In adolescent patients with idiopathic scoliosis, back braces decreased the progression of curves to the point where surgery would be needed, researchers reported. In a prospective, partly randomized study, bracing led to treatment success in 72 percent of patients, compared with 48 percent of those who were simply observed over time...
In a world-first, decompression surgery has been shown to be an effective procedure to treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) – a common progressive, degenerative disease of the spine that can lead to paralysis – according to the results of a multi-center clinical trial published today...
Studies have found that 20 to 25 percent of all chronic lower back pain comes not from the spine but from the sacroliac, or SI, joint, which bears and transfers weight and movement from your upper body to your legs. Most spine surgeons, however, aren't trained to look at the sacroiliac joint; they generally don't learn about it during their residency or fellowships...
Actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films, has had double knee-replacement surgery at a Texas hospital. Mayhew was recovering Wednesday at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Angie Mayhew says her 69-year-old husband had the surgery Monday and hopes to walk again. She says her spouse has been using a wheelchair for two years.
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.
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 Ducharme Fracture Alignment Device from Innovative Medical Products simplifies the reduction of a femoral fracture for a closed intramedullary nailing through a sterile application. The surgical device increases the leverage applied during alignment of the fracture fragments.
The Steris OT 1000 orthopedic surgical table features the company's intelligent SWAN technology, a unique buoyant articulation capability that allows virtually effortless movement of the patient for anterior approach total hip arthroplasty (AATHA), fracture reduction, and many other orthopedic procedures. Slide, traction, and rotation of the boot are controlled with one hand, and fluid movement of the leg spar is managed by the other hand.
"Radiography is unnecessary for most children's ankle injuries, and these high rates of radiography needlessly expose children to radiation and are a questionable use of resources," writes Dr. Kathy Boutis, a pediatric emergency department physician at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto, with coauthors.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) 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.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) 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.
Most professional athletes are able to return to competition within a year after vertebral fusion surgery on the upper (cervical) spine, reports a study. The study focused on criteria for making return-to-play (RTP) recommendations. The patients were eight football players and seven wrestlers.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Action Original Replacement Table Pads 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 Healix Advance Knotless Anchor features dual-thread technology to maximize fixation and pull-out strength in both cancellous and cortical bone, and a multi-thread design that enables fast insertion into bone. Additionally, the device eliminates the need for arthroscopic knot tying.
A natural tissue graft can spur regeneration of cartilage and improve symptoms in patients who have cartilage damage in their knee, according to a study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery. The new research, the first case-series evaluation of De Novo NT Natural Tissue Graft, will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), to be held July 11-14, in Chicago.
Lower-extremity stress fractures often occurred in association with potentially modifiable muscular and biomechanical factors, according to a study of 1,800 military cadets. Women were almost three times as likely as men to have lower-extremity stress fractures and lower-extremity stress fractures often occurred in association with potentially modifiable muscular and biomechanical factors.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Xodus Medical announces “THE PINK PAD” (Pigazzi Patient Positioning System) for Steep Trendelenburg Positioning. For use in robotic and laparoscopic colorectal, hysterectomy & prostate procedures, it offers the safest, most effective method in preventing patients from slipping, while also protecting against tissue breakdown, safeguarding against brachial plexus nerve injuries and eliminating risk of cross-contamination.
Getting back surgery to fix fractures caused by compression of the spine may not be any more beneficial than more conservative treatments, according to a new study of Medicare patients. Researchers found that people who had so-called spinal augmentation had a similar likelihood of dying or having major complications as those who didn't have the surgery.
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) surgery is a common knee injury procedure, but the overall incidence rate of having to go through it again within 24 months is six times greater than someone who has never had an ACL tear, according to researchers.
Pitchers with a deficit of more than five degrees in total range of motion (TRM) in their dominant shoulder had a 2.3 times higher risk of injury, while pitchers with a deficit of five or more degrees in shoulder flexion of the dominant shoulder had a 2.8 times higher risk of injury.
Orthopedic oncologists and surgical oncologists, who have been trained in the complex procedures required to remove sarcomas located deep in the muscles and other soft tissues of the limbs, conducted only 52 percent of these operations at 85 academic medical centers during a three year period, according to an analysis of national data.
Many survivors of Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco have a surprising pattern of spine injuries that a doctor says shows how violently they were shaken despite wearing seat belts. So far, two people are unable to move their legs — doctors don't yet know if the damage is permanent — and several others have needed surgery to stabilize their spines.
By self adjusting to the patient in a rapid and reproducible manner, a new positioner may allay ancillary staff anxiety about positioning and allow more effective team participation during the time consuming positioning of the shoulder patient. In this way, the hidden cost of delayed OR turnover and poor positioning may be averted. Moreover, reproducible and rapid positioning may be achieved.
The Steris OT 1000 Series Orthopedic Surgical Table is designed to offer superior control and access to the operative site. The revolutionary SWAN technology provides virtually effortless movement of the anatomy for Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty (AATHA), fracture reduction, and many other orthopedic procedures.
Action Products Inc. has expanded its Action brand positioners line with two more head pads and three positioners to protect the smallest of patients. Incrementally different sized products are meaningful to improving the quality of care for this patient population.