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  1. 9 spine surgeons surpassing 100 robotic cases this year

    Since its launch in 2017, Globus Medical's ExcelsiusGPS spine robot has been used in almost 30,000 procedures as adoption continues across the spine industry.
  2. 4 spine, orthopedic surgeon leadership moves

    The new head of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and three more orthopedic surgeon leadership appointments since July 1:
  3. 12 Stryker developments in the last 6 months

    Key notes on medical technology giant Stryker's moves reported by Becker's from Feb. 10 to June 12:

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  1. Orthopedic surgeon must face suit in patient's death

    An orthopedic physician will have to face a lawsuit over allegations he failed to diagnose cancer in a patient's leg, according to the Texas Court of Appeals.
  2. South Carolina hospital adds spine, neurosurgery program

    Roper St. Francis hospital in Charleston, S.C., added a spine and neurosurgery program in May, NBC affiliate Count on News 2 reported July 21.
  3. ThedaCare and Neuroscience group opening orthopedic, spine center

    ThedaCare and Neuroscience Group, both based in Neenah, Wis., are opening a new comprehensive medical center specializing in orthopedics, spine and pain care. 
  4. Startup aims to disrupt the robotic spine industry: How will competitors react?

    Two of the biggest drawbacks of legacy spine robots are their size and cost, but one newly formed spine company has launched a system that it argues is more suited to ASCs and hospitals with small operating rooms.

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  1. Dr. Rajeev Puri performs Chicago area's 1st smart knee replacement

    Rajiv Puri, MD, of Bradley, Ill.-based Oak Orthopedics, performed the first smart knee replacement in the greater Chicago area on June 20.
  2. Dr. Richard Berger pioneers concierge telehealth program for joint replacement patients

    Richard Berger, MD, of Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, created a telehealth program for total joint replacement patients.
  3. 8 developments in regenerative medicine

    From a notable stem cell study to newly launched products, here are eight updates in regenerative orthopedic medicine:
  4. Spineway acquires cervical, lumbar disc prostheses developer

    Spineway acquired France-based Spine Innovations, a company specializing in cervical and lumbar disc prostheses.
  1. Dr. Ed McDevitt inducted to AOSSM hall of fame

    Orthopedic surgeon Ed McDevitt, MD, was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's hall of fame.
  2. Orthopedic clinic must face false claims trial, kickback allegations

    Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic will have to face trial on some accusations that the practice violated the False Claims Act through kickback-related Medicare and Medicaid claims, according to an order from Georgia's Middle District court.
  3. Geisinger partners with group purchasing organization to reduce the cost of spine, orthopedic devices

    Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger has partnered with Excelerate to create savings for patients by using a physician-engagement sourcing model for surgical supplies.
  4. Hip implant system boosts stability after replacement surgery, small study finds

    A novel reverse hip implant system shows promise in boosting hip stability after total replacement surgery, orthopedic device company Hip Innovation Technology said July 20.
  5. Dr. Ahmer Ghori performs 1st awake spinal fusion with Wenzel Spine implant

    The first awake spinal fusion with Wenzel Spine's VariLift-LX interbody implant has been completed, the company said in a July 21 news release. 
  6. Carrum Health, Cleveland Clinic expand orthopedic, spine care in Florida

    Carrum Health is partnering with Cleveland Clinic Weston (Fla.) Hospital to expand complex joint and spine care to members in Florida.
  7. The accomplishments 2 orthopedic surgeons are proud of halfway through 2022

    Reflecting on the first half of 2022, two orthopedic surgeons told Becker's their proudest achievements so far.
  8. Dr. Douglas Crowther completes 100 robotic-assisted surgeries in less than a year

    Douglas Crowther, DO, completed his 100th robot-assisted procedure in under one year using ExcelsiusGPS technology.
  9. Medtronic's spine software cleared, Surgalign's partnership and more: 5 device company notes

    New data on an augmented reality surgical system and four more updates from spine medtech companies in the last week:

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