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Source: Wikimedia Commons and Luc Jaulin

Did Blue Belt Just Flip Tables on MAKO?

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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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.”

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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Parvizi, Sculco Debate Simultaneous Bilateral TKA

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A bilateral TKA procedure triggers higher rates of post-operative complications, says Javad Parvizi, M.D., F.R.C.S. and specifically cites rates of cardiac complications and pulmonary embolus. Actually, these procedures are safe, says Thomas Sculco, M.D. particularly as “We move towards improved patient selection, better anesthetic techniques, better perioperative care, and faster surgery.” Who wins this debate? Read on.

Jones, MacDonald Debate Tourniquetless TKA

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“OK, so you have a bloodless field using a tourniquet in TKA,” says Dickey Jones. “But there are many downsides, such as nerve damage and a delay in the recovery of muscle function.” Hold on says Steven MacDonald, There is no clinical evidence of nerve damage or delays in muscle function recovery when employing a tourniquet.”

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