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Artificial Disc Replacement /SOURCE: Courtesy of the companies whose implant images are used.
Artificial Disc Replacement /SOURCE: Courtesy of the companies whose implant images are used.

Remember Artificial Disc Replacement?

Charité is gone. Several more including CerviCore, Discover and NeoDisc never made it to market….

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Castellvi’s Duck Key Meeting

Courtesy: Hawks Cay Resort at Duck Key
Courtesy: Hawks Cay Resort at Duck Key

First, it is on—from April 2 to April 5. And this year the program is Dr. Castellvi’s best yet. New data regarding use of stem cells and other advanced biologics. Large sections on common and uncommon spine complications and debates on MIS, X-ray exposure, posterior interspinous plates, adult degenerative spondylolisthesis and other timely topics. Get to Duck Key.

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What’s Next for Spine’s Most Notorious Rogue?

Richard Kaul, M.D. / Courtesy: Official Dr. Richard Kaul Blogsite
Richard Kaul, M.D. / Courtesy: Official Dr. Richard Kaul Blogsite

It wasn’t even close. The dangerous Mr. Kaul is no longer a licensed physician in either the United States or the United Kingdom and the judge who presided over his three-month circus of a trial threw the book at him. What’s next for whom some call one of spine’s most notorious rogues? The answer, which is not jail time apparently, is still shocking. Read on.

Fearless Predictions for 2014

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Prahhu Namgyel
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Prahhu Namgyel

2014 will be the year of the knee. One of spine’s faster growing young companies will be acquired. Orthopedic equity valuation will grow, but at sharply lower rates than in 2013 (three companies, however, will have a great stock year). Finally, the Medical Device Tax will not be repealed but physician pay will be reformed.

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