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  • 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

  • MIS/Robotics
    Premium Medtech Price Stategies for the Orthopedic Robotics Segment

    Premium Medtech Price Stategies for the Orthopedic Robotics Segment

    Growth in the market for surgical robots used in hip and knee orthopedic procedures was forecasted at $222 million in 2015 with anticipated growth to reach $5 billion by 20221 (Table 1). A substantial number of next- generation robotic devices, syste…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 09.19.18

  • Imaging | MIS/Robotics
    The Promising Future for AI in Orthopedics

    The Promising Future for AI in Orthopedics

    In their most simple form, AI applications in healthcare consist of a collection of technologies that will enable machines to sense, comprehend, predict, act, and learn. The first application for AI-based machines, as discussed at the World Medical I…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 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

  • Extremities | Materials | Spine/Neurology
    In Situ Cured Silicone Could Enable Personalized Implants

    In Situ Cured Silicone Could Enable Personalized Implants

    Medical-grade silicone is a highly valued, versatile biomaterial widely used for medical implants. Often associated with applications such as cardiovascular pacemakers, cochlear implants, hydrocephalus shunts, implantable infusion pumps, and even int…
    Brian Reilly and Jim Lambert, Ph.D., NuSil, an Avantor brand 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

  • Spine/Neurology
    Jump-Starting Disease Management Through Neurostimulation

    Jump-Starting Disease Management Through Neurostimulation

    Jump-starting disease management through neurostimulation.
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 02.12.18

  • Large Joint
    Considerations for the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

    Considerations for the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

    The posterior approach has been and still is a widely used technique for hip replacement surgery. The industry, however, has seen a shift as more surgeons and their patients are turning to the anterior approach, a tissue-sparing method proven to resu…
    Scott Zellner, Senior Director of U.S. Joint Reconstruction and Outpatient Marketing, DePuy Synthes 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

  • Large Joint
    An Update on U.S. Obesity and Its Impact on Hip, Knee Transplants

    An Update on U.S. Obesity and Its Impact on Hip, Knee Transplants

    The global obesity epidemic continues to grow. In 2016, it was estimated that greater than 39 percent of adults1 (up from 35.7 percent of adults2) are obese (Table 1). Obesity can bring a quadruple whammy of co-morbidities including cardiovascular di…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 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

  • 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

  • Trauma/Sports
    What’s New in Orthopedics in the ED?

    What’s New in Orthopedics in the ED?

    Perhaps it’s due to the traditionally long wait times in the emergency department (ED) and the fact that no one wants to return to wait again. A problem for orthopedic care in the ED is the high rate of “no-show events” following an…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 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

  • Extremities | Instruments | Large Joint | MIS/Robotics
    HACs and How Orthopedic Surgical Devices  Can Help Reduce Medical Error

    HACs and How Orthopedic Surgical Devices Can Help Reduce Medical Error

    After a 30-year effort, data collected in 2014 and published in 20161 illustrated that there has been a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) since 2010. This data is impressive, as it represents a 2.1 million case decline in prev…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 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

  • Trauma/Sports
    Trends in Sports Medicine

    Trends in Sports Medicine

    Value-based care and hospital consolidation are having an impact on the practice of medicine. However, it is important to recognize that sports medicine surgeons are still some of the most highly paid in the U.S. Family medicine physicians on av…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 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

  • Biologics
    Bone-Graft Delivery Devices Advance, Alongside Supplier/Manufacturer Partnerships

    Bone-Graft Delivery Devices Advance, Alongside Supplier/Manufacturer Partnerships

    As the spinal fusion market continues its shift toward minimally invasive surgeries, it has created a multitude of challenges for delivering graft to the surgical site. An example is the development and use of expandable cages. While the expandable c…
    Ben Johnson, Product/Business Development Manager, Nordson Medical 09.20.16