after THA. However, these studies used differing combinations of analgesic agents and the contribution of each, including the local anesthetic agent, is uncertain. Understanding the independent effects of the various agents could assist in improved pain management after surgery. Questions/purposes: We therefore determined the ability of intraoperative periarticular infiltration of levobupivacaine to (1) reduce postoperative pain, (2) reduce postoperative morphine requirements, and (3) reduce the incidence of nausea and urinary retention. Patients and Methods: A double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of patients undergoing primary THAs was performed. Patients were randomized to receive a periarticular infiltration of 150 mg levobupivacaine in 60 mL 0.9% saline (n = 45) or a placebo consisting of 60 mL 0.9% saline (n = 46). We obtained a short-form McGill pain score, visual analog scale (VAS), and morphine requirements via patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) as primary measures. Postoperative antiemetic requirements and need for catheterization for urinary retention were determined as secondary measures. Results: Subjectively reported pain scores and the overall intensity scores were similar for both groups in the postoperative period. At the same time the mean morphine consumption was less in the levobupivacaine group, most notable in the first 12 hours after surgery: treatment group 11.5 mg vs control group 21.2 mg. We observed no differences in the frequency of postoperative nausea and vomiting or urinary retention. Conclusions: Our observations suggest periarticular injection of levobupivacaine can supplement available postoperative analgesic techniques and reduce postoperative morphine requirements after THA. Level of Evidence: Level I, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. © 2011 The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons®.


Joyce C.W.,University Hospital Galway | Kelly J.C.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Carroll S.M.,St Vincents University Hospital
Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery | Year: 2014

The number of citations that a published article has received reflects the importance that paper has on that area of practice. In hand surgery, it is unknown which journal articles are cited most frequently. The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the characteristics of the top 100 papers in the field of hand surgery. The 100 most cited papers were identified in the following journals; the Journal of Hand Surgery (American volume), the Journal of Hand Surgery (European volume), the Journal of Hand Surgery (British and European volume), The Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive and Hand Surgery, Hand Clinics, and the Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. The articles were ranked in order of the number of citations received. These classic 100 papers were analyzed for article type, their journal distribution, as well as geographic and institutional origin. © 2014 Informa Healthcare.


Bruce-Brand R.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
Irish medical journal | Year: 2012

There has been a significant decline in the number of applications for non-consultant hospital doctor (NCHD) posts in Ireland over the last 18 months. We conducted an online, anonymous survey of Irish NCHDs to establish levels of satisfaction, sources of dissatisfaction and the major reasons for junior doctors seeking work abroad. 522 NCHDs took the survey, including 64 (12.3%) currently working outside of the Republic. 219 (45.8%) were slightly dissatisfied and 142 (29.7%) were extremely dissatisfied with practising medicine in Ireland. Major sources of dissatisfaction included the state of the health care system, staffing cover for leave and illness, the dearth of consultant posts and the need to move around Ireland. The most important reason for NCHDs wishing to leave was to seek better training and career opportunities abroad.


Carty F.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
Seminars in musculoskeletal radiology | Year: 2010

This article outlines the expanding approaches to whole-body imaging in oncology focusing on whole-body MRI and comparing it to emerging applications of whole-body CT, scintigraphy, and above all PET CT imaging. Whole-body MRI is widely available, non-ionizing and rapidly acquired, and inexpensive relative to PET CT. While it has many advantages, WBMRI is non-specific and, when compared to PET CT, is less sensitive. This article expands each of these issues comparing individual modalities as they refer to specific cancers. Thieme Medical Publishers.


Baker J.F.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Mulhall K.J.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy | Year: 2012

Purpose: Recent reports have suggested that local anaesthetic agents have a toxic effect on articular chondrocytes. This is despite the widespread intra-articular use of local anaesthetic agents following arthroscopic procedures for a number of years. Methods: We have reviewed the available basic science literature focusing on the studies assessing the effect of exposing articular chondrocytes to local anaesthetic agents. We attempt to highlight the key findings and, where possible, extrapolate the laboratory findings to the operating theatre. Results: Basic science reports are analysed according to their setting of either in vitro, ex vivo or in vivo and according to cell line. A majority of work to date has been done using in vitro models. Only a small number of in vivo models using animal cell lines have been used and the best of these have conflicting results with regard lasting toxicity secondary to local anaesthetic exposure. Conclusions: Numerous reports suggest a toxic effect of local anaesthetic agents on articular chondrocytes, however, further work is warranted to establish the precise mechanism of toxicity and whether or not single bolus administration results in long-term deleterious outcomes. Determining the ideal in vitro model will help in extrapolating laboratory data to the operating theatre. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


Nugent M.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
Cancer Management and Research | Year: 2014

Micro ribonucleic acids (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNA segments that have a role in the regulation of normal cellular development and proliferation including normal osteogenesis. They exert their effects through inhibition of specific target genes at the post-transcriptional level. Many miRNAs have altered expression levels in cancer (either increased or decreased depending on the specific miRNA). Altered miRNA expression profiles have been identified in several malignancies including primary bone tumors such as osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma. It is thought that they may function as tumor suppressor genes or oncogenes and hence when dysregulated contribute to the initiation and progression of malignancy. miRNAs are also thought to have a role in the development of bone metastases in other malignancies. In addition, evidence increasingly suggests that miRNAs may play a part in determining the response to chemotherapy in the treatment of osteosarcoma. These molecules are readily detectable in tissues, both fresh and formalin fixed paraffin embedded and, more recently, in blood. Although there are fewer published studies regarding circulating miRNA profiles, they appear to reflect changes in tissue expression. Thus miRNAs may serve as potential indicators of disease presence but more importantly, may have a role in disease characterization or as potential therapeutic targets. This review gives a brief overview of miRNA biochemistry and explores the evidence to date implicating these small molecules in the pathogenesis of bone tumors. © 2014 Nugent.


Cleary M.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Keating C.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital | Poynton A.R.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
European Spine Journal | Year: 2011

Epidural steroid injections are an important therapeutic modality employed by spinal surgeons in the treatment of patients with chronic low back pain with or without lumbar radiculopathy. The caudal epidural is a commonly used and well-established technique; however, little is known about the segmental level of pathology that may be addressed by this intervention. This prospective study of over 50 patients aimed to examine the spreading pattern of this technique using epidurography. The effect of variation in Trendelenburg tilt and the eradication of lumbar lordosis on the cephalic distribution of the injectate were investigated. 52 patients with low back pain and radiculopathy underwent caudal epidural. All had 20 ml volume injected, comprised of 5 ml contrast (Ultravist™ Schering) 2 ml Triamcinolone (Adcortyl™ Squibb) and 13 ml local anaesthetic (1% lignocaine). Patients were randomised to either 0° or 30° of Trendelenburg tilt, as referenced from the lumbar spine. Patients were further randomised to presence or absence of lumbar lordosis, which was eradicated using a flexion device placed beneath the prone patient. A lateral image of each sacrum was obtained, to identify variations in sacral geometry particularly resistant to cephalic spread of injectate. The highest segment reached on fluoroscopy was recorded post injection. Fifty-two patients with a mean age of 50 years underwent caudal epidural. Thirty-one were in 0° head tilt, with 21 in 30° of head tilt. In each of these groups, 50% had their lumbar lordosis flattened prior to caudal injection. The median segmental level reached was L3, with a range from T9 to L5. Eradication of lumbar lordosis did not significantly alter cephalic spread of injectate. There was a trend for 30° tilt to extend the upper level reached by caudal injection (p = 0.08). There were no adverse events in this series. Caudal epidural is a reliable and relatively safe procedure for the treatment of low back pain. Pathology at L3/4 and L4/5 and L5/S1 can be approached by this technique. Although in selected cases thoracic and high lumbar levels can be reached, this is variable. If pathology at levels above L3 needs to be addressed, we propose a 30° head tilt may improve cephalic drug delivery. The caudal route is best reserved for pathology below L3. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Perera A.M.,University of Wales | Mason L.,University of Wales | Stephens M.M.,Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A | Year: 2011

▶ The first ray is an inherently unstable axial array that relies on a fine balance between its static (capsule, ligaments, and plantar fascia) and dynamic stabilizers (peroneus longus and small muscles of the foot) to maintain its alignment. ▶ In some feet, there is a genetic predisposition for a nonlinear osseous alignment or a laxity of the static stabilizers that disrupts this muscle balance. Poor footwear plays an important role in accelerating the process, but occupation and excessive walking and weight-bearing are unlikely to be notable factors. ▶ Many inherent or acquired biomechanical abnormalities are identified in feet with hallux valgus. However, these associations are incomplete and nonlinear. ▶ In any patient, a number of factors have come together to cause the hallux valgus. Once this complex pathogenesis is unraveled, a more scientific approach to hallux valgus management will be possible, thereby enabling treatment (conservative or surgical) to be tailored to the individual. Copyright © 2011 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated.

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