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Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

Best Anticoagulants After Orthopedic Procedures Depends On Type Of Surgery

July 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Current guidelines do not distinguish between aspirin and more potent blood thinners for...

New Lawsuits Filed In The Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann...

Video: Lemonade Stand Raises $24K For Friend's Surgery

July 11, 2014 12:59 pm | Videos | Comments

A Canadian boy's lemonade stand and social media campaign has raised $24,000 for a friend's...

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ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

2014 ESP Award Submission: Orthopedic OR Beach Chair

July 10, 2014 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Quantum Shoulder Positioning System "Beach Chair" features fast no-lift mounting and simplified setup and removal. The chair also offers powered patient elevation and instant, rigid patient fixation for the entire case. Additional features include a 500-pound weight limit and pediatric compatibility. 

Stabilizing Shoulder Surgery Lowers NFL Players Recovery Time

July 10, 2014 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study, discussed at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting detailed that return rates for NFL players is approximately 90 percent, regardless of which stabilization procedure (open vs. arthroscopic) was used.

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New Porous Technology for Total Knee Arthroplasty

July 8, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The new porous technology for total knee arthroplasty offers surgeons a new implant coating that uses a lattice developed through layers of irregular shaped beads, resulting in an increased average pore size and greater porosity than traditional spherical beads.

Partial Knee Replacements Safer, But Require More Follow-Up

July 8, 2014 11:14 am | News | Comments

Because of the higher revision rate of partial knee replacement surgery, which is traditionally regarded as the most important factor to determine the choice of implant, its use in the treatment of end-stage osteoarthritis is controversial, with only about 7,000 being performed annually.

3D Printer Makes Parts For Ankle Replacement Surgery

July 2, 2014 10:00 am | by KSAT 12 News | Videos | Comments

A 3D printer is taking the pain out of the joint and giving patients a much easier stride. Bettye Dube said she had sprained her ankle before, but a stumble while on vacation in Jamaica was something she'd never experienced...       

Tourniquets Make Comeback With American Police

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart and cardiac arrest was just moments away...

One-Third Of Knee Replacements Classified As Inappropriate

June 30, 2014 10:07 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

The study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), highlights the need for consensus on patient selection criteria among U.S. medical professionals treating those with the potential need of knee replacement surgery...

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Women With "Ugly" Feet Turning To Cinderella Surgery

June 27, 2014 11:56 am | by KMTV 3 in Omaha, NE | Videos | Comments

Some women are going to new extremes to realize their appearance goals, including a new trend being termed "Cinderella surgery." Women are having their feet altered to better fit into designer shoes. The surgeries can involve changing the length of toes or removing bunions and corns. There's even something called "toe lipo," which is used to make a chubby toe slim.

Opioid Use Prior To Spine Surgery Linked To Diminished Patient-Reported Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:42 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

A new study links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications, such as Percocet) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery...                       

Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer

June 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Symmetry Medical Inc. | Symmetry Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Symmetry Medical Inc., a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, launched the Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer Driver.

Innovative Medical Products, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years

June 13, 2014 12:16 pm | by Innovative Medical Products, Inc | News | Comments

How does a small manufacturing company in Connecticut that once turned out lighting fixtures, parachute ripcord assemblies, and rubber seals for the ball bearing industry, among other items, become a global leader in patient positioning products for orthopedic surgery?...

Orthopaedic & Spine Center Hosts Innovative Spinal Surgery

June 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Orthopaedic & Spine Center | News | Comments

Raj N. Sureja, MD, of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, recently became the first doctor in Virginia, and one of the first doctors in the U.S., to use the new Stryker TroFlex Curved Needle to treat a vertebral compression fracture (VCF) patient during a Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure...

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The Pink Pad

June 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Xodus Medical, Inc. | Xodus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The Pink Pad by Xodus Medical, Inc. is the safest, most effective Trendelenburg positioning system for all procedures that require steep table adjustments. The Pink Pad’s patented material protects the patient's head, neck, and shoulders from nerve damage and skin abrasion, while its unique high coefficient of friction virtually eliminates the risk of sliding during surgery. The Pink Pad offers clinicians a best practice Trendelenburg positioning solution for even the most challenging cases.

Better Care Now Available For Hip Fracture Patients

June 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Central Maine Medical Center | News | Comments

Central Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Orthopaedics, who came together to establish The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine five years ago, have developed the state's first hip fracture program focused on helping patients recover sooner...

The Quest For The Bionic Arm

June 5, 2014 10:18 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Articles | Comments

In the past 13 years, nearly 2,000 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring amputations; 14 percent of those injured veterans required upper extremity amputations. To treat veterans with upper extremity amputations, scientists continue to pursue research and development of bionic arms and hands with full motor and sensory function...

Increase In Number Of Total Knee Replacement Surgeries, Especially In Younger Adults, Linked To Obesity

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

"We observed that growth of knee replacement volumes was far outpacing that of hip replacements and were curious as to the origins of this trend," said lead study author Peter B. Derman, MD, MBA, an orthopaedic surgery resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, N.Y...

Surgery Completed To Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 20, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) technology, meaning it was designed to the patient's exact specifications and measurements...

RIGIDFIX Curve Cross Pin System

May 19, 2014 11:46 am | by Mitek Sports Medicine | Product Releases | Comments

Mitek Sports Medicine, a leader in orthopaedics sports medicine and a part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced it has added the RIGIDFIX Curve Cross Pin System, the first of its kind, designed specifically for use with the anteromedial (AM) portal approach to enable a more anatomic ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction.

Obesity Associated With Longer Hospital Stays, Higher Costs In Total Knee Replacement Patients

May 15, 2014 9:15 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

Obesity is associated with longer hospital stays and higher costs in total knee replacement (TKR) patients, independent of whether or not the patient has an obesity-related disease or condition (comorbidity), according to a new study...   

Arthroscopy Of The Knee Joint For Arthrosis: No Benefit Detectable

May 13, 2014 10:31 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | News | Comments

The benefit of therapeutic arthroscopy with lavage and possible debridement for the treatment of arthrosis of the knee joint (gonarthrosis) is not proven. There was no hint, indication or proof of benefit of therapeutic arthroscopy in comparison with non-active comparator interventions, e.g. sham surgery, for any patient-relevant outcome...

Hospitals Ranked On Complications After Hip And Knee Replacement Surgeries

May 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Karen N. Peart, Yale News | News | Comments

With an aging population comes an increase in hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. To provide better information on the outcomes of these surgeries, help inform patient choice, and improve the quality of the nation’s hospitals, a team of Yale School of Medicine researchers have developed a measure for hospitals based on the complications following their patients’ hip and knee replacements...

The De Mayo Push Button Clamp

April 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products, a global leader in patient positioning, announces the De Mayo Push Button Clamp – an operating table rail clamp that significantly reduces OR set-up time. The new clamp is fastened to the operating table simply by squeezing its top and bottom jaws closed on the table’s rail and then locking into place with a twist of the device’s knob.

The Tibial Distractor

April 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Tibial Distractor from Innovative Medical Products simplifies tibial surgical procedures by providing distraction with rotation for axial alignment without need for a second pair of hands, reducing radiation exposure to an assistant and the surgeon.

Researchers Show Impact Of Long-Term Vitamin D Insufficiency On Fracture Risk

April 4, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.       

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