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World’s Largest Spinal Implant Company Adds Robotics

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Franz Eugen Kohler
Source: Wikimedia Commons and Franz Eugen Kohler

The world’s largest spinal implant company, Medtronic Spine, is adding robotics to its product line. That brings the number of major orthopedic suppliers with computer-assisted surgery and robotics to three. Are surgeons ready? Are other orthopedic product suppliers scratching their heads? Here are the details.

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Lending a Hand in Haiti; Getting VERY Active Patients Back in the Game; Texting to Reduce Infections

The Shriners Hospitals for Children medical team and representatives from The Carter Center prepare for their first day at St. Boniface Hospital in Haiti. / Courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children
The Shriners Hospitals for Children medical team and representatives from The Carter Center prepare for their first day at St. Boniface Hospital in Haiti. / Courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners and Carter Center bring pediatric screening to Haiti. A new study finds that for highly active people, osteochondral allograft transplantation could be their ticket back to the game. New messaging system prevents infection—and gets high marks with patients.

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FTC Slams Invibio’s PEEK Implant Business Practices. Alleges Monopolistic Practices

Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC
Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC

Invibio was the first provider of PEEK to obtain an FDA Master File. The product was a game changer. According to the FTC, the company then tried to create a monopoly by locking up customers with exclusivity contracts. When competitors tried to enter, they were blocked. The FTC filed a lawsuit. The company agreed to a Consent Decreed. Will the monopoly end?

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Thienpont v. Ranawat—UKA: The Gold Standard for Medial Compartment Disease

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

Unicompartmental Knee or Total Knee? What’s not to like about preserving natural kinematics, lower infection rate and good post op range of motion? But can the patient live with higher revision rates? Dr. Thienpont argues for Uni while Dr. Ranawat takes the counter position. Great and timely debate this week.

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New Technologies: Surgeons Must Take Charge!; Genetic Trigger for Autoimmune Diseases?; HSS Radiologist Discusses Benefits of EOS imaging System

Source: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications, LLC ©
Source: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications, LLC ©

New work from Stanford University has found that surgeons must lead the way when it comes to new technologies. Researchers have discovered that virus-like elements contribute to risk of autoimmune disease. And a radiologist at HSS who specializes in musculoskeletal problems discusses a new imaging system from France.

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