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  1. Chronic opioid use risk increased in spinal deformity patients with 4 or more years of pain

    A new Johns Hopkins Medicine study published in the July issue of Spine Deformity found that patients who undergo adult spinal deformity operations and use opioids for four or more years before surgery have higher odds of relying on post-surgery opioids chronically. 
  2. Insurer OKs ZimVie's spine device, Accelus lands investment and more: 5 medtech notes

    Early study data on 3D-printed implants and four more updates from spine devicemakers since July 6:
  3. New orthopedic, sports medicine center opens in Texas

    Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has opened a new facility in Kingwood, Texas, CI Community Impact reported. 

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  1. OrthoPediatrics signs agreement with 3D software developer

    OrthoPediatrics has signed an agreement with 3D-Side, a Belgian software developer that manufactures patient specific 3D cutting guides. 
  2. How spine surgery will evolve in the next phase of value-based care: 6 surgeon insights

    From risk-sharing payment models to increased scrutiny placed on hospital surgeons and expanded data collection and integration, six surgeons predict how the specialty will change as healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service model toward value-based care.
  3. Kansas neurosurgeon completes 100 robotic-assisted procedures in 18 months

    A Kansas neurosurgeon recently marked his 100th robotic-assisted procedure in 18 months. 
  4. 3 cervical disc replacement devices get FDA's pre-market approval

    Centinel Spine earned FDA approval for three more Prodisc total disc replacement devices.

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  1. Number of orthopedic surgeons in all 50 states — California has 2,406

    Almost 23,000 orthopedic surgeons practice in the U.S., according to Definitive Healthcare's PhysicianView, which includes data on more than 2 million physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the U.S.
  2. Dr. Wilson Choy performs 1st orthopedic case at $124M surgical hospital

    Surgeons at Beebe Healthcare's new Specialty Surgical Hospital performed surgery on its first patient, the Cape Gazette reported July 12. 
  3. 10 orthopedic surgeons to know

    Here are 10 orthopedic surgeons to know:
  4. Inpatient spinal fusion costs in all 50 states

    Alaska is the most expensive state to undergo spinal fusion surgery and Iowa is the least expensive, according to Sidecar Health's care calculator, which outlines the average cash price for every procedure, test and drug in the U.S. healthcare system. 
  1. Mayfield Brain & Spine adds neurosurgeon Dr. Zachary Plummer

    Zachary Plummer, MD, joined Cincinnati-based Mayfield Brain & Spine on July 5.
  2. 5 places hiring spine surgeons

    Here are five places hiring spine surgeons, using LinkedIn's job search tool:
  3. New drug could help repair spinal cord injury in patients

    Scientists in the U.K. have found that a new drug being tested for cancer therapy may also be able to reduce damage in patients with spinal cord injuries.
  4. Mayfield Brain and Spine Center to submit plans for new ASC in Ohio

    Mayfield Brain and Spine Center plans to build a new facility with an ASC in Springboro, Ohio, according to a July 12 Journal-News report. 
  5. Early results show promise for 3D-printed titanium spine implants

    Six-month data for Nexxt Spine's Matrixx 3D-printed titanium interbody implant showed strong results compared to poly-ether-ether-ketone devices.
  6. Minimally invasive implants cleared for lumbar spinal stenosis

    Aurora Spine received FDA clearance for its Zip minimally invasive spine implants.
  7. Biohaven commences phase 3 spinal muscular atrophy trial

    Biohaven has begun enrolling patients for a phase 3 trial of recombinant protein taldefgrobep alfa on individuals with spinal muscular atrophy. 
  8. Spine devicemaker lands $12M funding

    Privately held medical technology company Accelus has received a $12 million series D investment from Concord Innovation Fund II to accelerate its work on minimally invasive spinal surgery research. 
  9. Private equity creeps further into orthopedics: 15 practice partnerships in 2022

    An increasing number of independent orthopedic practices are seeking strategic partnerships with private equity firms and management services organizations as a way to steady the ship in the midst of a challenging economic environment. 

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