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  1. Michigan spine group to add 1st neurosurgeon: 4 things to know

    Livonia, Mich.-based Mendelson Kornblum group will welcome Brian Fiani, DO, as its first neurosurgeon in 2023.
  2. Indiana orthopedic practice expands partnership with patient monitoring platform

    South Bend (Ind.) Orthopaedics expanded its partnership with PatientIQ, an education and patient outcomes platform.
  3. Robotics company raises $21.3M to expand in US, develop knee replacement system

    Paris-based Ganymed Robotics raised 21 million Euros, or approximately $21.3 million, to support its expansion into the U.S. 

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  1. 'Smart knees' to become as prevalent as robotics in orthopedics, analysts predict

    "Smart" knee implants have only just entered the medtech industry, but BTIG analysts predict they will "become ubiquitous within orthopedics, much like robotics," Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry reported July 6.
  2. Lee Health installs 2 robots for total joint replacement

    Naples, Fla.-based Lee Health has added two orthopedic robots at two hospitals to assist surgeons with hip and knee replacements, Gulfshore Business reported July 6.
  3. Former Medtronic employee, contractor charged in $1M fraud, money-laundering scheme

    A former employee and contractor of Medtronic's Costa Rica business have been charged with conspiring to defraud the company in a $1 million scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  4. Spine, orthopedic organizations take position on image requirement in prior authorizations

    Nine spine and orthopedic societies argue that potential real-time image sharing requirements for prior authorizations may lead to unnecessary delays and denials of care.

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  1. Zimmer Biomet in the 1st half of 2022: 8 notes

    Zimmer Biomet has honed its position in spine and orthopedics in the first half of 2022.
  2. 3Spine's clinical trial, Fuse Medical's partnership and more: 5 device company notes

    A collaboration to develop implants and four more updates from spine devicemakers since June 29:
  3. Orthopedic Centers of Colorado adds smart knee implant

    Denver-based Orthopedic Centers of Colorado added Zimmer Biomet's Persona IQ smart knee implant, CBS Colorado reported July 5.
  4. Enovis acquires Insight Medical Systems

    Enovis acquired Insight Medical Systems, a company focused on orthopedic surgical guidance. 
  1. Neurosurgeon named in Washington lawsuit closes Ohio practice

    Daniel Elskens, MD, a neurosurgeon who allegedly performed unnecessary spine surgeries while practicing at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., is closing his practice at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio, according to the Sandusky Register.
  2. 1 spine, 5 orthopedic surgeons named to medtech advisory board

    Eleven physicians, including one spine surgeon and five orthopedic surgeons, were appointed to the medical advisory board of Irrimax Corp., developer of the Irrisept wound debridement and cleansing system.
  3. Spine patients want answers from Providence

    A Washington attorney representing dozens of spine surgery patients in a class-action lawsuit against Providence Health & Services Washington, has asked the health system to address community concerns in a town hall meeting, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reported July 3.
  4. Spine surgeon Selvon St. Clair debuts Surgalign system in Ohio

    Selvon St. Clair, MD, PhD, performed the first case in Ohio using Surgalign's artificial intelligence and augmented reality system for spine surgery, Surgalign said July 6. 
  5. Dr. Brian Rebolledo debuts hologram technology at Scripps Clinic

    Brian Rebolledo, MD, of Scripps Clinic in San Diego, became the first surgeon in Southern California to use a mixed reality headset for shoulder replacements, the Times of San Diego reported July 5.
  6. Neuroscience institute marks 1,000th surgery with Modus V robot

    Surgeons at the Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute in Pittsburgh completed their 1,000th case with Synaptive's Modus V robotic system.
  7. Dr. Pawel Jankowski, Dr. Harvinder Bedi debut standalone cervical spacer

    Pawel Jankowski, MD, and Harvinder Bedi, MD, performed the first cases with Additive Implants' SureMAX-SA standalone cervical spacer.
  8. OrthoPediatrics completes $33M devicemaker acquisition

    OrthoPediatrics has cemented the acquisition of Pega Medical, a device company that has developed six implants and one instrument to assist surgeons treating musculoskeletal disorders and diseases.
  9. Dr. Sigurd Berven debuts interbody fusion device

    Sigurd Berven, MD, has completed the first clinical use of NovApproach Spine's OneLIF interbody fusion device.

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