Stephen Kennedy MD FRCSC

Stephen Kennedy MD FRCSC

Dr. Kennedy is a Hand, Wrist, and Elbow surgeon at UW Medicine. He sees patients at UW Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

Dr. Kennedy is a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon with subspecialty training in both Hand & Microvascular Surgery and Upper Extremity Sports Medicine and Reconstruction. He provides treatment options for problems of the entire upper extremity, including all forms of instability, trauma, deformity, and arthritis. He has a particular interest in problems of the hand, wrist and elbow. Surgically, he performs open, arthroscopic, and microsurgical techniques.

UW Medicine

A new distracted driving law goes into effect today, banning drivers from using handheld devices—including while stopped at stop signs or traffic lights. In 2015, 391,000 people in the United States were injured and nearly 3,500 were killed because of distracted driving.

UW Medicine

Kurtis Musewicz learned the hard way that fireworks can be terribly dangerous. And a first-of-its-kind study by UW Medicine identifies those fireworks that cause the most damage.

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center

HIPRC Director Dr. Monica Vavilala and UW plastic surgery resident Dr. Brinkley Sandvall discuss the results, and conversations, coming out of a new study on the danger of fireworks in this story from Q13 FOX.

This type of firework disfigures people more than any other, UW study shows

July 4th weekend is the most busy, and most sad, time of year for the hand service at Harborview. See the attached Seattle Times article about research my partner Jeff Friedrich MD and colleagues have done about our experience. Blast injuries to the hand disable people for life, and fireworks can often be unpredictable. Please leave fireworks to the professionals this year. Shell-and-mortar fireworks are legal in Washington state, but a new UW Medicine study finds more disfiguring injuries came from accidents with shell-and-mortar fireworks than any other legal firework — and some illegal ones.

Go Huskies!

The New York Times

It's never too late to improve your musculoskeletal health! Choose the type of exercises you like best and your cells will do the rest...

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level, but there may be a way to undo some of the damage.

Way to go Washington Rowing!

The Guardian

More grisly stories about battles with fruits and vegetables in the kitchen! Be careful so you don't need my services!

Warning: contains graphic content.

The New York Times - Well - Health

Valuable information to discuss with a doctor regarding pain management for sure, but it's important to emphasize the absolute, or real, increase in cardiovascular is very low for most people. This is mentioned in the article, but the title of the piece is a little more dramatic. For example, if your chance of heart attack in a year is 0.5%, then an increase relative risk of 23% means your risk of heart attack becomes 0.6%, or an absolute increase in risk of 0.1%, which may be acceptable to you if you are in a lot of pain. NSAIDs are a valuable substitute for opioid medications after broken bones and surgery, and helps avoid the risks of dependency associated with opioids. In those kinds of cases, NSAIDs (combined with Acetaminophen and other medications) are very valuable to your health and wellbeing.

The pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, are known to carry heart risks. A new analysis found that those risks can arise within a week of starting the drugs.

The Guardian

Yes a much needed public service announcement from British Hand Surgeons! I have unfortunately had to care for many nice people with avocado hand 🥑 🤚 injuries. Please don't stab the pit with the point of the knife and your hand on the other side, it can slip to one side or the other and cause tendon and nerve lacerations in the hand.

It's healthy and safety gone pear-shaped.



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