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  1. Johnson & Johnson spent $10B on M&As in last 5 years; spin off on track for 2023

    Johnson & Johnson hit $93.8 billion revenue in 2021, with its medical devices and diagnostics segment earning about $9.8 billion, and the company aims to split into two companies in the next year.
  2. Medacta NextAR surpasses 1,000 cases

    Medacta's NextAR augmented reality shoulder system has been used in more than 1,000 surgeries worldwide, the company said in a Sept. 9 news release. 
  3. AI comparable to experts when determining candidacy for spinal surgery

    Artificial intelligence showed high predictive accuracy when selecting surgical candidates for lumbar spinal stenosis compared to a panel of spine experts, according to a study published in the European Spine Journal.

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  1. Spine surgeon steps down as CEO of biologics company

    Kingsley Chin, MD, is stepping down as CEO of NanoFuse Biologics following the company's merger into a newly formed medtech company.
  2. Osteopathic medicine physicians now make up 25 percent of medical school population

    This year, 7,300 doctors of osteopathic medicine have entered the workforce, making DOs 25 percent of the medical school student population, according to a Sept. 8 report from Medscape. 
  3. 6 recent developments in total disc replacements

    From FDA approvals to studies, here are six key updates in total disc replacements since July 1.
  4. 4 recent studies for spine, orthopedic surgeons to know

    Becker's has reported on four studies since Aug. 23 that spine and orthopedic surgeons should know.

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  1. Novarad announces strategic distribution alliance for new AR products

    Utah-based developer Novarad Corp. has announced a strategic alliance with several neurosurgical and spine distributors across the U.S. to distribute its AR surgical navigation system, VisAR. 
  2. AAOS updates clinical guidelines for management of ACL injuries

    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has issued an update to the clinical practice guideline for management of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, replacing the previous version released in 2014. 
  3. The cases for, against private equity in orthopedics and spine

    Private equity investments have grown in the spine and orthopedic space, with many physicians taking advantage of the opportunities it offers. However, there are also concerns among experts about the long-term viability of taking outside capital.
  4. Johnson & Johnson to develop spine robot to rival medtech competitors

    Johnson & Johnson is planning to develop its own spine robot to rival the platforms launched by Medtronic, Globus Medical and emerging device companies, company executives said Sept. 7 during the 2022 Wells Fargo Healthcare Conference, according to Seeking Alpha. 
  1. What makes or breaks outpatient orthopedics?

    It's not uncommon for some orthopedic surgeries to be done in the outpatient setting, but many factors go into creating a successful program.
  2. 6 orthopedic firsts in the last 30 days

    From ankle replacements to knee implants, here are six orthopedic firsts Becker's has reported on in the last 30 days. 
  3. Life Spine's milestone, an orthopedic merger and more: 5 device company notes

    Stryker's latest device launch and four more updates from spine and orthopedic medtech companies since Sept. 1:
  4. Non-opioid pain relief shows positive results in total knee replacement

    Pacira BioSciences' Exparel drug was found to be effective in treating pain after total knee replacements, according to a study.
  5. SeaSpine launches TLIF interbody system

    SeaSpine's WaveForm TA system was released in a full commercial launch, the devicemaker said Sept. 6.
  6. OrthoSC opens location in former restaurant space, adds 2 physicians

    Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based OrthoSC opened a location in the space of a former restaurant, The Post and Courier reported Sept. 6.
  7. University renews sports medicine contract with Freeman Health

    The board at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin has voted to extend its contract with Freeman Health System, also in Joplin, until 2034, according to a Sept. 6 report from KZRG.
  8. Biote, IMAC Holdings partner to deliver orthopedic procedures

    Medical practice building company Biote has announced a partnership with regenerative rehabilitation company IMAC Holdings. 
  9. Dr. Jason Tinley performs 1st case with Prodisc C Vivo in US

    Jason Tinley, MD, completed the first commercial case with Centinel Spine's Prodisc C Vivo, the devicemaker said Sept. 7.

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Top 40 Articles from the Past 6 Months

  • 'The numbers don't lie': Endoscopy to become more prominent among next generation of spine surgeons
  • Minnesota orthopedic group hit with $111M negligence verdict
  • Orthopedic patient's death highlights potential dangers of prior authorization
  • Spine surgeon killed in Oklahoma hospital shooting
  • Neurosurgeon accepted $3.3M in illegal payments to perform spine surgeries at hospital
  • Spine surgeon gets jail time for abusing patient during hospital visit
  • Providence to pay $22.7M to settle unnecessary spine surgery allegations
  • 'They're on really thin ice': Why 1 insurer has drawn spine surgeons' ire
  • Texas spine surgeon defending himself from 'Dr. Death 2.0' allegations
  • Orthopedic surgeon must face suit in patient's death
  • Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery
  • 4 spine technologies that promised more than they delivered
  • Terminated orthopedic surgeon contracts with another New York hospital
  • Orthopedic surgeon's health system exit steeped in controversy
  • Texas spine surgeon sued by State Farm over 'unnecessary' procedures
  • 22 hospitals ranked top 25 orthopedic hospitals 3+ years in a row
  • Orthopedic surgeon convicted of battery at hospital
  • UArizona neurosurgery chair dies after motorcycle collision
  • Could Medtronic's spine business be the next medtech spinoff?
  • America's largest independent practices by number of spine surgeons
  • 41 'rising stars' in orthopedics
  • Idaho orthopedic surgeon arrested for alleged misconduct at practice
  • Neurosurgeon's startup hits $1.2B valuation
  • Orthopedic surgeon indicted in $10M telemedicine fraud scheme
  • Orthopedic surgeon salaries in the 5 best, worst states for healthcare
  • New Jersey hospital must pay neurosurgeons $24.3M, appeals court rules
  • Good news, bad news for orthopedic surgeons: 6 observations
  • Why private equity is bettering orthopedics, 3 physician leaders say
  • Texas spine surgeon's $11M verdict being appealed
  • Florida hospital patients say they were injured during surgeries. Now a physician faces 350 lawsuits.
  • A Rutgers physician accused of 'ghost surgeries' will return — but with fewer responsibilities
  • Top orthopedic hospital in every state: US News
  • Rothman Orthopaedics to become national brand, but no 'aspirations to go beyond US'
  • Sports medicine physician fired amid misconduct allegations involving patients
  • Orthopedic surgeon asking for misconduct charges to be dropped
  • Unnecessary spine cases spur class action lawsuit
  • Jury finds neurosurgeon largely responsible for paralysis, awards $15.5M in damages
  • Colorado Supreme Court rejects hospital's bid to enforce $229K spine surgery bill
  • Dr. Jon Yoon performs NHL's 4th disc replacement in 7 months
  • Neurosurgeon named in Washington lawsuit closes Ohio practice