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  1. FDA fast-tracks drug for spinal cord injury

    AbbVie's elezanumab on Sept. 29 received Fast Track designation for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injury.
  2. Smith+Nephew agrees to $240M deal to acquire Integra LifeSciences' extremity orthopedics line

    Smith+Nephew on Sept. 29 agreed to acquire the extremity orthopedics business from Integra LifeSciences for $240 million in cash.
  3. Pennsylvania hospital performs its 1st spine case with updated navigation system

    Meadville (Pa.) Medical Center  recently performed its first spine surgery with StealthStation S8, a navigation system that integrates with Medtronic's O-Arm imaging system, according to The Meadville Tribune.

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  1. 6 spine device startups to watch

    The transition to virtual healthcare conferences due to COVID-19 means less opportunity for vendors to offer educational support, debut solutions and attract new clients.
  2. Detroit Medical Center hires Dr. Sonia Eden; looks to revive neurosurgery program

    The addition of Sonia Eden, MD, could go a long way toward re-establishing Detroit Medical Center's neurosurgery residency program.
  3. EmergeOrtho to fold in sports medicine practice — 3 things to know

    Wilmington, N.C.-based Cape Fear Sports Medicine will become part of Raleigh, N.C.-based EmergeOrtho Oct. 1, according to a Sept. 4 announcement.
  4. Florida magazine honors Dr. Dror Paley for business acumen

    Florida Trend Magazine has named Dror Paley, MD, to its Florida 500 list, recognizing the spine surgeon for his business expertise, South Florida Hospital News reported Sept. 22.

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  1. Congress of Neurological Surgeons appoints Dr. Brian Hoh president

    Brian Hoh, MD, has been named president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, a professional society with more than 9,800 members, according to The Gainesville Sun.
  2. Pennsylvania hospital adds 4 physicians to bolster orthopedics

    State College, Pa.-based University Orthopedics Center providers joined Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's team of experts, according to local news outlet WTAJ.
  3. Total Joint Orthopedics joins forces with robotics company to improve TKR: 4 insights

    Implant maker Total Joint Orthopedics is collaborating with Think Surgical, an orthopedic robotics company, to help surgeons enhance total knee replacement procedures.
  4. Orthopedic device company launches shoulder arthroplasty instruments

    Orthopedic device company FH Ortho launched its Arrow Prime Advanced Instrumentation for shoulder arthroplasty in the U.S. Sept. 24.
  1. Rush partners with Select Medical to open new hospital, operate physical therapy centers

    Chicago-based Rush University System for Health and Select Medical entered into a joint venture to operate a critical illness recovery hospital, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and 63 physical therapy centers.
  2. Private equity-backed spine device maker files for IPO — 4 key details

    Spinal Elements filed for an initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange, according to PitchBook.
  3. Meet Bingham Memorial's 4-surgeon crew using Mako in knee, hip surgeries

    Four orthopedic surgeons at Blackfoot, Idaho-based Bingham Memorial Hospital are trained to use Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, according to the Bingham County Chronicle.
  4. Ohio system expects to spend millions on new orthopedic center — 3 things to know

    Zanesville, Ohio-based Genesis HealthCare System broke ground Sept. 22 on an orthopedic center expected to cost several million dollars, according to Y-City News.
  5. Dr. Mark Erickson performs 100th robotic-assisted pediatric spine surgery — 3 details

    Orthopedic surgeon Mark Erickson, MD, of Children's Hospital Colorado completed his 100th robotic-assisted pediatric spine surgery, according to CBS Denver.
  6. 6 spine surgeons on the biggest obstacle they face going forward

    Insurance companies and the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic are some of the issues at the forefront of spine surgeons' minds. Here, six surgeons discuss the biggest obstacles to the specialty going forward. 
  7. Work progressing on three-way joint-venture orthopedic surgery center in New York

    Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Saratoga Hospital, Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and Albany-based Capital Region Orthopedics are developing an orthopedic surgery center despite COVID-19 delaying Saratoga Hospital's other projects, the Albany Business Review reports.
  8. Los Angeles Chargers doctor punctured lung of quarterback Tyrod Taylor while administering injection 

    A Los Angeles Chargers team physician accidentally punctured the lung of quarterback Tyrod Taylor while administering a pain-killing injection, the team told ESPN Sept. 23. 
  9. CMS pay cut for 26 spine surgeries included in 2021 proposal

    CMS released the 2021 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in August, which would reduce relative value unit conversion factor from $36.09 to $32.26.

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