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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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Remember Artificial Disc Replacement?

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

Could cervical disc replacements be the most clinically and economically successful implant that no one pays attention to? After nearly a decade of clinical experience, the data is proving to be even more supportive of cervical total disc arthroplasty (C-TDA). Dom Coric, M.D. and Jack Zigler, M.D. presented fascinating, long-term C-TDA data at Castellvi’s Duck Key meeting. Here it is.

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