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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...

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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.

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

November 5, 2013 1:51 pm | by Steris | 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.

New Ligament Discovered In The Human Knee

November 5, 2013 11:32 am | News | Comments

Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered a previously undescribed ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears...      

Orthopedic Surgical Table

October 31, 2013 9:14 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

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.

HT-Wedge Adjustable Positioning Device

October 31, 2013 9:10 am | 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.

Study: People Who Are Socially Isolated Experience More Pain After Hip Replacement

October 28, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

Could being socially isolated affect how well you do and the amount of pain you experience after surgery? Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) set out to test this hypothesis. They found that people who lacked good social ties were much more likely to experience serious, ongoing pain following total hip replacement surgery two or more years after the procedure...

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The Pink Pad

October 27, 2013 7:06 pm | by Xodus Medical | Xodus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Vertebral Augmentation For Spinal Fractures Offers Greater Patient Survival And Overall Cost Savings

October 17, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

A study of 69,000 Medicare patient records led by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that people with spine compression fractures who undergo operations to strengthen back bones with cement survive longer and have shorter overall hospital stays than those who stick with bed rest, pain control, and physical therapy...

Opioid Use Common After Spine Surgery

October 10, 2013 11:39 am | by John Fauber | News | Comments

One year after surgery to relieve back pain, about of third of patients still were using narcotic painkillers, according to a study that raised new concerns about the long-term use of opioids. The finding, presented at the North American Spine Society meeting here, emerged from an analysis of data from 172 patients who underwent elective surgery for repair of the cervical spine...

Slimline Abduction Pillow

October 3, 2013 5:03 pm | 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.

In Spectrum of ACL Injury Treatment, New Study Reveals Cost Savings for Those Who Need Surgery

October 3, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

To aid in the decision making process, a study published today in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) offers new information for those considering or needing ACL surgery. For the first time, researchers assessed the economic and societal impact of surgery in relation to the cost of the procedure and confirmed a significant cost savings to society over time...

Robot Accessory System For Positioning

October 1, 2013 9:59 am | by Medicus | Product Releases | Comments

Medicus offers a robot accessory system for extreme Trendelenburg positioning. According to the company, this system consists of two important components that make extreme robotic positioning safer, easier, and faster while assisting in reducing nosocomial infections. The TrenGuard 450 Trendelenburg Patient Restraint component uses the concavity behind the neck to keep patients weighing up to 450 lbs. from sliding. Set up time is less than two minutes.

Growing Concerns Related To Intraprosthetic Dislocation Of Dual-Mobility Hip Implants

September 26, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding early intraprosthetic dislocation with dual-mobility hip implants. The "Watch" is based on two case reports published in the September 25th issue, in addition to recent cases in the orthopaedic literature pointing to similar problems...

The Tibial Distractor

September 25, 2013 9:55 am | by Innovative Medical Products | 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. The IMP solution also eliminates lengthy, fracture table set-up time and is autoclavable for multiple cases.

Steroid Shots Ease Carpal Tunnel

September 20, 2013 2:41 pm | by Salynn Boyles | News | Comments

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome reported fewer symptoms several months after receiving steroid injections, but most still opted for surgery within a year to relieve persistent pain, researchers said. The findings confirm that steroid injections provided short-term relief of carpal tunnel pain, but did not result in long-term symptom relief in the majority of patients...

Study Supports Back Braces For Scoliosis

September 20, 2013 2:37 pm | by Michael Smith | News | Comments

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...

New Treatment For 'Arthritis Of The Spine' Prevents Paralysis

September 20, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

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...

The Back Pain Most Surgeons Won't Find

September 18, 2013 9:57 am | by Dr. Nick Shamie | Articles | Comments

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...

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