Paula Spurlock was experiencing intense itching following hip replacement surgery. It turned out that she was allergic to the hip implant and the bone cement used to keep the implant in place. Now, a new test can help to prevent this type of problem for future patients who require an orthopedic implant.
A growing number of patients learn of allergies to new hips and knees only after surgery is done. Imagine what Paula Spurlock must have been going through. Shortly after having a hip replaced in 2011, the trouble started. "I had horrible itching, really bad migraines and intense pain throughout my body," she said. "I couldn't take it. Every single thing in me itched."
It’s a familiar scenario – a patient receives a medical implant and days later, the body attacks the artificial valve or device, causing complications to an already compromised system. Expensive, state-of-the-art medical devices and surgeries often are thwarted by the body’s natural response to attack something in the tissue that appears foreign.
In new research published online May 13, 2013 in Advanced Materials, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are the first to report that synthetic silicate nanoplatelets (also known as layered clay) can induce stem cells to become bone cells without the need of additional bone-inducing factors.
Xiphos™ ALIF, a VESTAKEEP® PEEK-based spinal implant developed by DiFusion Technologies, has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) approval for use in Interbody Fusion Devices (IBF) devices. “DiFusion Technologies is very excited about the FDA 510(k) approval of the VESTAKEEP® PEEK-based Xiphos™ ALIF spinal implant,” said Derrick Johns, managing director of DiFusion Technologies.
Ceramic injection molded products are increasingly being used in the manufacture of innovative medical components and devices, thanks to the unique range of material and performance attributes. In this article, the material, its key features, and the growing range of applications for which it is suited are highlighted.
It’s no secret that getting a medical device to market can be a lengthy, frustrating process. Facing the new medical device excise tax and lack of clarity from the FDA around regulatory policies, medtech startups are now starting to rethink launching in the U.S.
AUDUBON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2013--Globus Medical, Inc. (NYSE: GMED), a leading spinal implant manufacturer, today announced the launch of FORTIFY ® I, an expandable corpectomy spacer with integrated screws for further stability in addition to supplemental fixation. “The FORTIFY ® I...
When Michael Gore stands, it's a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.
A University of North Texas professor has filed a patent on a new laser technology he and his research associate developed for cutting and shaping bone that causes minimal damage to the surrounding tissue and bones, could speed up surgery and recovery times, and even lessen the amount of blood lost during operations.
Wireless healthcare is upon us. Each day, it seems more devices and technology are becoming untethered or new capabilities are being added to wireless devices. No longer are the applications of wireless devices limited to patient monitoring, but rather an array of therapies are now available for treating patients at home or even on the go.
Pluristem Carving Out Distinct Niche in Orthopedic Medicine With New Clinical Trials in Rotator Cuff RepairMay 8, 2013 7:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments
Pluristem (NASDAQ: PSTI) recently announced a new Phase I trial to check safety and evaluate effectiveness of its PLX-PAD cells in chronic tendonitis often leading to rotator cuff disorders, common in tennis players and golfers, where there are roughly 200,000 rotator cuff surgeries done each...
The Combat Ready Clamp made history Friday when it received new critical indications from the FDA making it the first device of its kind approved to treat unmanageable amputations and pelvic wounds not addressable with standard limb tourniquets.
Mitek Sports Medicine, a leading orthopaedics sports medicine company, announced the launch of the HEALIX 3.4-mm Suture Anchor, the company's smallest dual-thread suture anchor for rotator cuff repair, and the launch of a new double-loaded minimally invasive partial thickness rotator cuff repair system, as part of its HEALIX TRANSTEND Implant System.
Maxim Surgical, a new designer and manufacturer of spinal implants, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its new MaxFuse-C cervical interbody fusion system made of Zeniva polyetheretherketone rods from Solvay Specialty Polymers.
Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.
Double-amputee Jason Koger used to fly hundreds of miles to visit a clinician when he wanted to adjust the grips on his bionic hands. Now, he's got an app. Koger came to Philadelphia this week to demonstrate the i-limb ultra revolution, a prosthetic developed by the British firm Touch Bionics....
A team of researchers led by a Boston University Biomedical Engineer has developed a new joint lubricant that could bring longer lasting relief to millions of osteoarthritis sufferers. The new synthetic polymer supplements synovial fluid, the natural lubricant in joints, and works better than comparable treatments currently available.
A prototype lab is tasked with inventing solutions to design challenges presented to them by surgeons with medical device ideas. Utilizing a fused-deposition modeling machine and design software, engineers are able to create physical prototypes of medical devices that are able to be put through functional testing.
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other.
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymer, which could be used in medical devices.
Study Demonstrates Significant Pain Reduction with DFINE Star Tumor Ablation System in Spinal MetastasesMay 1, 2013 4:40 pm | by DFINE, Inc. | News | Comments
DFINE, Inc., the developer of minimally invasive radiofrequency (RF) targeted therapies for the treatment of vertebral pathologies, released study results highlighting the clinical benefits of advanced Targeted-Radiofrequency Ablation™ (t-RFA) therapy for the management of patients experiencing painful spinal lesions.
This article offers the personal perspective of an industrial designer in his quest to utilize advanced prototyping technology to enable the fabrication of custom orthopedic prosthetics that not only offered the standard function required of such a device, but also one that reflected the personality and style of its owner.
The newly reformatted MD&M East four day conference running alongside the tradeshow, covers everything you need to know from concept development to supplier management, giving you the essential updates to successfully management every step in the product development efficiently and cost effectively.
Wenzel Spine, a medical device company focused on providing minimally invasive, stand-alone alternatives to traditional spinal fusion, today announced the launch of the VariLift-C Stand-Alone Zero-Profile Expandable Cervical Interbody Fusion Device.