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  1. ACDF in 10 years: CDR may become gold standard but 'we will always need both'

    Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the most common surgery for treating symptoms related to a degenerative or herniated disc in the neck, but other techniques may offer more benefits to patients, depending on their spinal condition.
  2. 'On the precipice of dramatic change': 2 orthopedic surgeons on the future of independent practices

    Orthopedic consolidation has grown in the last year, and management services organizations continue to draw orthopedic groups. This growing trend has some surgeons questioning if independent practices will remain standing.
  3. Patient-specific 3D-printed robotic spine replica allows preview of implant complications, performance

    Researchers at Florida Atlantic University and the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, both based in Boca Raton, have created a robotic replica of a human spine using 3D printing that enables surgeons to preview the effects of spinal implants prior to an operation.

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  1. Implanet revenue grew 58% last year

    Global medical technology company Implanet saw a 58 percent increase in revenue in 2021, the company said Jan. 18. 
  2. Willis-Knighton named Center of Excellence in robotic surgery

    Nonprofit patient safety organization Surgical Review Corporation designated Shreveport, La.-based Willis-Knighton Health System as a Center of Excellence in robotic surgery, Bossier Press-Tribune said Jan. 19.
  3. Surgeon quality tool first to add metrics for appropriateness, outcomes

    San Francisco-based digital health company Carrum Health has incorporated metrics on patient outcomes and procedure appropriateness into its provider recommendation platform.
  4. Berkshire Medical Center earns Joint Commission gold seal for total hip, knee

    Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Medical Center earned The Joint Commission's gold seal certification for total hip and knee replacement, The Berkshire Eagle said Jan. 18.

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  1. Nevro's spine stimulation system to treat back pain cleared by FDA

    Medical device company Nevro received FDA approval to use its Senza spinal cord stimulation system to treat nonsurgical refractory back pain, the company said Jan. 19. 
  2. Dr. Saad Chaudhary: AI will help spine surgery outcomes

    Saad Chaudhary, MD, a minimally invasive spine surgeon at New York City-based Mount Sinai, pointed to robotics and artificial intelligence as key players as spine technology evolves.
  3. Smith+Nephew acquires cementless partial knee system for $135M

    Smith+Nephew acquired Engage Surgical, which has the only cementless partial knee system commercially available in the U.S.
  4. Dr. Orr Limpisvasti to operate on Cleveland Browns quarterback

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was scheduled to have shoulder surgery Jan. 19, according to a tweet from an ESPN reporter.
  1. 2 CEO moves, promising spinal cord stimulation data & more: 8 device company notes

    Augmedics' new CEO and seven more updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last week:
  2. Orthopedic surgeon terminated after hospital closure joins different OSF facility

    An orthopedic surgeon whose employment was terminated after the abrupt closure of Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital on Jan. 8 has joined OSF HealthCare's St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
  3. Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, partners to redevelop shopping mall

    Birmingham, Ala.-based Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center is one of several medical groups that partnered to transform a shopping mall into a healthcare facility, Birmingham Business Journal reported Jan. 18.
  4. Employee at Illinois orthopedic group gets 1 year in prison for fraudulent opioid scripts

    An administrative assistant at Westmont, Ill.-based Hinsdale Orthopaedics has been sentenced to one year in prison for writing fraudulent opioid prescriptions.
  5. Orthofix partners to develop AI guidance systems

    Orthofix and nView Medical have partnered to develop and co-market artificial intelligence-driven guidance systems for spine and orthopedic cases.
  6. US hospital may take as many as 300 spine patients off surgery waiting list in Canada

    Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., plans to admit as many as 300 spine patients who have been waiting a year or more for surgery at Manitoba Shared Health in Canada, CBC News reported Jan. 19.
  7. 6 reasons neuro, spine surgeons should be the only specialists to perform spinal fusion

    Technological innovations have made it possible for nonsurgeon clinicians, such as physiatrists and pain management anesthesiologists, to perform less invasive spinal fusions in outpatient settings, but spine societies are warning against the potential dangers of such specialists performing these procedures without the same anatomical training surgeons have.
  8. Pioneering orthopedic surgery professor honored for lifetime achievements

    Louis Gerstenfeld, PhD, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine, has earned the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orthopedic Research Society International Section of Fracture Repair.
  9. Spine device company sees milestone growth in sacroiliac joint division

    Austin-based devicemaker Genesys Spine reported 184 percent year-over-year revenue growth in its sacroiliac joint division in 2021.

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