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Su v. Lombardi: Yay or Nay to Metal-on-Metal Surface Replacement?

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“Surface replacement trumps THR because it preserves bone, offers greater stability, and allows a higher activity level,” advocates Ed Su. “Keep in mind,” says Adolph Lombardi, “resurfacing is a more difficult operation with a high learning curve. Few patients meet the criteria…and there is concern over metal ion toxicity.”

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Lobo’s Big Bets Deliver in Stryker’s 1st Billion $ Recon Quarter

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Pixabay and PDPics

Kevin Lobo, Stryker’s CEO and his Lieutenant, Katherine Owen, outperformed Wall Street’s expectations and hit a $1 billion quarterly milestone. With smaller acquisitions and a big get on robots and ankles, the company is laying the foundation for a notably bright future. Read what they told analysts.

Do Sunshine Act Disclosures Hurt Ortho Innovation? // “Holy Grail” of Registries Ramping Up // and More!

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Source: Pixabay and Nemo

Brian Cole, M.D. and colleagues are doing their best to clarify the misunderstandings surrounding the Sunshine Act. The largest-ever consortium of orthopedic registries is proving to be different and very valuable. And the Vice President of Research at Merck details the company’s latest efforts to find a drug for osteoporosis.

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Lee Debates Barrack: Ceramic-Ceramic THA

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“Ceramic-ceramic hips have a place in young, active patients,” advocates Gwo-Chin Lee. “And they have the lowest wear rate.” Robert Barrack counters, “The new ceramics are better, but standard metal-crosslinked poly has improved more. And the 10-15 year results cannot be improved upon. Ceramic-ceramic isn’t ready for prime time.”

Myths and Facts About Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Kobac
Source: Wikimedia Commons and Kobac

Two announcements regarding orthopedic surgeon compensation—one on the last day of September and one a month earlier—offer startling new information about surgeon pay and how ineffective it is at delivering job satisfaction or even performance. For regulators, this article has a few inconvenient truths.

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MRI From Your Smartphone? Auto Billing When You Step Out of the Exam Room? Yes! // New HSS Study to Tackle Critical ACL, UCL Failure Issue // and More!

EMA Orthopedics Smartphone App / Courtesy: Modernizing Medicine
EMA Orthopedics Smartphone App / Courtesy: Modernizing Medicine

“Failure is the dirty underwear drawer of orthopedic surgeons,” says David Altchek, M.D. of HSS. So his study at HSS will tackle a crucial ACL, UCL failure issue. Time and motion study for scoliosis surgery? The results from Beth Israel are fascinating. New smartphone app gives surgeons increased flexibility while also saving time.