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  1. Smith+Nephew's knee robot enters the UK: 4 notes

    Smith+Nephew has launched its Cori surgical system for total and partial knee replacements in the U.K.
  2. 11 details on Johnson & Johnson's planned split

    Johnson & Johnson on Nov. 12 announced its plan to split into two separate companies — one focusing on medical devices and drugs, and the other focusing on consumer health products.
  3. 4 key disc replacement updates for surgeons to know

    The first artificial disc replacement in the U.S. was performed in 2000, but the technology has come a long way since then, with many surgeons predicting the procedure eventually will overtake spinal fusion as the standard of care.
  1. OAK Orthopedics opens clinic in Illinois

    OAK Orthopedics opened a clinic in Bourbonnais, Ill., according to a Nov. 22 news release.
  2. 6 centers adding robots in the last 60 days

    Becker's Spine Review reported on six hospitals and practices adding spine and orthopedic robots since Sept. 23.
  3. The questions surgical robots still need to answer

    Robots have transformed many industries, but will they revolutionize healthcare the way some medical device companies and surgeons say they will?
  4. Medical malpractice lawsuits: 5 stats for orthopedic surgeons to know

    Most orthopedic surgeons have been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to Medscape's Medical Malpractice Report 2021.

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  1. Spine fusion device market to hit $8.9B in 2027: 5 notes

    The spine fusion device market is expected to reach almost $9 billion in the next six years, according to Emergen Research.
  2. OrthoSC toppled residency program to maintain monopoly, lawsuit claims

    A former OrthoSC surgeon is suing the Conway, S.C.-based practice, alleging an executive board member made threats to a now-canceled residency program, The Sun News reported Nov. 22.
  3. 9 spine devices granted breakthrough device designation

    The FDA's Breakthrough Devices Program is designed to accelerate the development, assessment and review of medical devices that provide effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions.
  4. Illinois neurosurgeon performs area's 1st multi-lumbar disc replacement

    Juan Jimenez, MD, of Kankakee, Ill.-based Riverside Neurosurgery Specialists, in late October became the first surgeon outside of Chicago to perform multi-lumbar disc replacements.
  1. Regenerative implant for lumbar spine surgery gets FDA breakthrough designation

    Theradaptive's Osteo-Adapt SP spinal fusion implant received the FDA's breakthrough medical device designation, according to a Nov. 19 news release.
  2. Patient-specific spine and orthopedic implants: Devices in the spotlight and surgeons' observations

    Patient-specific implants, which tout more accurate spine and orthopedic surgery, have made several advances in 2021. Reception among surgeons remains mixed, however.
  3. Surgeons want 3.75% CMS payment extended into 2022

    The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons on Nov. 19 endorsed a bill that aims to mitigate the 9.75 percent Medicare reimbursement cut facing physicians in 2022.
  4. The 4 largest orthopedic mergers announced or launched in 2021

    Four orthopedic practices have announced or launched mergers involving 50 or more physicians in 2021:
  5. 7 sports medicine updates

    Here are seven sports medicine industry updates since Sept. 1: 
  6. 2 CEOs on the biggest opportunities for orthopedic growth

    Maintaining independence is among the biggest challenges facing orthopedic groups amid significant industry consolidation, but migrating more higher-acuity cases to the outpatient setting and expanding ambulatory strategies represent key growth opportunities.
  7. Fewer indirect pay deals will be subject to Stark scrutiny in 2022: 3 notes

    CMS reduced the number of indirect compensation agreements subject to Stark Law referral and billing prohibitions in its Nov. 2 clarification of indirect compensation arrangements , according to a JDSupra report by Matthew Westbrook, an attorney specializing in healthcare regulatory compliance.
  8. Who leads the top orthopedic, neurosurgery residency programs

    Doximity's 2021-2022 Residency Navigator ranks the top residency programs for multiple medical specialities in the U.S.
  9. 3 California orthopedic practices to create 60-physician network

    Three physician-owned orthopedic practices in California are merging to create the third-largest specialty group in the western U.S., San Francisco Business Times reported Nov. 18.

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