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No DBM. No Allograft. No Bone Void Fill. Better Fusion? Really?

CsC Interbody Device / Source: Amedica Corporation
CsC Interbody Device / Source: Amedica Corporation

No DBM? No Autograft? No Bone Void Fill of any kind? Could spine surgeons be weaned off using autograft in their PEEK spacers? A new study, Amedica’s CASCADE randomized study of 104 patients makes the elegant argument that it is indeed possible. But, who’d want to save money or complete surgery faster? Anyone?

“From Kabul With Love” – Dr. Sabit’s Misadventures

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Kabul Airport/Wikipedia.org
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Kabul Airport/Wikipedia.org

Aria Sabit, M.D., a spine surgeon, comes from a blue blood Afghan political family. He went to California, joined a POD, got sued by the government and headed for Michigan. Where, the government is alleging, he billed Medicare for scam surgeries. Then things got really weird in an international, hidden gemstones, “Topkapi” kind of way.

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Alex Vaccaro Leading Rothman Institute Boldly Into the Future // The Ortho Side of NASCAR // and More!

Alex Vaccaro, M.D. and Rothman Institute
Alex Vaccaro, M.D. and Rothman Institute

Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D. takes Rothman Institute into the future with strong leadership and major expansions. Hoag Orthopedic Institute has been courted by Harvard due to its standout model of care. And Bill Heisel of OrthoCarolina tells what it’s like to take care of (nearly everyone) in the motorsports world.

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Padgett v. Dorr: Constrained Sockets in Revision Hips

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“Constraint should be reserved for cases where there are no other options. These liners can compromise fixation and they don’t always work,” argues Doug Padgett. “Failure with constrained liners is caused by either poor judgment or poor technique,” counters Larry Dorr. “Dual mobility is hot stuff, but it’s going up against the tried and true constrained liner.”

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The Passing of Dane Miller

Dane Miller, Ph.D.
Dane Miller, Ph.D.

Dane Miller’s passing feels like a family member has died. On a personal level, he impressed, influenced and was beloved by thousands of physicians and industry executives all over the world. On a professional level, he improved the lives of literally millions of patients worldwide. How do we explain the importance and love of Dane Miller? We begin with a dream.

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Gunnar Andersson, M.D., Retires // NFL Medicine Pushing Towards the Future // and More!

Sources: Gunnar Andersson, M.D. and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Sources: Gunnar Andersson, M.D. and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Gunnar Andersson, M.D., Chairman Emeritus of Orthopedic Surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, looks back on his many years in orthopedics. The head of the NFL Physicans’ Society describes major advances in the speed and accuracy of NFL player care. And Rush jumps on urgent care bandwagon.