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  1. Smith+Nephew's Q3 revenue up 5.5%: 4 notes

    Smith+Nephew saw $1.3 billion in third-quarter revenue; however, its orthopedic sales dipped, according to financial results posted Nov. 4.
  2. Zimmer Biomet's hip, knee sales dip in Q3: 5 notes

    Zimmer Biomet's orthopedic and spine sales dipped in the third quarter, according to financial results posted Nov. 4.
  3. Stryker expands robotics footprint across VA hospitals

    Stryker has expanded MakoSmartRobotics across the VA hospital network, the company said Nov. 4.
  1. Johnson & Johnson's orthopedics business pays $79.5M for Israeli robotics company

    Synthes GMBH, Johnson & Johnson's orthopedics company, has acquired 100 percent of OrthoSpin, an Israel-based robotics company.
  2. 7 musculoskeletal codes will not return to the IPO list in 2022, CMS says

    On Jan. 1, 2021, in accordance with the 2021 OPPS/ASC final rule, CMS removed 298 codes, including 266 musculoskeletal-related services, from the inpatient-only list, which it had proposed to gradually phase out by 2024.
  3. Patient-specific orthopedic implants in 2031: 3 surgeon predictions

    Although some surgeons see patient-specific orthopedic implants as a step forward in joint care, others say they're a marketing ploy with flaws.
  4. 10 spine surgeons to know

    The first neurosurgeon at a Kansas hospital, a competitor on The Masked Singer and eight more spine surgeons to know:

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  1. Pacira Biosciences sees increased Exparel sales, total revenue in Q3

    Pacira Biosciences reported an uptick in total sales and its Exparel injectable analgesic during the third quarter.
  2. 7 Assure Holdings moves in 2021

    Intraoperative neuromonitoring company Assure Holdings has grown significantly in 2021 from strengthening its network to expanding into its 12th state.
  3. Stryker to close Florida facility, Smith+Nephew's new knee system & more: 7 device company notes

    From leadership changes to financial results, here are seven updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last week:
  4. 200+ hospitals earn Healthgrades' 2022 Joint Replacement Excellence Awards

    Healthgrades released its list of 2022 Joint Replacement Excellence Awards on Oct. 19.
  1. SeaSpine releases pedicle screw system in limited launch

    SeaSpine's Mariner MIS Wayfinder system is available in a limited launch, the devicemaker said Nov. 1.
  2. HOPCo., Ascension's spine and orthopedic care program expands in Florida

    Pensacola-based Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and Phoenix-based Healthcare Outcomes Performance Co. are expanding their Performance Orthopedics and Spine program.
  3. Boston surgeon performs nation's first total knee replacement with Knee+ augmented reality

    Antonia Chen, MD, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, performed the nation's first total knee replacement with Pixee Medical's Knee+ augmented reality system, the company said in a Nov. 2 news release. The French company's surgery technology has been used in knee replacements in Europe and Australia since January. 
  4. Assure Holdings joins PPO network

    Intraoperative neuromonitoring company Assure Holdings signed an agreement with The MultiPlan Network, according to a Nov. 2 news release.
  5. Dr. Gregory Berlet named CMO of orthopedic fixation company

    Gregory Berlet, MD, was named chief medical officer of orthopedic fixation company Ossio.
  6. Stryker to close Florida facility, lay off 532 employees

    Kalamazoo, Mich.-based medical device company Stryker is closing its Lakeland, Fla., production facility over the next two years and laying off 532 employees, according to a Nov. 1 Business Observer report.
  7. SeaSpine revenue increases 7.5% in Q3, spinal implants up 10%: 5 notes

    Medtech company SeaSpine reported $46.4 million in third-quarter revenue, a 7.5 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2020 and a 16.4 percent increase for the same period in 2019.
  8. Dr. Alex Vaccaro named No. 1 spine expert in the world

    Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD, president of Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, has been recognized as the top-rated expert in spine care from 2011 to 2021 by Expertscape, an online platform that ranks people and institutions according to their expertise in diseases, medical conditions and treatments.
  9. Boston Scientific awarded $20M after jury finds Nevro infringed on 2 patents

    A jury found devicemaker Nevro infringed on two of Boston Scientific's patents related to spinal cord stimulation.

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