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  • Large Joint
    AJRR Struggling to Find PROM Dates

    AJRR Struggling to Find PROM Dates

    Timothy Mojonnier owes his sanity to a walk around the block. The greater Chicago-area management consultant had been inching closer to the breaking point for years prior to that walk, courtesy of his steadily deteriorating knee. But each time Mojonn…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 05.23.19

  • MIS/Robotics
    Justifying the Hype of Robotic Orthopedic Surgery

    Justifying the Hype of Robotic Orthopedic Surgery

    The robots are coming. But they’re not yet seeking subjugation of the human race. Instead, they want to perform surgery on our joints and spine. Last year’s “Top 10 Global Orthopedic Device Firms” reports made it clear roboti…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 03.29.19

  • Biologics | MIS/Robotics | Trauma/Sports
    Global Prospects in Orthopedics

    Global Prospects in Orthopedics

    Camil Moldoveanu was fully prepared for the challenge. Or so he thought. The four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion knew he would need significant rehabilitation for his knee injury. He also knew the recovery process would be difficult, and…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 11.30.18

  • Extremities | Large Joint | Materials | Spine/Neurology
    Recycling Implanted Metals From Beyond the Grave

    Recycling Implanted Metals From Beyond the Grave

    Ever wonder what happens to devices implanted in the body after their users pass away? Probably not, because the thought of it tends to make most people who aren’t ODT editors cringe. But as medical implants become more common, people are dy…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 09.19.18

  • Stoking the Corner Office Compensation Controversy

    Stoking the Corner Office Compensation Controversy

    If only the real world functioned as it does in academia. Or in human imagination. Consider the possibilities: world peace, racial/gender harmony, financial security, and perfect health are just a few that come to mind. Even eternal youth wouldn&r…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 08.15.18

  • Extremities | Spine/Neurology
    Bioelectronic Medicine Gets on Arthritis’ Last Nerve

    Bioelectronic Medicine Gets on Arthritis’ Last Nerve

    According to Northwell Health, as of 2016 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects 1.3 million adults in the U.S. And despite billions of dollars spent annually treating the disease, there has yet to be a therapeutic agent able to universally relieve the jo…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 05.29.18

  • Large Joint
    The Ins and Outs of TKA Reimbursement

    The Ins and Outs of TKA Reimbursement

    Ira Kirschenbaum, M.D., never really gave much thought to his professional habitat. He’s spent more than two decades fixing broken or damaged knees, carefully drilling into bone, reattaching ligaments, and cementing new joints in place. Each…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 03.21.18

  • Biologics | Large Joint
    We Can Rebuild Him; We Have the (Bio)technology

    We Can Rebuild Him; We Have the (Bio)technology

    If a roadway is cracked and full of potholes, it’s fixed by repaving. If an edifice is damaged, it’s fixed by rebuilding. But if a joint in the body is damaged, repair isn’t quite so simple. The meniscus, for example—the ca…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 02.12.18

  • Bracing/Prosthetics
    Outsmarting the Laws of (Mother) Nature

    Outsmarting the Laws of (Mother) Nature

    There seems to be no limit to device intelligence these days. Better brainpower has permeated practically every aspect of modern life, easing such mundane tasks as vacuuming, cooking, dieting, home surveillance, and indoor climate control, among o…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 11.21.17

  • Spine/Neurology
    Mind Over Matter: Brain-Controlled Physical Rehabilitation

    Mind Over Matter: Brain-Controlled Physical Rehabilitation

    It’s usually not a promising prognosis for patients once the connection between the brain and muscles becomes severed or disrupted in some way. Whether through spinal cord injury, a stroke, or a gait disability, mobility suffers once the brain…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 10.02.17

  • An ACA Repeal With (Some) Appeal

    An ACA Repeal With (Some) Appeal

    The hours are finally getting to R. Blake Curd, M.D. As a doctor, he’s grown accustomed to working odd hours to care for patients. But over the last seven years, his schedule—and those of his colleagues—has increasingly become mo…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 08.15.17

  • Biologics | Trauma/Sports
    Seeing Pain Relief in a New (Infrared) Light

    Seeing Pain Relief in a New (Infrared) Light

    Welcome to another installment of technology-based opioid alternatives to treat orthopedic pain. This one’s a bit on the lighter side (joke to be explained in due course), and features some empirical evidence, as I was able to test this device…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 05.19.17

  • Extremities | Large Joint
    The ABCs of ASC Cost Savings

    The ABCs of ASC Cost Savings

    Rick E. Parsons, M.D., isn’t a big fan of hospitals. His aversion is quite paradoxical, however, considering he’s a self-professed “adventure junkie” and orthopedic surgeon who’s worked at four different hospitals in…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 03.22.17

  • Spine/Neurology | Trauma/Sports
    Debunking the Skepticism of the ‘Good Vibes’ Treatment

    Debunking the Skepticism of the ‘Good Vibes’ Treatment

    I expect readers will tire of hearing this from me in due time, but the opioid addiction crisis has, ironically, become a rather painful burden on the healthcare system. The scary reality of this crisis is that it’s not junkies abusing the syst…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 02.23.17

  • A Peek at the Future of Orthopedics

    A Peek at the Future of Orthopedics

    Looking back is much easier than looking forward. Winston Churchill, despite his talent as a futurist (he foretold of compact engines, wireless telephones, synthetic biology, and material 30 times stronger than steel), was not very fond of prognostic…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 11.22.16

  • Biologics | Spine/Neurology
    Healing Powers of the Web

    Healing Powers of the Web

    Prof. Fritz Vollrath is utterly baffled by the concept of arachnophobia. His bewilderment is somewhat ironic, considering he’s the world’s foremost spider expert, having studied the hairy, eight-legged creatures longer than any other p…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 09.20.16

  • Bionic Athletes Put Assistive Technology to the Test

    Bionic Athletes Put Assistive Technology to the Test

    ETH Zurich and Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Robotics professor Robert Riener certainly had a set of lofty goals after reading about a patient with a powered knee prosthesis who walked up Chicago’s Willis tower in early 2013.…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 08.09.16

  • Closing In on Healthcare’s ‘End Result’

    Closing In on Healthcare’s ‘End Result’

    Ernest A. Codman, M.D., never really fancied himself a visionary. An intense, uncompromising figure with a charming whimsical streak and a strong devotion to his professional beliefs, Codman once described himself as “quixotic” or a &ldqu…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 05.23.16

  • Trauma/Sports
    Barefoot Running: Embrace the Gait or Wait?

    Barefoot Running: Embrace the Gait or Wait?

    The joke goes like this: “How do you know someone is a vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” It’s not an old joke; rather, it’s a new one that has emerged in recent months as veganism, the raw-food movement, and o…
    Ranica Arrowsmith, Associate Editor 03.23.16

  • Marking a Decade of Constants

    Credit the romance novels. Or Mother Nature. Either could have inspired French novelist/critic/journalist (and floriculture fanatic) Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr to conceive the famous axiom plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose—the mo…
    Michael Barbella , Managing Editor 11.17.15