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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.

Dunbar, Berend Debate the All Poly Tibia

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“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.”

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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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McFarland, Gobezie Debate Treatment for Infected TSA

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“This patient MAY be infected,” says Ed McFarland. “For patients who are even a bit ill, I would do a one-stage revision; those who are young and healthy get a two-stage revision. I don’t think debridement adds much.” Reuben Gobezie counters, “If you’re going to do anything to this patient, I think it would be reasonable to get an arthroscopic debridement at the most before you rip their arm out, Ed.”

Zippers Instead of Sutures? This is Cool.

Surgical Skin Closure / Courtesy: Jack Farr, M.D. , David A. Fisher, M.D., and OrthoIndy
Surgical Skin Closure / Courtesy: Jack Farr, M.D. , David A. Fisher, M.D., and OrthoIndy

Two physicians from OrthoIndy, with no financial ties to the manufacturer, have been “zipping” instead of sewing for a while. Patients seem to like it better—including one patient who is both one of the physicians and co-author of this article. This is pretty cool stuff.

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Backstein v. Haidukewych Over the Mega Prosthesis

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David Backstein has his favorite mega prosthesis system and he’s not giving it up any time soon. “You have shorter length of stay, and there is no chance of malunion or non-union.” George Haidukewych pulls the reins in, saying, “Mega prostheses have a limited role, namely, in situations where fixation is likely to fail. ORIF remains the gold standard for periprosthetic fractures.”

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