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  1. 'Not just a gimmick': 16 experts on prone lateral spine surgery

    Prone lateral spine surgery offers an alternative to the lateral decubitus position and eliminates the need to move a patient during the surgery. The technique has yet to be widely adopted, and while some surgeons see potential, others don't see it taking a grip on the industry any time soon.
  2. Neurosurgeon faces trial in patient death case

    A woman is suing Casper-based Wyoming Medical Center and two physicians for wrongful death on behalf of her husband who had spine surgery in 2018, K2 Radio reported Jan. 18.
  3. Why 2 Chicago-area orthopedic powerhouses became one

    Brian Cole, MD, managing partner at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Brian Bear, MD, president of OrthoIllinois have a longstanding friendship. They have known each other for almost 30 years and were in the same residency class at New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery.

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  1. Companion Spine acquires Backbone SAS

    New York City-based devicemaker Companion Spine acquired Backbone SAS, a medtech company in Bordeaux, France.
  2. Dr. April Armstrong named vice president of orthopedics at Penn State Health

    April Armstrong, MD, was named vice president for orthopedics at Hershey, Pa.-based Penn State Health Medical Group.
  3. 4 medtech notes: Saluda Medica, VySpine and more

    Here are four updates in orthopedic and spine medtech since Jan. 11:
  4. Orthopedic surgeons with higher surgical volume see improved outcomes, lower patient costs, study finds

    Orthopedic surgeons with high surgical volume were found to have better patient outcomes, according to research from Clarify Health Institute.

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  1. Spine practice leader among 2 buying medical office building space for $1.1M

    Tamer Ghaly, MD, a pain management specialist and owner of Waterbury, Conn.-based iSpine and his partner, Marian Ghaly, bought four office units a Waterbury medical office complex for $1.1 million, Hartford Business Journal reported Jan. 17.
  2. Spine patient sues UC San Diego, alleges he woke up during surgery

    A man who had spine surgery in 2017 is suing University of California San Diego alleging he woke up during the four-hour procedure, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Jan. 17.  
  3. New CPT code for 2-level lumbar disc replacement goes into effect

    The American Medical Association issued a CPT add-on code for the second level in lumbar total disc procedures, devicemaker Centinel Spine said Jan. 18.
  4. 7 things to know about Novant Health's new neuroscience institute

    In January, Novant Health opened its new Neurosciences Institute-New Hanover in Wilmington, N.C., to treat patients with brain and spine injuries from Southeastern North Carolina. Here are seven things to know about the institute: 
  1. Saluda Medical's spinal cord stimulator effective in 36-month study

    A long-term study of Saluda Medical's Evoke spinal cord stimulator found most patients had significant pain reduction and no explants, the devicemaker said Jan. 17.
  2. VySpine lumbar fusion device gets FDA clearance

    VySpine's LumiVy NanoVy Ti lumbar interbody fusion system earned FDA clearance, the devicemaker said Jan. 17.
  3. Idaho hospital adds spinal navigation system

    The North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, Idaho, has added Globus Medical's robotic spinal surgery navigation system, Excelsius GPS, to its practice, according to a Jan. 16 report from Twin Falls, Idaho, CBS affiliate KMVT.
  4. Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein named orthopedic chair at Illinois hospital

    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., has appointed Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, as its new chair of the department of orthopedic surgery, according to a Jan. 16 report from the Daily Herald. 
  5. Texas hospital to add 6 orthopedic operating rooms

    The Christus Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute's NorthPark campus in Longview, Texas, plans to add six orthopedic operating rooms, according to a Jan. 15 report from the Longview News-Journal. 
  6. NFL player fined $13K for shoving Detroit Lions physician

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker was hit with a fine of $13,261 after shoving a physician from the Detroit Lions, espn.com reported Jan. 14. 
  7. UPMC acquires orthopedic hospital in Ireland

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC is acquiring the Sports Surgery Clinic in the Dublin suburb of Santry, Ireland, marking its fourth hospital in the country. 
  8. Campbell Clinic plans 3rd Mississippi location

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Campbell Clinic plans to open a location in Oxford, Miss., The Oxford Eagle reported Jan. 16.
  9. Twin Cities Orthopedics opens bioengineering lab

    Golden Valley, Minn.-based Twin Cities Orthopedics opened a bioengineering lab in Eagan, Minn. Jan. 16.

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