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Zimmer and Biomet: The Behind the Scenes Story

Source: Wikimedia Commons and John Tenniel
Source: Wikimedia Commons and John Tenniel

The romancing of Biomet by Zimmer in the small town of Warsaw, Indiana, is a tale of courtship, coyness, teasing and attempts of getting that kiss from the girl down the street. How did this engagement come about? Zimmer’s SEC filing tells all.

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Hofmann, Callaghan Debate the Posterior Stabilized Knee

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“I haven’t saved a cruciate ligament in the last five years. It’s more difficult and less predictable. It’s more forgiving to take the PCL,” argues Aaron Hofmann. “A recent study found that ROM was better with the posterior stabilization,” counters John Callaghan. “And Chit Ranawat has had a 95% satisfaction rate with a PS knee…no revisions at 10 years.”

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China Wants “Made in China” Orthopedics

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Image provided by RRY Publications, LLC

Recent actions by Chinese officials to promote China-made orthopedic devices, raise regulatory hurdles for outsiders, propose a ban on brand names, resort to anti-trust bullying and allegedly promote cyber-attacks on U.S. companies smacks of protectionism if not an all-out trade war. Who are the combatants? Is there a trade war?

Which Tommy John Techniques Are Best? (trick question) // Surprising Study: 3D Imaging Only Slightly Better Than 2D // and More!

A fracture of the proximal humerus. / Source: Wikimedia Commons and James Heilman, M.D.
A fracture of the proximal humerus. / Source: Wikimedia Commons and James Heilman, M.D.

Jim Bradley, M.D. details first ever head-to-head trial of two types of Tommy Johns. New study says 3D CT may not make data interpretation more consistent as far as proximal humerus fractures. Vital new research shows that morbidly obese patients can safely undergo reverse shoulder arthroplasty, but their treatment is more expensive.

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Dunbar, Berend Debate the All Poly Tibia

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“It’s undeniable that the all poly tibia is cheaper,” argues Mike Dunbar. “And there is no backside wear, more poly for the same tibial resection, better RSA data, and better survivorship.” “I agree that all poly components are equal to well-designed monoblock designs,” counters Mike Berend. “But caution…it’s design and technique sensitive.”

The Deep, Enduring Satisfaction of Volunteering // NYU’s Residency Boot Camp Raises the Bar // and More!

Theodore Belanger, M.D. (Volunteering Overseas)
Theodore Belanger, M.D. (Volunteering Overseas)

A spine surgeon from the Texas Back Institute discusses his volunteer trips to Ethiopia and the deep satisfaction it brings. Residents-to-be at NYU receive innovative curricula that emphasizes increased assessment. Surprising new study finds two-thirds of athletes with shoulder instability have it again in the same season.

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