Andy Lalka

Andy Lalka
University of Colorado | UCD · School of Medicine

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Purpose We examined whether an educational, shared-decision-making tool designed to empower patients, individualize pain management, and maximize use of nonopioid, over-the-counter analgesics reduces opioid use and waste while maintaining adequate pain relief. Methods We developed an educational, shared-decision-making tool regarding postoperative...
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Introduction: Premature radial physeal closure is a relatively rare occurrence in children. When isolated growth arrest of the radius with continued ulnar growth occurs, the resulting ulnar positive deformity leads to altered wrist mechanics and pain. Timely epiphysiodesis of the distal ulna with and without ulnar shortening osteotomy can address...
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Describe the risk factors for brachial plexus birth injury. Review the anatomy of the brachial plexus. Understand the diagnostic tests and physical examination for an infant in whom brachial plexus birth injury is suspected. Understand the indications for primary and secondary surgery in patients with brachial plexus birth injury.
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Introduction: Distal radius fractures are extremely common injuries affecting a wide range of patient demographics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of distal radius fractures managed initially with closed reduction and immobilization in either a below elbow volar-dorsal splint versus sugar-tong splint prior to conversion int...
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Purpose There is a high demand for minor hand surgeries within the veteran population. The objective of this study was to compare clinical outcomes and resource use at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) of hand surgeries performed in minor procedure rooms (MPR) and operating rooms using local anesthesia with or without monitored anesthesia ca...
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Background Intravenous regional anesthesia (Bier block) and monitored anesthesia care (MAC) with local anesthesia injection are routinely used for minor hand procedures. This study evaluates differences in post-operative pain control, PACU medication consumption, and duration of patient care. Methods Patients between 18 and 89 years of age who had...
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Background: Seymour fractures are important to recognize and treat promptly because injuries may result in growth disturbance, nail deformity, or infection. We hypothesize that the administration of antibiotics within 24 hours of injury will be associated with a decreased rate of infection. Methods: Patients younger than 18 years were included i...
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Background: Brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI) is a condition in which the brachial plexus is thought to be damaged during the birth process. Studies have cited a varying incidence rate ranging from 0.5 to 4.0 per 1000 live births. The purpose of this study is to evaluate birth claims data over a 15-year period to identify risk and protective fac...
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Background Ulnar-sided wrist pain (UWP) and lateral epicondylitis (LE) are common disorders that can be difficult to treat. Depression and anxiety have been shown to modify patient symptoms, disability and pain. Questions/Purposes The purpose of our study was to quantify the prevalence of depression and anxiety among patients with LE or UWP. A seco...
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Background: Musculoskeletal disorders are common medical problems encountered by physicians and affected 126.6 million Americans in 2012. Musculoskeletal education has inadequate in United States medical schools. Objective: To determine the musculoskeletal competency of third year medical students. Methods: A cross-sectional 25-question nationally...

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1) Patients will ask for less opioids after the decision-making tool presentation 2) Patients will consume less opioids after the using the tool versus not using the tool 3) PROMIS pain interference & pain intensity will be the same for the tool and no tool group
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Compile patient reported symptoms of trigger finger