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Integra Pirouettes in Spine

Source: Wikimedia Commons and jmabel
Source: Wikimedia Commons and jmabel

Seven pure play spinal implant companies have tapped the public markets for a total of $893 million in the last decade. It appears that Integra’s SeaSpine is about to be spun off. Could it be number eight? But does SeaSpine have what it takes to compete with the big boys? We think….

Spinal Cap III: The Taming of the Pedicle Screw – Part I

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Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC / Sources: Wikimedia Commons and Kaudris

The whistleblower lawsuit that started the FBI Spinal Cap investigation in California has been made public. Michael Drobot is still at the center of this drama. Act III of the drama now unfolds as patients sue Drobot and his accomplices for causing counterfeit screws and rods to be implanted in their spines. Read Part 1 this week.

New Harvard Study Could Change Orthopedics Forever // Which Spine Surgery LEAST Likely to Repeat? Riew and Hilibrand Tackle Question // and More!

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Sources: James Heilman, M.D. and Wikimedia Commons

Totally new approach…Harvard Orthopedics maps minutiae of care cycle with Harvard Business School. Dan Riew and Alan Hilibrand debate repeat surgeries and adjacent level pathology. And a nationwide study finds that allogeneic transfusions are on the rise.

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The ELEVEN Best New Spine Technologies for 2014

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

Here they are! The 11 best new spine technologies for 2014. As seems to happen every year, the range and quality of submissions were excellent. More than 40 new products were submitted. Our five judges worked hard to select just 11 winners from such a strong group. One conclusion: innovation continues to assert itself year after year.

Gehrke Debates Haidukewych: Mega Prostheses

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“Mega prostheses can work in elderly patients and osteopenic patients with poor bone stock who need a quick procedure,” says Thorsten Gehrke. George Haidukewych isn’t quite so sanguine. “I do a mega prosthesis as a last resort, with a very distal fracture, with severe osteolysis, etc.” and “ORIF remains the gold standard for periprosthetic fractures.”

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