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Osteoarthritis and the (not so) Painful Step Toward a Cure

September 17, 2013 10:48 am | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On Tuesday, September 17, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a novel technique for imaging muscle function while in motion. Research in this area could uncover the root of musculoskeletal disorders, such as the development of osteoarthritis following ACL surgery.

Hydrogel Implant Demonstrates Impressive Recovery Rates for Patients with Knee Cartilage Damage

September 16, 2013 11:47 am | by Regentis Biomaterials | News | Comments

Regentis Biomaterials announced today new clinical data demonstrating the efficacy and safety of its GelrinC implant for treating articular cartilage in injured knees. As presented at the International Cartilage Repair Society World Congress in Izmir, Turkey, the clinical results demonstrated sustained knee function improvement over 24 months after implantation and significant pain reduction.

High Rate of Spinal Injuries Among Troops Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

September 16, 2013 11:11 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Spinal injuries are present in 1 out of 9 U.S. military personnel sustaining combat injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan -- a much higher rate than in previous wars, according to a report in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Micromachining Advancements to be Unveiled at MD&M Chicago 2013

September 13, 2013 4:17 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Through significant investments in research and development, OMAX Corporation has made great strides in micro-abrasive waterjet technology, targeting manufacturers that produce parts or part features smaller than 300 microns. The company will spotlight some of its recent micromachining achievements...

Instrumentation for Less Invasive Surgical Fixation of Rib Fractures

September 13, 2013 11:34 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, announced the launch of new instrumentation that enables less invasive surgical fixation and stabilization of rib fractures with the company's MatrixRIB™ System of precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws and intramedullary splints.

Smith & Nephew wants San Diego Chargers team doctor's suit dismissed

September 13, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew wants a federal judge in California to toss a lawsuit filed by a doctor who blames a botched hip implantation on the British medical device company. Dr. David Chao sued Smith & Nephew in the U.S. District Court for Southern California, alleging that inadequate training and faulty surgical scissors for SNN's Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant led to the botched surgery on Kathleen Adams in 2007.

Tyber Medical Receives CE Mark Approval For TyPEEK

September 10, 2013 2:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tyber Medical, a privately held medical device company focused on developing innovative spine and orthopaedic devices for private label opportunities, announces CE Mark approval for TyPEEK, a proprietary titanium plasma sprayed PEEK interbody system.

Consumers Union Calls On Medical Device Makers to Provide Warranties for Hip & Knee Implants

September 10, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers Union is pushing device makers to equip patients with warranties so they will have a better understanding of how long an implant is expected to last and a clear process to follow in the event that it fails prematurely.  Ultimately, warranties will encourage companies to make their devices safer and more durable, according to Consumers Union.

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Unique New PIR Knee System Receives CE Mark

September 9, 2013 4:20 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Moirai Orthopaedics, L.L.C., a Metairie, Louisiana based orthopaedic implant development company, is pleased to announce it has received CE mark approval for its new Pyrocarbon Implant Replacement (PIR) System.  The PIR System, developed in conjunction with the not-for-profit Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers, is intended to treat patients with focal chondral and osteochondral defects of the medial femoral condyle of the knee.

The New FDA Draft Guidance for Biocompatibility: What You Need to Know

September 9, 2013 2:27 pm | by Thor Rollins B.S. RM(NRCM), Biocompatibility Expert, Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a draft guidance document, FDA has placed its summary of ideas regarding biocompatibility and possible changes that could eventually replace FDA G-95 Blue Book Memorandum #G95-1 on biocompatibility. The draft document has been out since April and is widely available, though it has not been formally released.

Made-to-Order Materials

September 6, 2013 10:05 am | by Kimm Fesenmaier, Caltech | News | Comments

The lightweight skeletons of organisms such as sea sponges display a strength that far exceeds that of manmade products constructed from similar materials. Scientists have long suspected that the difference has to do with the hierarchical architecture of the biological materials...

Class action lawsuit against NuVasive proves a huge draw

September 5, 2013 3:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California spinal devices maker NuVasive Inc. has recently gotten very popular with law firms, which began piling onto a class action lawsuit following the revelation that the company is under investigation by the Health & Human Services Dept.'s Office of the Inspector General.

ASTM Medical and Surgical Materials Committee Approves New Orthopedic Hip Implant Standard

September 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by ASTM International | News | Comments

A new ASTM International standard will provide a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in hip replacement surgery. The new standard, ASTM F2996, Practice for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Nonmodular Metallic Orthopaedic Hip Femoral Stems, was developed by Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty, part of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices.

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September 2013 Digital Edition

September 5, 2013 12:04 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. “Disposables in the O.R.” takes a look at the benefits of this trend.

European Market for Orthopedic Biomaterials

September 4, 2013 4:44 pm | by Kamran Zamanian, Ph.D. and Horace Wei MSc., Market Research Analyst, iData Research | Articles | Comments

The European market for orthopedic biomaterials saw a decline between 2010 and 2012 due to a period of economic uncertainty and severe budgetary restrictions. However, this rate of decline has been diminishing, a promising sign for future growth.

Wenzel Spine Granted New Patent

September 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wenzel Spine, Inc., a medical device company focused on providing minimally invasive, stand-alone alternatives to traditional spinal fusion, announced today that it has been granted a new patent related to Wenzel Spine’s Zero-Profile VariLift® Stand-Alone Expandable Interbody Fusion System.

SpineGuard receives Regulatory Ninsho Approval to sell its PediGuard® platform in Japan

September 3, 2013 11:47 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SpineGuard has announced that it has received product certification ("Ninsho") to market its Classic and Curved PediGuard® products in Japan. “This regulatory clearance is the result of a diligent collaborative process with our Japanese partners, notably Surgical Spine Inc...

Tissue Loss Triggers Regeneration in Planarian Flatworms

September 3, 2013 10:26 am | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | News | Comments

Unlike humans, planarian flatworms have the remarkable ability to regrow any missing body part, making them an ideal model with which to study the molecular basis of regeneration. Over the years scientists have learned that planarians mount recovery responses that differ depending on the severity of the injury they suffer.

Biomet’s revised earnings show much wider losses than previously reported

September 3, 2013 8:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biomet amended its Q4 and annual earnings report to reflect a swing to red in Q4 and much deeper losses for the full year compared to earlier reports. The Warsaw, Ind.-based orthopedics company posted losses of $221.2 million on $784 million in sales during the 3-month period ended May 31, 2013.

Class I Recall Strikes Stryker Spine

August 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, MDT | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hit Allendale, NJ-based Stryker’s Spine division with a Class I recall for the company’s OASYS Midline Occiput Plate. According to reports, Stryker learned that a post-operative fracture can occur in the pin that connects ...

The Fine Art of Machining

August 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Crescent Industries, Inc. | Articles | Comments

While machining may not be specified as much as it once was in the medical device industry (outside of the orthopedic realm, that is), it is still very much a necessary component fabrication process for this industry. In fact, machining is being utilized across an array of device sectors, from surgical tools, fixation devices, and dental implants to components for medical pumps, instrumentation, and implantables.

Disposables in the O.R.

August 28, 2013 3:03 pm | by James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President, ECA Medical Instruments | Articles | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. Offering an array of benefits for OEMs and hospitals alike, such as cost savings, improved efficiencies, and enhanced safety, without sacrificing the durability and strength of more traditional instruments, it’s no wonder this trend is occurring.

Glass Scaffolds Help Heal Bone

August 28, 2013 2:23 pm | by Andrew Careaga, Missouri University of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a type of glass implant that could one day be used to repair injured bones in the arms, legs and other areas of the body that are most subject to the stresses of weight. This marks the first time researchers have shown a glass implant strong enough to bear weight can also integrate with bone and promote bone growth.

First U.S. Surgery Transmitted Live Via Google Glass

August 28, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

A surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in the United States to consult with a distant colleague using live, point-of-view video from the operating room via Google Glass, a head-mounted computer and camera device.

Google Glass Used to Broadcast Surgical Procedure

August 28, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Videos | Comments

During this procedure at the medical center’s University East facility, Dr. Christopher Kaeding wore the device as he performed ACL surgery on Paula Kobalka, 47, from Westerville, Ohio, who hurt her knee playing softball. As he performed her operation at a facility on the east side of Columbus, Google Glass showed his vantage point via the internet to audiences miles away.

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