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Did Blue Belt Just Flip Tables on MAKO?

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Luc Jaulin
Source: Wikimedia Commons and Luc Jaulin

In a little noticed response among the streams of back and forth in the patent lawsuit between MAKO Surgical (the $1.65 billion division of Stryker Corporation) and Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. was an interesting filing which appears to flip the tables on MAKO.

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Abdel v. Mullaji Over the Cementless Knee

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

Matt Abdel is all over cementless TKA. “It involves shorter operative times, preserves bone stock, means easier revision surgery, eliminates third body wear, etc.” Slow down, says Arun Mullaji. “With cementless TKA you’re paying more for a procedure for which the jury is still out. We don’t have good long term data and we don’t know what the optimum design is.”

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AOSSM: New President, New Building and Renewed Commitment to Innovation // New Rothman Institute President, Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Talks Major Expansion // and More!

Robert Arciero, M.D. / Courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Robert Arciero, M.D. / Courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

AOSSM’s new president, Robert Arciero, M.D., leading society into new building and future of innovation. Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Rothman Institutes’ new Prez, talks expansion and quality with OTW. Constance Chu, M.D.’s new form of MRI reveals “bruised cartilage.”

First Time Ever! Clear Quantification of Gender Running Differences

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Source: Wikimedia commons and Adamsandle

Hard to believe, but no one had ever figured out a study to quantify the gender differences among runners. Sports medicine doctors have noticed 20% more injuries among women runners than men. But where’s the data to explain such huge differences? University of Freiburg to the rescue. In a clever, high-tech study the researchers came up with solid answers. Here you go.

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Franchising Orthopedics-on-Demand

Courtesy of OrthoNow
Courtesy of OrthoNow

Urgent care centers are a thriving $14.5 billion industry. But dedicated orthopedic centers are just a fraction of that market. From Tria Orthopaedics in Minnesota to Alejandro Badia, M.D.’s OrthoNOW franchise model in Miami, ortho surgeons are finding another way to capture the patient and remain independent from hospitals. Read what we found.

Acid Test of NASS’ Clinical Guidelines in Boston // 100% Diagnosis of PJI Available // and More!

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Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC/Jade and Morguefile

Will payers or physicians comply with NASS’ clinical guidelines? Acid test underway in Boston. New biomarker diagnosis periprosthetic joint infection 100% of the time—the Rothman Institute. Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., M.D. talks about his success with outpatient knee and hip surgery.

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