Website Terms and Conditions of Use

This website and related services (“Service”) are provided subject to your compliance with the Terms and Conditions of Use specified below. Your continued use of this site will indicate your agreement to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Use (“Agreement”). If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Use, please do not use this website. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these Terms and Conditions of Use at any time by posting such changes to this page. Please check these Terms and Conditions of Use periodically for changes. The continued use of this website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

Use of this site is at your sole risk

Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute maintains this website as a community service for health information, education and communication. Use of this site is at your own risk. Neither us nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering this website is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of access to, use of, or inability to use this website. Everything on this site is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, whether expressed or implied. We assume no responsibility and cannot be liable for any damages to, or viruses that may infect, computer equipment or other property on account of access to, use of this website, or downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video or audio from this website.

Subscriber participation and conduct

During the term of this Agreement, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute grants to you a non-exclusive license to use and display the Service, and to download materials available through the Service, all solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You may not transfer, assign, sublicense, lend or resell the rights granted under this license. You may participate in any forums or messaging threads offered through the Service, but you agree not to post any material the content of which (i) is defamatory, libelous, obscene, indecent, abusive, threatening to others, or in violation of any law; or (ii) infringes the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party. You will be solely responsible for all content that you post on the Service. You agree to indemnify Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney’s fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the content that you post. Forums and messaging are intended only for the personal use of subscribers, and may not be used for commercial purposes. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute reserves the right to monitor content posted on the Service, and to modify or remove any messages or postings that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party, or otherwise inappropriate for the Service. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute also reserves the right to edit or modify any submissions in response to requests for feedback, Letters to the Editor, or other commentary. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we are not obligated to take any such actions, and will not be responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber in any forum, message board, or other area within the Service.

General health information

The material contained on this site is intended to be general healthcare information for self-educational purposes only and should not be considered complete or used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice from a physician and/or healthcare provider. The use of information provided on this site does not create a physician-patient or hospital-patient relationship with you. Should you have any questions about any of the information provided on this site, please consult your physician or healthcare provider.

Exclusions of warranty and liability

The Service and any executable programs and other materials provided through the Service are provided “as is” and without warranty of any kind, and all express or implied warranties are hereby excluded, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute does not warrant that the Service or any materials obtained through the Service are virus-free. If you download executable programs from the Service, the entire risk as to the results and performance of such programs is assumed by you. We are not responsible for the accuracy of or errors or omissions in any such programs, and we do not warrant that the operation of any such programs will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that any defects in any such programs will be corrected. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute will not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages (including, without limitation, damages resulting from lost profits or revenue; loss of use of the Service or of any executable programs; loss of use of data or equipment; or other similar damages) arising out of the use or inability to use the Service or any executable program obtained through the Service, even if we have been advised of the likelihood of such damages. In no event shall our total liability to you for all damages, losses and causes of action (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) relating to the Service exceed the cumulative amount you have paid for access to the Service. Some states do not allow exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

Copyright and trademarks

The Service and all materials published therein, including but not limited to articles, graphical images, interactive applications, audio clips, and video clips (collectively, the “Content”), are protected by copyright and are owned by Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute or its licensors. You may not modify the Content or republish, retransmit, or otherwise distribute any Content to any third person. You may copy and display the Content solely for your personal, non-commercial use, as permitted by the license granted above. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute and its logos are trademarks belonging to the hospital. All other trademarks on the Service are the property of their respective holders.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites that are not under our control. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute has not reviewed all of these sites and does not make any representations regarding their content or accuracy. Additionally, some websites on the Internet may contain links to our site. Again, we have not reviewed all of these sites and make no representation regarding their content or accuracy.

Online security

Portions of the website are available from a session encrypting webserver. Information viewed or submitted via this server is considered private by current industry practices. This technique is considered to be secure for sending or receiving information of a personal or medical nature. However, once the session ends, remnants of the session may persist on the user’s computer and on our webserver. This session encrypting webserver only protects the information while in transit from webserver to user.

Social media policy

We encourage community engagement on our social media pages and welcome all kinds of questions and opinions. We do not pre-moderate comments; however, we do reserve the right to delete or censor comments that meet the following criteria:

  • Abusive, violent or patently offensive
  • Contains ad hominem attacks
  • Promotes hate of any kind
  • Uses foul, profane or derogatory language
  • Contains solicitations for other websites or spam
  • Reported as abuse
  • Off-topic
  • Posted using an alias or pseudonym
  • Violates an individual’s medical privacy (either the commenter or someone else)

Please remember, comments published on social media are public. For your privacy, avoid posting detailed personal medical information. The views and opinions expressed in comments on social media are strictly those of the author(s) and in no way represent those of Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. We assume no liability for the information therein and extend no implied or expressed warranty or guarantee of accuracy. While we will do our best to respond to comments, we cannot respond to every comment, particularly those that deal with individual medical cases and issues.


All requests for licensing, reprints, and other usage of material on the Service should be addressed to our main office at 3651 College Boulevard, Leawood, KS 66211 U.S.A. We will review your request and provide you with an approval or rejection as soon as we have evaluated the request. We will attempt to approve or disapprove within 24 hours of each request.


Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute may give notice to you through general posting on the Service, through postal notification, or through email notification, in its sole discretion. You may give notice to us by postal mail to: 3651 College Boulevard, Leawood, KS 66211 U.S.A. We reserve the right to restrict or block the access of any subscriber to the Service, or any section thereof.


Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute may unilaterally amend this Agreement at any time, provided that we give notice of the amendment to you in a reasonable period prior to its effective date. The Agreement may not otherwise be amended except in writing signed by the party against whom the amendment is asserted. Any failure by Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a continuing waiver of any rights under such provision. In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Kansas, as applied to contracts entered into and performed within Kansas. This Agreement states the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the Service, and all prior or contemporaneous agreements are merged herein and superseded hereby.

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