Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Medtronic gets FDA clearance to advance Mazor platform

    Medtronic received FDA clearance for the use of navigated interbody and Midas Rex high-speed drills with the Mazor Robotic Guidance System, according to a Dec. 16 news release.
  2. 7D Surgical makes 50th sale, expands to European market

    Toronto, Canada-based 7D Surgical surpassed the 50th sale of its Flash Navigation system, according to a Dec. 15 news release.
  3. VA to first administer Pfizer vaccine to patients at spinal cord injury centers

    Patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs' spinal cord injury centers will be first to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from the federal agency, Stars and Stripes reports.

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  1. How Medtronic, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson's shares performed this week

    Here's how Medtronic, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson's shares have fluctuated over the last five days.
  2. Surgeon retiring early after 19 years with orthopedic group

    Orthopedic surgeon Joel Rohrbough, MD, is retiring from Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, the Arizona Daily Sun reported on Dec. 12.
  3. Medtronic, Zimmer Biomet best positioned for recovery, according to analysts

    The medtech sector looks more certain to recover in 2021, with Morgan Stanley analysts betting on Medtronic and Zimmer Biomet stocks to perform well next year, according to Seeking Alpha.
  4. Dr. Alexandre Rasouli performs 1st disc replacement with new Centinel Spine implant

    Alexandre Rasouli, MD, reportedly performed the first spine surgery with Centinel Spine's new angled endplates intended for the prodisc L lumbar total disc replacement system.

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  1. 'A turning point' — HSS logs 1st COVID-19 vaccine

    The first COVID-19 vaccination at New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery was administered to Ann Bienstock, an advanced practice nurse, according to HSS President and CEO Lou Shapiro.
  2. New bone density assessment may better predict poor spinal fusion outcomes

    Researchers from New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery are using a novel method for evaluating bone density that may be able to more accurately predict which patients would have poor outcomes after spinal fusion.
  3. 3 orthopedic practice mergers with 279+ physicians beginning operations in 2021

    The back end of 2020 saw three significant orthopedic practice mergers announced in Texas, Tennessee and Missouri, which will involve more than 279 physicians:
  4. Researchers study benefits of Microsoft's HoloLens 2 headset for spine surgery

    Physicians at Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich recently performed the first "holographically navigated" spine surgery with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 headset, according to a Dec. 14 report by TweakTown.
  1. Nevro, Boston Scientific agree to dismiss patent infringement case relating to spinal products

    Nevro, a developer of spinal cord stimulation and neuromodulation systems for chronic pain, said it dropped its patent infringement case against Boston Scientific in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
  2. What 2021 will look like from 13 spine surgeons — Drs. Frank Phillips, Lali Sekhon & more

    Thirteen spine surgeons share their outlook on the spine field in 2021 and what success will look like for their practice.
  3. 158 spine devices granted 510(k) clearance so far this year

    Since the beginning of the year, 158 spine-related devices have been granted FDA 510(k) clearance:
  4. Hospital for Special Surgery renews deal with UFC

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship extended its partnership with New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery, according to a Dec. 10 announcement.
  5. Spinal Elements does first procedure with Sapphire X Anterior Fixation System

    Orthopedic surgeon John DeVine, MD, of Augusta (Ga.) University Medical Center performed the first procedure with Spinal Elements' Sapphire X Anterior Cervical Fixation System, according to a Dec. 11 press release.
  6. 10 things to know about OrthoVirginia in 2020

    Here are 10 things to know about Richmond-based OrthoVirginia in 2020:
  7. Merger of 2 spine practices creates 20-physician entity

    Two South Dakota spine practices merged to form The Spine Center at Black Hills Orthopedics, according to a December announcement.
  8. UPMC expands international footprint with acquisition of orthopedic surgical hospital

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC acquired a private hospital in Ireland that provides orthopedic surgical services, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Dec. 14.
  9. Dr. Guillermo Pasarin commended for care at Florida hospital

    Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale named neurosurgeon Guillermo Pasarin, MD, "Physician of the Quarter 2," Miami's Community Newspapers reports.

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