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  1. Dr. April Armstrong named vice president of orthopedics at Penn State Health

    April Armstrong, MD, was named vice president for orthopedics at Hershey, Pa.-based Penn State Health Medical Group.
  2. 4 medtech notes: Saluda Medica, VySpine and more

    Here are four updates in orthopedic and spine medtech since Jan. 11:
  3. Orthopedic surgeons with higher surgical volume see improved outcomes, lower patient costs, study finds

    Orthopedic surgeons with high surgical volume were found to have better patient outcomes, according to research from Clarify Health Institute.

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  1. Spine practice leader among 2 buying medical office building space for $1.1M

    Tamer Ghaly, MD, a pain management specialist and owner of Waterbury, Conn.-based iSpine and his partner, Marian Ghaly, bought four office units a Waterbury medical office complex for $1.1 million, Hartford Business Journal reported Jan. 17.
  2. Spine patient sues UC San Diego, alleges he woke up during surgery

    A man who had spine surgery in 2017 is suing University of California San Diego alleging he woke up during the four-hour procedure, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Jan. 17.  
  3. New CPT code for 2-level lumbar disc replacement goes into effect

    The American Medical Association issued a CPT add-on code for the second level in lumbar total disc procedures, devicemaker Centinel Spine said Jan. 18.
  4. 7 things to know about Novant Health's new neuroscience institute

    In January, Novant Health opened its new Neurosciences Institute-New Hanover in Wilmington, N.C., to treat patients with brain and spine injuries from Southeastern North Carolina. Here are seven things to know about the institute: 

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  1. Saluda Medical's spinal cord stimulator effective in 36-month study

    A long-term study of Saluda Medical's Evoke spinal cord stimulator found most patients had significant pain reduction and no explants, the devicemaker said Jan. 17.
  2. VySpine lumbar fusion device gets FDA clearance

    VySpine's LumiVy NanoVy Ti lumbar interbody fusion system earned FDA clearance, the devicemaker said Jan. 17.
  3. Idaho hospital adds spinal navigation system

    The North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, Idaho, has added Globus Medical's robotic spinal surgery navigation system, Excelsius GPS, to its practice, according to a Jan. 16 report from Twin Falls, Idaho, CBS affiliate KMVT.
  4. Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein named orthopedic chair at Illinois hospital

    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., has appointed Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, as its new chair of the department of orthopedic surgery, according to a Jan. 16 report from the Daily Herald. 
  1. Texas hospital to add 6 orthopedic operating rooms

    The Christus Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute's NorthPark campus in Longview, Texas, plans to add six orthopedic operating rooms, according to a Jan. 15 report from the Longview News-Journal. 
  2. NFL player fined $13K for shoving Detroit Lions physician

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker was hit with a fine of $13,261 after shoving a physician from the Detroit Lions, reported Jan. 14. 
  3. UPMC acquires orthopedic hospital in Ireland

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC is acquiring the Sports Surgery Clinic in the Dublin suburb of Santry, Ireland, marking its fourth hospital in the country. 
  4. Campbell Clinic plans 3rd Mississippi location

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Campbell Clinic plans to open a location in Oxford, Miss., The Oxford Eagle reported Jan. 16.
  5. Twin Cities Orthopedics opens bioengineering lab

    Golden Valley, Minn.-based Twin Cities Orthopedics opened a bioengineering lab in Eagan, Minn. Jan. 16.
  6. Dr. Mark Prevost debuts total disc replacement at Alabama hospital

    Mark Prevost, II, MD, completed the first total disc replacement at Jasper, Ala.-based Walker Baptist Medical Center in November, according to a Daily Mountain Eagle report shared by Centinel Spine.
  7. Dr. George Frey appointed as Aclarion adviser

    George Frey, MD, is the latest spine surgeon to join Aclarion as an advisor.
  8. Dr. Norman Waldrop operates on retiring WWE star

    Norman Waldrop, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., performed ankle surgery on retiring World Wrestling Entertainment star Stephanie McMahon, according to a Jan. 13 post on the wrestler's Twitter.
  9. Surgery linked to lower costs, mortality in spinal stenosis: study

    Treating spinal stenosis with surgery instead of opting for conservative approaches is linked with lower two-year mortality rates and lower costs, according to a study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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