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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.

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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.”

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

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

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New Survey: Ortho’s Fastest Growing Sector is Extremities

Bones of the Foot Ankle and Knee Joint / Source: Wikimedia Commons and the Wellcome Trust
Bones of the Foot Ankle and Knee Joint / Source: Wikimedia Commons and the Wellcome Trust

Imagine an orthopedic sector with no pricing pressure, high procedure growth rates and a steady stream of innovation. As improbable as it may seem in today’s healthcare environment, just such a sector exists and RBC’s new surgeon survey uncovered it. Check it out.

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Metal/Plastic Generated Metal Ions Culprit in Unexplained Post-Op Pain // Pre-op Hemoglobin Guards Against Infection?! // and More!

Hemoglobin / Source:  Wikimedia Commons and Richard Wheeler
Hemoglobin / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Richard Wheeler

Metal/plastic like metal/metal in terms of elevated metal serum levels? Surprising artifact in new Rothman research: pre-operative hemoglobin protects against TJA infection. UVA researchers find less impingement with independent tunnel drilling…and that safe drilling of tunnels is possible anteriorly.