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Injured Lindsey Vonn To Miss Olympics, Needs Knee Surgery

January 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Howard Fenderich, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the world championships last February, sidelining her for about 10 months. She re-tore her surgically repaired ACL in a training crash in November, a key setback. Then, after returning to competition in early December by finishing 40th, 11th and fifth in a set of World Cup races at Lake Louise, Alberta, Vonn sprained her MCL during a race in France, last month...

Is Arthroscopic Surgery For A Partial Meniscal Tear Unnecessary?

January 3, 2014 9:00 am | by Jennifer Gunter, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Arthroscopic knee surgery is big business in the United States. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomies alone cost $4 billion per year. Yes, billion. But do they work? Given the poor performance of these other arthroscopic surgeries, answering the question of whether partial meniscectomies are effective is crucial...              

Study: Surgery Better Than Non-Invasive Treatment For Certain Herniated Discs

January 2, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

For patients with herniated discs in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight year follow-up study. "Carefully selected patients who underwent surgery for a lumbar disc herniation achieved greater improvement than non-operatively treated patients," according to lead author Dr. Jon D. Lurie...

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Common Knee Surgery Ineffective In Study

December 26, 2013 9:07 am | by Gene Emery | News | Comments

One of the most common types of knee surgery performed in the U.S. is no more effective than fake surgery, at least for the first year, according to a new study. The new evidence should give doctors pause before they try to repair the meniscus, which cushions the bones of the knee, according to the Finnish doctors behind the research published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

Northwestern Medicine Surgeon Working To Eliminate Common Side Effects Of Spine Surgery

December 26, 2013 8:54 am | News | Comments

Even after successful surgery to repair pinched nerves or herniated discs in the neck, patients often deal with a pair of common side effects — difficulty swallowing and hoarseness. Northwestern Medicine orthopaedic spine surgeon Alpesh A Patel, MD, FACS, is researching the best ways to assess and reduce the complications of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and dysphonia (changes in voice production and sound)...

AAOS Approves Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Non-Arthroplasty Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Of The Knee

December 18, 2013 9:17 am | News | Comments

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors recently approved an AUC to help physicians treat patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. OA is a slowly progressing and degenerative disease that causes the joint cartilage to wear away...

Study: Lower Survival Rates After Second Hip Fractures

December 16, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

Research presented today at the 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting showed that second hip fractures are more deadly than first hip fractures. Based in Hong Kong, the study evaluated the overall incidence of a second hip fracture and subsequent mortality in 43,832 patients, aged 65 or above, with operatively treated first hip fracture during the years 2000-2011...

The Protector

December 13, 2013 9:28 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products has developed ‘The Protector,’ a unique approach for pressure redistribution and to assist in the prevention skin chafing. The Protector is an easy-to-apply gel guard that adheres to the skin and serves as a defense from sources of irritation...

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The Pink Pad

December 12, 2013 11:01 am | by Xodus Medical | Xodus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Xodus Medical offers The Pink Pad designed for use in laparoscopic, open, and robotic procedures. The Pink Pad’s high coefficient of friction and anti-motion properties support and secure the patient without unnecessary pressure on the neck, shoulders or arms, providing high protection against nerve damage and pressure ulcers.

Slimline Abduction Pillow

December 5, 2013 10:21 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Product Releases | Comments

The Slimline Abduction Pillow from Innovative Medical Products, a global leader in patient positioning, is designed to assure greater patient comfort and easier nursing care after hip surgery. It has been used post-operatively for thousands of surgeries without a single reported dislocation. IMP’s Slimline Abduction Pillow is produced with a unique convoluted foam design for greater comfort. The pillow is 25” x 7.5” x 4”. Its universal design also accommodates most patients and is competitively priced.

Ultrasound Tables

December 4, 2013 10:38 am | by Biodex Medical Systems | Biodex Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of its’ new line of Ultrasound Tables. Biodex has redesigned the optional side rails to tuck underneath the table when not in use to allow clear access to the tabletop, and they are now mounted flush to the table, thus eliminating discomfort and reducing the reach required by the sonographer. The new cardiac scanning cushion has been redesigned to drop down and release from either side of the table, with nothing protruding.

Lindsey Vonn Delays Surgery On Re-Injured Knee

December 2, 2013 10:39 am | by Pat Graham, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Lindsey Vonn is delaying further surgery on her right knee for as long as possible in hopes of skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Vonn partially tore one of her reconstructed knee ligaments during a crash in training two weeks ago...  

Study: Non-Hip, Non-Vertebral Fractures May Increase The Risk Of Death

November 27, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

It is well known that hip and vertebral fractures increase the risk of premature death. Until now, little has been known about the clinical impact of non-hip, non-vertebral fractures – so new Australian research showing that they may also increase the risk of death will better inform treatment...

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How Can We Measure The Value And Impact Of Orthopedic Care?

November 26, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

"As the United States healthcare system shifts from one that rewards and incentivizes volume and intensity of services delivered to a more value-conscious payment and delivery system, orthopaedic surgeons will increasingly need to understand and implement the principles of value-based healthcare, " said Dr. Bozic, orthopaedic surgeon, health policy researcher, and senior author of a recent study...

Study: Resources For Injured Surgeons Are Limited

November 26, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Nearly half of orthopedic surgeons sustain at least one injury during their career and, in many cases, the resources available to them are inadequate, according to a recent study. The study is the first to demonstrate that many surgeons are injured on the job during their careers...

Derrick Rose's Latest Knee Injury Sheds Light On Frustrating Recovery Process

November 25, 2013 12:12 pm | by Andrew Seligman, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season. The team said that Rose had successful surgery Monday morning in Chicago to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee...                      

New Health Economics Study Highlights Long-Term Benefits Of Rotator Cuff Surgery

November 21, 2013 9:04 am | News | Comments

For patients who do require surgery, a new study published today in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) suggests surgical treatment for rotator cuff tears reduces indirect costs, including ability to work and fewer missed work days...

RIGIDFIX Curve Cross Pin System

November 12, 2013 10:41 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. Using the AM portal approach, the RIGIDFIX Curve System enables precise placement of two cross pins in the femoral tunnel.

Obesity May Limit Overall Function Two Years After Shoulder Replacement Surgery

November 11, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

The study found that with short-term follow-up, obesity does not have a detrimental effect on functional outcomes and complication rates in patients after TSA. In the normal BMI patient group, both the shoulder function and the overall physical function improved after TSA. However, among patients diagnosed with obesity, the shoulder function improved after TSA, but the overall physical function did not improve at final follow-up...

Q&A: Tools Of The Trade

November 8, 2013 4:04 pm | Articles | Comments

Joseph Burkhardt D.O. of Southern Michigan Orthopaedics and Becky Klein, Director of Clinical Operations for Brookside Surgery, discussed challenges related to knee replacement surgery, orthopaedic instrumentation, technological advancements, and more in a recent interview with Surgical Products.

HONORABLE MENTION -- Innovative Medical Products' Tri-Pull Secure Shoulder Solution

November 8, 2013 1:00 pm | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

IMP’s Tri-Pull Secure Shoulder Solution employs three proven systems (Phase4 Gel Splint, Reznik Universal Shoulder Positioner, De Mayo RoTractor) to distract and control precise rotation of the shoulder during arthroscopic surgery. The RoTractor delivers incremental amounts of arm rotation while maintaining shoulder distraction at the same time.

HONORABLE MENTION -- HoverTech International’s HT-Wedge Adjustable Positioning Device

November 8, 2013 12:43 pm | by HoverTech International | HoverTech International | Product Releases | Comments

HoverTech International’s HT-Wedge Adjustable Positioning Device inflates to lift and position patients for improved visualization during intubation.  The dual chamber design allows the head and chest to be adjusted separately, making it easier to achieve ear to sternal notch positioning regardless of the patient’s body type.

Quantum Shoulder Positioning System 'Beach Chair'

November 7, 2013 9:38 am | by Quantum OPS | Product Releases | Comments

The Quantum Shoulder Positioning System "Beach Chair" features fast no-lift mounting and setup. Simply roll it up and pop in two pins. Removal is equally effortless. Also features powered patient elevation and instant, rigid patient fixation for the entire case, with superior site access. 500 pound weight limit, yet pediatric compatible. Fast, easy and safe, available July 1.

THIRD PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Action Products' Replacement Table Pads

November 5, 2013 2:08 pm | by Action Products | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Action Original Replacement Table Pads from Action Products are the best value in pressure reducing replacement table pads. The recently upgraded composite pad now has an infection control design with an attached Shear Smart surface of 3/8” Akton polymer. The pair creates a clinically proven pad, with waterfall construction, 100 percent no stitch construction, welded water/fluid proof seams and a 360-degree stretch surface.

SECOND PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Steris's Orthopedic Surgical Table

November 5, 2013 1:51 pm | by Steris | Steris Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new Steris OT 1000 Series Orthopedic Surgical Table marks a groundbreaking leap forward for perioperative departments. Its intelligent SWAN technology allows virtually effortless movement of the patient for anterior approach total hip arthroplasty (AATHA), fracture reduction, and many other orthopedic procedures.

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