Many orthopedic surgeons are eager about the latest developments in surgical technology. Two surgeons discussed with Becker's the medtech companies that have most impressed them.
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Question: What orthopedic medtech company do you find particularly innovative and why?
Jonathan Hyde, MD. Miami Spine Specialists (Aventura, Fla.): My practice has always strived to find new technologies that help my spine patients, with an emphasis on lesser invasive technologies. These desired technologies need to encompass the ability to perform gold standard surgery, while at the same time minimizing the morbidity of previously available procedures.
I have found that the technology afforded by the Spinal Simplicity fills those criteria. This orthopedic implant company has developed a unique technology to treat lumbar degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. I have been utilizing their Minuteman MIS fusion plate in association with lateral-based interbody fusion, obviating the need for separate incisions required for supplemental posterior arthrodesis and fixation. This technique involves a novel approach to the posterior elements of the lumbar spine, which allows for the placement of an implant with minimal soft tissue disruption. The patients that I have performed this procedural innervation have been very satisfied with their overall surgical results, and [I] have not had any patients report any posterior pain related to the implant.
Stephan Pill, MD. Prisma Health (Greenville, S.C.): Anika Therapeutics is leading the charge in the joint preservation space, creating and delivering meaningful advancements in early intervention orthopedic care to restore active living for people around the world. Anika’s OVOMotion with Inlay Glenoid TSA System is reshaping the standard of primary total shoulder replacement, designed to maintain the native joint line and restore motion without restrictions. It is an innovative product that goes beyond traditional shoulder replacement to preserve native anatomy and restore motion, offering a reliable primary solution across glenoid stages. The system preserves bone and minimizes blood loss while reducing the risk of overstuffing.