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  1. 5 updates from Hospital for Special Surgery in 60 days

    From a landmark knee replacement to plans for new construction, here are five updates from New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery since Sept. 6.
  2. A new era in spinal fusion: 3 surgeons weigh in on the emergence of osteoimmunology and bone graft technology

    Over the past few decades, rates of spinal fusions have steadily risen. However, pseudarthrosis rates— an indicator of unsuccessful spinal fusion — have not improved enough in the past 20 years to reduce the overall non-unions. With a growing number of spinal fusions, a constant pseudarthrosis rate means that each year there are more non-unions, many of which require revision surgery.
  3. Globus Medical sets Excelsius 3D launch for 2021, acquires surgical drill company: 5 Q3 notes

    Globus Medical saw an uptick in revenue year over year in the third quarter, and CEO Dave Demski said in an earnings call that the Excelsius 3D imaging system is expected to launch before the end of the year.
  1. Alphatec Q3 revenue jumps 53%: 5 notes

    Alphatec grew its surgeon user base by 20 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2021, according to financial results posted Nov. 4.
  2. How Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, Smith+Nephew compare in Q3

    Zimmer Biomet, Stryker and Smith+Nephew all recently reported their third quarter results. While Smith+Nephew and Zimmer Biomet saw dips in orthopedic performance, Stryker saw revenue gains.
  3. Spinal arthroplasty system shows positive outcomes after a year: study

    A study of Premia Spine's Tops spinal arthroplasty system found positive patient outcomes at the six-week and 12-month marks.
  4. Smith+Nephew's Q3 revenue up 5.5%: 4 notes

    Smith+Nephew saw $1.3 billion in third-quarter revenue; however, its orthopedic sales dipped, according to financial results posted Nov. 4.

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  1. Zimmer Biomet's hip, knee sales dip in Q3: 5 notes

    Zimmer Biomet's orthopedic and spine sales dipped in the third quarter, according to financial results posted Nov. 4.
  2. Stryker expands robotics footprint across VA hospitals

    Stryker has expanded MakoSmartRobotics across the VA hospital network, the company said Nov. 4.
  3. Johnson & Johnson's orthopedics business pays $79.5M for Israeli robotics company

    Synthes GMBH, Johnson & Johnson's orthopedics company, has acquired 100 percent of OrthoSpin, an Israel-based robotics company.
  4. 7 musculoskeletal codes will not return to the IPO list in 2022, CMS says

    On Jan. 1, 2021, in accordance with the 2021 OPPS/ASC final rule, CMS removed 298 codes, including 266 musculoskeletal-related services, from the inpatient-only list, which it had proposed to gradually phase out by 2024.
  1. Patient-specific orthopedic implants in 2031: 3 surgeon predictions

    Although some surgeons see patient-specific orthopedic implants as a step forward in joint care, others say they're a marketing ploy with flaws.
  2. 10 spine surgeons to know

    The first neurosurgeon at a Kansas hospital, a competitor on The Masked Singer and eight more spine surgeons to know:
  3. Pacira Biosciences sees increased Exparel sales, total revenue in Q3

    Pacira Biosciences reported an uptick in total sales and its Exparel injectable analgesic during the third quarter.
  4. 7 Assure Holdings moves in 2021

    Intraoperative neuromonitoring company Assure Holdings has grown significantly in 2021 from strengthening its network to expanding into its 12th state.
  5. Stryker to close Florida facility, Smith+Nephew's new knee system & more: 7 device company notes

    From leadership changes to financial results, here are seven updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last week:
  6. 200+ hospitals earn Healthgrades' 2022 Joint Replacement Excellence Awards

    Healthgrades released its list of 2022 Joint Replacement Excellence Awards on Oct. 19.
  7. SeaSpine releases pedicle screw system in limited launch

    SeaSpine's Mariner MIS Wayfinder system is available in a limited launch, the devicemaker said Nov. 1.
  8. HOPCo., Ascension's spine and orthopedic care program expands in Florida

    Pensacola-based Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and Phoenix-based Healthcare Outcomes Performance Co. are expanding their Performance Orthopedics and Spine program.
  9. Boston surgeon performs nation's first total knee replacement with Knee+ augmented reality

    Antonia Chen, MD, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, performed the nation's first total knee replacement with Pixee Medical's Knee+ augmented reality system, the company said in a Nov. 2 news release. The French company's surgery technology has been used in knee replacements in Europe and Australia since January. 

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