Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine linked to rare condition affecting spinal cord

    Eleven patients who received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in England and India have developed a rare neurological disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord, the Business Standard reports.
  2. Here's the latest 3D-printed spine implant cleared by the FDA

    A 3D-printed vertebral body replacement implant received FDA 510(k) clearance, according to a June 22 news release.
  3. Supreme Court denies Medtronic attempt to reverse spine surgeon's $112M royalties win

    The U.S. Supreme Court on June 21 rejected Medtronic's bid to overturn an award of more than $112 million in royalties to an Indiana spine surgeon-inventor, Law360 reports.

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  1. Dr. Ashish Malik brings novel spine procedure to Massachusetts hospital

    An outpatient spine procedure to treat lumbar stenosis is now offered at Baystate Medical Center's pain management center in Springfield, Mass., WWLP.com reported June 21.
  2. 20-physician practice joins orthopedic supergroup on 100th anniversary

    Carrell Clinic is celebrating 100 years since it was established by William Carrell, MD, the first orthopedic surgeon to practice in Dallas, according to the group.
  3. A breakdown of 7 robots in spine surgery

    The Mazor SpineAssist was the first robot approved by the FDA to guide the placement of pedicle screws in 2004. 
  4. 7 recent leadership moves at device companies

    Here are seven executive appointments at spine and orthopedic device companies since the end of May:
  1. Which states are adding spine, orthopedic robots so far in 2021? A state-by-state breakdown

    Becker's Spine Review has reported on more than 40 hospitals, health systems and practices adding spine and orthopedic robots so far in 2021.
  2. 1st pediatric spine surgery with Augmedics' AR system completed

    Justin Bundy, MD, performed the first augmented reality-assisted pediatric spine surgery in the country using Augmedics' Xvision spine system, according to The Augusta Chronicle.
  3. EOS imaging founder joins Alphatec board

    Marie Meynadier, PhD, founder of EOS imaging, has been appointed as an independent director to the Alphatec board.
  4. What surgeons must know before adding a new spine procedure

    As surgical technologies continue to develop in spine, many surgeons are diving deeper into minimally invasive techniques, which are increasingly being performed in the outpatient setting.
  1. 5 orthopedic practices to know

    An orthopedic center growing in Pennsylvania and four more practices to know:
  2. 'These are not altruistic grants': How one spine surgeon views private equity

    Private equity deals will have an important role in spine practices, but physicians should be mindful about the relationship that comes with investments, said David Essig, MD, of New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health.
  3. 11 spine devices receive FDA clearance in May

    The FDA approved several spine-related devices last month.
  4. 3 spine lawsuits in the past 30 days

    From a revived lawsuit against a prominent commercial payer to a patent infringement case and a tainted spine product that may have gotten a patient sick, here are three spine cases that made headlines in the past month:
  5. CMS changes that spine surgeons want to see

    While CMS' decision last year to gradually phase out the inpatient-only list has been widely welcomed by the spine community, other regulatory changes related to reduced reimbursement and increased prior authorization requirements have not.
  6. New York hospital adds latest Stryker robot for joint replacements

    Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., has become the first hospital in the region to offer the Mako SmartRobotics system for joint replacements, InformNY.com reported June 18.
  7. Patient volume at New York orthopedic group hovers between 70% and 80%; patients urged to resume care

    The Bone & Joint Center in Albany, N.Y., saw patient volumes decrease by about half during the COVID-19 pandemic and still is seeing some reluctance from patients to resume care for orthopedic conditions, the Albany Business Review reported June 18.
  8. College athlete dies from complications from Tommy John surgery

    A 20-year-old baseball player from Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University died after complications from Tommy John surgery, The New York Times reported June 19.
  9. American Orthopedic Partners gets funds; Drs. James Andrews & Russell Warren join board

    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based American Orthopedic Partners is expanding with investment from Stone Point Capital, a private equity company, and two legendary orthopedic surgeons joining as board members.

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