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  1. Biggest safety challenges amid the return to elective surgeries — 5 spine, orthopedic surgeons discuss

    Five spine and orthopedic surgeons discuss where the biggest safety concerns lie for patients and staff during the return to elective surgeries. By Alan Condon and Laura Dyrda -
  2. Michigan providers sue governor over emergency declaration, aim to resume orthopedic surgery

    Four Michigan healthcare providers and a patient seeking a knee replacement filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer May 12 claiming that the state of emergency violates constitutional rights, Mlive reports. By Alan Condon -
  3. The 'new normal' in spine: 11 surgeon predictions

    Eleven spine surgeons answer the question: What will the 'new normal' look like in spine post-pandemic. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. How to sustainably resume elective total joints: A road map from Drs. Richard Iorio, William Healy & more

    A new paper in The Journal of Arthroplasty outlines six economic pillars required to successfully and sustainably restart elective orthopedic surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Angie Stewart -
  2. 'I haven't pulled the trigger': Texas orthopedic surgeon continues to postpone elective surgeries despite green light

    Orthopedic surgeon Randall Schulz, MD, is continuing to postpone elective surgeries despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott loosening restrictions on nonemergent procedures in late April, Community Impact Newspaper reports. By Alan Condon -
  3. How COVID-19 has affected Medtronic, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson's shares over the last month

    Quarterly earnings reports boosted share value despite COVID-19 affecting the tail end of the fiscal quarter. By Eric Oliver -
  4. St. Louis orthopedic practice resumes select surgical procedures

    St. Louis-based Orthopedic Associates resumed performing scheduled, nonemergency orthopedic procedures at the Des Peres (Mo.) Square Surgery Center. By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Aetna sued for policy switch excluding customized knee implants

    Aetna allegedly violated its duties under state law and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by suddenly refusing to cover customized total knee implants, according to a lawsuit filed May 8 in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. By Angie Stewart -
  2. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute initiates drive-thru COVID-19 testing for pre-surgical patients

    Des Plaines-based Illinois Bone & Joint Institute began testing pre-surgical patients for COVID-19 at drive-thru stations on May 8. By Alan Condon -
  3. Dr. Mark Drakos leads Hospital for Special Surgery study on Achilles tendon repair

    Orthopedic surgeon Mark Drakos, MD, is spearheading a Hospital for Special Surgery study on the effect of blood flow restriction therapy after Achilles tendon rupture and repair. By Alan Condon -
  4. Dr. Kirk Campbell: How NYU Langone polished the virtual visit + why 'patients will demand continued access'

    Kirk Campbell, MD, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Health in New York City, saw all of his patients via telemedicine for about six weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Angie Stewart -
  1. Life sentence upheld for former spine surgeon in counterfeit opioid overdose case

    A federal appeals court on May 8 dismissed arguments from a former spine surgeon sentenced to life in prison for the death of a woman who overdosed on counterfeit oxycodone pills, CBS12 reports. By Alan Condon -
  2. Dr. Blake Berman returns to California medical group

    Blake Berman, DO, is the latest neurosurgeon to join Healthpointe Medical Group in Anaheim, Calif., where he previously served as an occupational medicine physician. By Alan Condon -
  3. Former Stryker, NuVasive executive appointed COO of Nexxt Spine

    Nexxt Spine on May 12 onboarded James Abraham as chief operating officer. By Alan Condon -
  4. 4 recent innovations developed by spine surgeons

    Here are four innovations designed by spine and neurosurgeons in the past month: By Alan Condon -
  5. Precision Spine launches plating system

    Precision Spine launched its Slimplicity HP Anterior Cervical Plating System to allow surgeons to accommodate diverse patient anatomies and pathologies during surgeries. By Eric Oliver -
  6. Texas neurosurgeon develops wearable pediatric imaging device

    Neurosurgeon Manish Shah, MD, recently worked with scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to create a pediatric imaging device that does not require infants to be put under anesthesia. By Alan Condon -
  7. Zimmer Biomet posts $509M loss in Q1; expects 'significant negative impact' in Q2

    Zimmer Biomet on May 11 posted a first quarter net loss of $509 million, dropping from a net profit of $246.1 million for the same period last year. By Alan Condon -
  8. Decorated surgeon Dr. Peter Costantino joins New York practice — 5 details

    Peter Costantino, MD, joined White Plains-based Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York, according to the Fairfield Daily Voice. By Angie Stewart -
  9. How COVID-19 affects the body: 10 observations from physicians

    Physicians and researchers now widely recognize that COVID-19 is a highly unpredictable viral illness that attacks more than just lungs, according to The Washington Post. By Mackenzie Bean -

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