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Drugs Provide Marginal Fracture Prevention

May 27, 2015 10:28 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

While anti-osteoporotic medication is commonly used to help elderly patients prevent hip fractures, the effects are marginal at best, a study proves. 

Joint Replacement Surgeries Expected to Keep Increasing

May 22, 2015 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Minimally invasive techniques and growing awareness about the benefits of joint reconstruction...

Trends Evident in Top 100 Lumbar Spine Surgery Papers

May 12, 2015 9:13 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Their results raise some interesting "questions, trends and observations"--including the finding...

Stem Cells May Improve Tendon Healing, Reduce Risk

March 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS | Articles | Comments

An injection of a patient's bone marrow stem cells during rotator cuff surgery significantly...

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Locked, Non-Locked Plating Considered Equals

March 26, 2015 12:13 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE | News | Comments

A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach. 

Data Supports EXPAREL for Postsurgical Pain

March 26, 2015 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) today announced data demonstrating the benefits associated with the use of its product, EXPAREL ®, (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) in a study of over 2,200 hip and knee replacement patients. 

AAOS Unveils Study on Hip, Knee Replacements

March 26, 2015 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Hips and knees replacements were the focus of a study the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 26.

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TXA in Total Joint Replacement Lowers Blood Transfusion Use

March 20, 2015 11:28 am | by Lifespan | News | Comments

A cost-benefit analysis of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in primary total hip and knee arthroplasty patients revealed a 12 percent transfusion rate reduction - from 17.5 percent to 5.5 percent - with no significant difference in complication rates.

One Way to Say No To Drugs Following Knee and Hip Replacements

March 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Dr. Clifford W. Colwell sat down with Surgical Products to offer some additional perspective on the use of a mobile compression device to combat VTE, or blood clots, following hip and knee replacement surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Device Meets Gold Standard

March 9, 2015 12:50 pm | by Ceterix Orthopaedics | News | Comments

Ceterix Orthopaedics today announced publication of positive findings from two biomechanical studies of the company’s proprietary NovoStitch suture passer for meniscus repair in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

Favorable Long-term Effects of Adolescent Obesity Surgery

March 6, 2015 1:14 pm | by The Endocrine Society | News | Comments

The skeletons of obese adolescents are usually more dense than those of normal weight teens, but after gastric bypass surgery, most return to normal density within two years, a new study finds.

Patient Prep: Keeping It Clean

March 4, 2015 1:10 pm | by Surgical Product Staff | Articles | Comments

Rosie D. Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc, Head of Clinical Affairs, Clorox Healthcare, on keeping it clean in the OR suite.

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Better Insurance Access Leads to More Hip, Knee Replacements Among Minorities

February 27, 2015 12:35 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have found that the expansion of insurance coverage in Massachusetts increased the number of elective knee and hip replacement procedures by 4.7 percent, with greater increases among black and Hispanic patients.

Proposed ASTM Guide Will Aid Development of Hip Replacement Systems

February 26, 2015 1:24 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

A proposed new ASTM guide will provide a standardized method for measuring the safety and effectiveness of hip replacements while also fostering a less-burdensome approach to the design, review and FDA approval of clinical trials and insurance coverage decisions involving these products.

Non-FDA Approved Device Case Offers Warnings

February 12, 2015 10:31 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

A device called the OtisKnee was supposed to speed the surgical procedure and recovery. Rather, patients saw neither and, as it turned out, the OtisMed Corporation had been distributing the device without clearance from the FDA.

Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | News | Comments

Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.

The Viability of Spinal Surgery in Patients Over 80

February 10, 2015 12:29 pm | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

Between 2000 and 2010 the U.S. population, age 80 and older, increased 22 percent to 11.2 million, and approximately 47 percent of Americans age 60 and older have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear and tear associated with aging.

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Hip and Knee Surgical Needs Continue to Rise

February 5, 2015 9:53 am | by iData Research | News | Comments

“Solid market growth here is largely driven by demographics. The majority of knee arthroplasty patients are aged 60 and above, and usually require a total knee replacement. By this stage, it is more likely that the entire knee is suffering from arthritis.”

FDA Clears 3D -Printed Titanium Bone Tether Plate for Bunion Surgery

February 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by MedShape | News | Comments

The Bone Tether Plate features a 3-D printed, medical grade titanium alloy for greater customization. The plate serves as the primary component in the FastForward Bunion Correction System, a new approach to surgically correct hallux valgus deformities.

Report: Neurosurgeons Practicing Defensive Medicine

January 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

More than 80 percent of surgeons said they had ordered imaging tests solely for defensive reasons, while more than three-fourths reported ordering laboratory tests and making extra referrals for defensive purposes. Up to half said they ordered more medications and procedures out of fear of being sued.

Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic (OCT) System

January 29, 2015 1:34 pm | by Depuy Spine, Inc. | Depuy Spine, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DEPUY offers their Screw-Rod Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic System, which was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

New Model For Preserving Donor Tissue Will Aid Joint Repair Procedures

January 29, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbi | News | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Following a recent study, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue.

VOX Telehealth Introduces Program to Cut Knee and Hip Replacement Costs

January 13, 2015 11:00 am | by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News | News | Comments

VOX Telehealth, a health IT company that uses alerts and notifications as part of a program to reduce orthopedic surgery costs, rolled out OrthoCare at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which helped develop the program, according to a company statement. The company had raised $1.1 million in an angel round last year to support the program’s launch. ...     

Marathon Bombing Survivor Takes First Steps After Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:37 pm | by Nancy Chen, NBC Boston | News | Comments

Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah DiMartino's reached a major milestone by taking her first steps since having surgery to remove her left leg last month. ...                

Researchers Use Nanotechnology to Engineer ACL Replacements

January 2, 2015 11:33 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Vonn. Derrick Rose. Tom Brady. Mickey Mantle. They have all fallen victim to the dreaded pop of the knee. ...                       

Complications After Thigh Lift Surgery Common, But Usually Minor

December 30, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Performed as part of body contouring procedures in patients with massive weight loss, a procedure called medial thigh lift carries a substantial risk of complications, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...  

Meniscus Regenerated with 3D-Printed Implant

December 11, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own. .... 

Rib Device Could Help Children With Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine* today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the VEPTR®/VEPTR II™ Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Devices for the treatment of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS), a rare congenital condition where severe deformities of the chest, spine or ribs impair breathing and lung growth in children.

Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Arthritis and Cartilage Loss

December 3, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. ...

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