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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,...

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...

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...

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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.

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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. ...                       

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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. ...

Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery Has Setbacks

December 1, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

McMaster University researchers have found that current evidence does not support the routine use of minimally invasive surgery to remove herniated disc material pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in the neck or lower back. ...    

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New Back Surgery Technology Gives Ailing Woman Promising Future

November 26, 2014 10:47 am | by Meghan Yost, WTNH.com | News | Comments

At the recent weddings of both her son and daughter, Julie Chasse danced the night away. “I actually bent my knees and kind of wiggled,” Chasse recalled. But that almost wasn’t possible. “I’ve had back pain for years, and as the years passed, it started radiating down my left leg and then to my right leg and my sciatica,” Chasse explained ...

Groundbreaking Surgery Could Help Arizona Man Walk Again

November 13, 2014 10:41 am | by Foxnews.com | News | Comments

Doctors hope a Scottsdale, Ariz. man who severed his spine in a dirt bike accident will regain the ability to walk after becoming the first-ever patient to undergo a groundbreaking new spinal cord surgery.      

Arm Pain in Young Baseball Players Common, Preventable

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

he most in-dept survey of its kind found that arm pain is common among supposedly healthy young baseball players and nearly half have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain. The findings suggest that more detailed and individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in young ballplayers ...

Stryker to Pay $1.43 Billion in Hip Replacement Lawsuit

November 4, 2014 10:59 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical implant maker Stryker will pay at least $1.43 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who had to have surgery to remove problematic hip implants, under a deal announced Monday. The agreement, brokered by a New Jersey Superior Court judge, resolves state and federal lawsuits against the maker of orthopedics ...

Surgery for Spinal Stenosis All Over the Map

November 4, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

When it comes to surgical interventions for spinal stenosis, patients across the country are subject to an "accident of geography" that makes spinal decompression surgery more than 8 times as likely in Tacoma, Washington, than the Bronx, New York, and spinal fusion surgery 14 times more frequent in Tyler, Texas, than Bangor, Maine ... 

Preterm, Low-Weight Babies May Need New Hips as Adults

November 3, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Australia report that low birth weight and preterm birth are linked to increased risk for osteoarthritis (OA)-related hip replacements in adulthood. Findings published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that low birth weight and pre-term babies were not at greater risk of knee arthroplasty due to OA as adults ... 

Mild Depressive Symptoms Weaken Spinal Stenosis Surgery Outcome

October 30, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery ...

Patients Do Better After Surgery If They 'Prehab'

October 30, 2014 11:02 am | by Katherine Hobson, NPR | News | Comments

People are often told to follow a rehabilitation program following surgery to speed recovery. But starting weeks before going under the knife might help them regain function even faster. So-called "prehabilitation" to prepare someone for an upcoming stressful event has been used quite a bit in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Julie Silver, a physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, tells Shots ...

'Watch' Cites Concern About Flexible Reamer Breakage in ACL Reconstruction

October 23, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding concerns over flexible reamer breakage during anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction. Flexible reamers help surgeons achieve optimal femoral-tunnel parameters, but they are prone to breakage in certain situations, as the "Watch" article explains ...

Teenage Baseball Pitchers at Risk for Permanent Shoulder Injury

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Young baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are at risk for a newly identified overuse injury that can impede normal shoulder development and lead to additional problems, including rotator cuff tears, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology ...

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Now a Reality

October 9, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities ...

Many Elite College Athletes Return To Play After ACL Surgery

September 24, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

The majority of athletes included in a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine were able to return to play after having surgery to repair an ACL. The study also found that athletes who had ACL surgery when they were in high school or younger were much more likely to suffer repeat ACL reinjuries than athletes who experienced their first ACL injury during collegiate play ...

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