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.

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.

Take a look inside Harborview's level one trauma center

Summer means a busy time for trauma hospitals like Harborview. See this article from KOMO about the team at Harborview. SEATTLE-- It's one of the busiest places in Seattle: Harborview Medical Center's emergency department. And it's particularly hectic now, because as the weather warms up, people are more likely to get out and get hurt. We classically call it trauma season

Rolling Stone

Jimmy Kimmel shares his experience last week when his newborn son was diagnosed with a heart defect that required emergency surgery, and his thoughts about the health care system.

Jimmy Kimmel began Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday with an emotional defense of the healthcare system after his son was born needing immediate open-heart surgery in April. Watch below.

UW-Cal Dual this weekend!

The Guardian

Sometimes the art of medicine is more important than the science.

When rules can be bent.

UW Medicine

Really cool idea.

Laurie Boatsman and Janis Dougan wanted to give kidneys to their loved ones, but they didn't match as donors. Fortunately, their loved ones were both UW Medicine patients, and a new program matched the two pairs. Watch them meet for the first time:

The New York Times

Just saw this article in the New York Times. Many of my patients choose to have surgery under local anaesthesia or a regional block. People love it. It's safe and effective and reduces or avoids the drowsiness, nausea, and other side effects that can occur with general anaesthesia alone. It's not new but it's popularity is increasing in the United States.

Choosing to watch your own surgery is one more manifestation of the patient autonomy movement.

It was another great year at the 33rd Annual Doctor's Hockey Tournament in Vernon, British Columbia. A great opportunity to catch up with old friends and play some great hockey!




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