Yesterday Minneapolis-based Medtronic announced the global launch of a new Sagittal Adjusting Screw for its CD Horizon Solera Spinal System.


The new screw has a fixed cobalt chrome head and is designed to allow surgeons to position it with the spine's natural curvature.


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Data from Medtronic sales representatives suggests that virtual training for surgery may be of interest to spine surgeons; 40 percent of sales representatives for iPad-based surgery simulators indicated that a surgeon who had used the app was far more likely to sign up for another educational activity.
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Andrews Spine Institute and Baptist Hospital in Gulf Breeze, Fla., have begun to offer surgery with Medtronic's O-arm interoperable imaging platform. 
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Spine The North American Spine Society released a statement responding to the Yale Open Data Access Project that published two studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing lower degrees of efficacy and higher rates of adverse effects with the use of rhBMP-2 than originally reported by industry-sponsored studies.
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The newest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine contains two studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Medtronic's recombinant human bone morphogenic protein, Infuse, in spinal fusion surgery.
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Medtronic's ReDuX Plier instrument for osteotomies received a CE Mark and has been launched in Europe.
NuVasive had to raise its litigation royalty expense estimate for the year after a U.S. District Court set royalty rates for the company's CoRoent XL implants at 13.75 percent and MaXcess retractors at 8.25 percent.
Dr. William Sonstein on spine surgeryWilliam Sonstein, MD, FACS, senior partner at Neurological Surgery, chief of neurosurgery at North Shore-LIJ Hospital at Plainview (N.Y.) and co-chief of neurosurgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bethpage, N.Y., is among the early adopters of new technologies that may help prevent complications for spine surgery: the Medtronic Aquamantys System, Stryker Sonopet Aspirator and Misonix Sonastar Ultrasonic Aspiration System.
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The spinal implant market in the U.S. is now worth more than $5.5 billion, $1.5 billion of which is made up of minimally invasive spine implants, according to reports from iData Research.
InstrumentsMitek Sports Medicine, based in Raynham, Mass., has the launched the HEALIX TRANSTEND Implant System, a minimally invasive partial thickness rotator cuff repair system, and the accompanying HEALIX 3.4mm Suture Anchor.
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