Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. FDA clears two surgical robots focused on imaging, spine

    The FDA approved two Brainlab surgical robots: the Loop-X Mobile Imaging Robot and Cirq, a robotic surgical system for spine procedures, the company announced Feb. 22.
  2. CON denial stalls North Carolina orthopedic hospital project

    Wilmington, N.C.-based New Hanover Regional Medical Center's certificate of need application to build a $210 million hospital has been denied by state regulators, Wilmington StarNews reports.
  3. Tennessee hospital commended for safety of spinal fusions

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Williamson Medical Center has been honored for the safety and quality of its spinal fusions, Williamson Source reported Feb. 22.

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  1. Dr. Sonia Eden named interim neurosurgery chair at Wayne State University

    Wayne State University in Detroit named Sonia Eden, MD, interim chair of its neurosurgery department, effective Feb. 24, while a search is conducted for a permanent chair.
  2. Zimmer Biomet CEO named as board chair

    Zimmer Biomet President and CEO Bryan Hanson will replace non-executive chair of the board Larry Glasscock, who is retiring in May.
  3. 4 new device launches in January

    Here are four devices launched in January:
  4. Dr. Ali Mesiwala joins Disc Sports & Spine Center

    Ali Mesiwala, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, joined Newport Beach, Calif.-based Disc Sports & Spine Center Feb. 22.
  1. SeaSpine launches 3D-printed transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion system: 3 details

    SeaSpine, a global spine device company based in Carlsbad, Calif., launched a 3D-printed interbody implant system Feb. 22.
  2. Top spine reads — Zimmer Biomet names spinoff CEO, 'Dr. Death' spine patient dies and more

    Here are the most-read articles from Becker's Spine Review during the week of Feb. 15-19:
  3. U of Louisville sports medicine chief charged with illegal import, distribution of human growth hormone

    The chief of sports medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine faces federal charges of conspiring to obtain and distribute unapproved human growth hormone.
  4. 17 spine devices receiving FDA clearance in January

    The FDA cleared 17 spine devices in January.
  1. Dr. Anthony Russo 1st to implant novel allograft for spine surgery

    Butte-based Montana Orthopedics' Anthony Russo, MD, became the first spine surgeon in the U.S. to implant Kore Fiber, a demineralized cortical fiber allograft.
  2. A state-by-state breakdown of centers adding robots in 2020

    Ohio had the most centers that adopted surgical robots for spine and orthopedic procedures in 2020, with seven hospitals and health systems adding technology.
  3. Will disc replacement supersede spinal fusion? 8 spine surgeons weigh in

    On the back of two-year data comparing the M6-C cervical disc with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion published in The Spine Journal, eight surgeons discuss the future of total disc replacement in spine:
  4. Camber spine to launch OLIF training program for surgeons

    Device company Camber Spine is launching a multicity surgical training series for oblique lateral interbody fusion, beginning Feb. 27 at the Miami Anatomical Research Institute.
  5. Globus Medical posts 10% jump in Q4 sales: 6 details

    For 2020, Globus Medical, developer of the ExcelsiusGPS spine robot, reported net sales increased 0.5 percent to $789 million year over year.
  6. Smith+Nephew sees 2020 revenue drop, aims for 2021 rebound with new products

    Smith+Nephew reported a double-digit drop in 2020 revenue, but aims to return to top-line growth this year.
  7. 15-physician NY orthopedic practice joins Spire Orthopedic Partners

    Spire Orthopedic Partners, a new practice management company focused on orthopedics and spine, added a New York practice Feb. 18.
  8. Orthopedic surgeon joins Osso VR's advisory board

    Orthopedic surgeon Ken Yamaguchi, MD, was named to Osso VR's advisory board.
  9. These CMS changes would significantly improve spine care: 6 surgeons weigh in

    From revamping codes to reversing prior authorization requirements and increasing reimbursement, six spine surgeons discuss CMS changes that would enhance spine care.

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