Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Smith+Nephew launches partial knee replacement system

    Smith+Nephew on May 20 launched the Journey II unicompartmental knee system. By Alan Condon -
  2. $2.1M spinal muscular atrophy drug gains European approval

    The European Commission recently approved Zolgensma, Novartis' $2.1 million gene therapy drug for spinal muscular atrophy, for infants and children up to 46 pounds. By Alan Condon -
  3. Dr. Jeffrey Gross selected for COVID-19 panel advising officials on reopening of local economy

    Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Gross, MD, has been selected to serve as chairperson volunteer medical liaison for the Newport Beach (Calif.) Covid Safe Commerce Task Force, KTVN reports. By Alan Condon -
  1. Arkansas hospital 1st in state to use spine robot — 3 insights

    Little Rock-based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center is the first hospital in Arkansas to use the ExcelsiusGPS robotic spine navigation system, thecabin.net reports. By Eric Oliver -
  2. $111M expansion to begin at Pennsylvania hospital — features spine center, orthopedic Center of Excellence

    Dubois, Pa.-based Penn Highlands Healthcare is beginning construction on a multistory building that will house The Brain and Spine Center and an orthopedic Center of Excellence, Connect FM radio reports. By Alan Condon -
  3. Florida spine, orthopedic practice resumes elective surgery

    Vero Beach, Fla.-based Vero Orthopaedics & Neurology recently restarted elective surgeries. By Alan Condon -
  4. Spine in ASCs post-pandemic: How 8 surgeons are thinking about the future

    Eight spine surgeons discuss how the pandemic will affect spine in ASCs, addressing patient selection, payer issues and the potential for acceleration in the future. By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. The Spine Journal: Cerapedics' bone graft achieves higher fusion rate than allograft in lumbar fusion trial

    Orthobiologics company Cerapedics published data from a clinical trial examining the fusion rate of its i-Factor bone graft in noninstrumented lumbar fusion. By Alan Condon -
  2. Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute partners with EHR, RCM leader

    Fort Worth (Texas) Brain and Spine Institute recently partnered with eMDs, which provides EHR, practice management and revenue cycle management solutions for medical practices. By Alan Condon -
  3. NuVasive imaging system clinches 2020 MedTech award

    NuVasive's radiation reduction device LessRay recently won the "Best New Imaging Technology Solution" honor at the 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Awards.   By Alan Condon -
  4. How COVID-19 has affected Medtronic, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson's shares this week

    Here's how Medtronic, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson's shares have fluctuated over the last five days. By Eric Oliver -
  1. Hospital spine procedures drop 45%, orthopedics down 43% during pandemic

    The number of spine surgeries performed at hospitals in the U.S. decreased 45 percent from March 1 to April 15, compared to the same period in 2019, Axios reports. By Alan Condon -
  2. Medtronic launches cannula for balloon kyphoplasty

    Medtronic on May 19 launched the Kyphon Assist Directional Cannula for balloon kyphoplasty procedures. By Alan Condon -
  3. Implanet to sell total knee implant, focus 100% on spine business

    Orthopedic device manufacturer Implanet entered into exclusive negotiations May 18 to sell its Madison total knee implant. By Alan Condon -
  4. Veteran Mercy spine surgeon takes early retirement amid system's COVID-19 financial hit

    Fred McQueary, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Mercy, is taking an early retirement to help the Chesterfield, Mo.-based health system address financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozarks Independent reports. By Alan Condon -
  5. Dr. Joseph Bosco on increasing orthopedic surgery volumes + how a 2nd COVID-19 wave could affect the field

    Joseph Bosco, MD, is president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and professor and vice chair for clinical affairs of the NYU Langone department of orthopedic surgery in New York City. By Alan Condon -
  6. 3 hospitals expanding spine, neurosurgery programs

    Here are three hospitals expanding spine and neurosurgery programs: By Alan Condon -
  7. Spine director at Boston hospital lauds telemedicine's impact during pandemic

    Spine surgeon Melvin Makhni, MD, is touting telemedicine to "continue to revolutionize healthcare" after healthcare providers across the country have pivoted to the technology since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBS Boston reports. By Alan Condon -
  8. OS1 Sports Injury Clinic to open in June

    A group of Alabama orthopedic surgeons and entrepreneurs will open OS1 Sports Injury Clinic in Hoover, Ala., in June. By Eric Oliver -
  9. Maine health system plans $14.2M orthopedic surgery center

    Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare is seeking state approval for a $14.2 million ASC that will provide orthopedic surgery in Topsham, Bangor Daily News reports. By Alan Condon -

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