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Hip Implant Costs Are a Medical Mystery, Study Says

February 13, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A Washington University project intended to uncover the cost of hip replacement procedures made the unindented discovery that around half of the hospitals could provide no estimates. Among the more than 100 hospitals contacted by the researcher, those that could provide figures ranged from around $11,000 to more than $125,000.

AxioMed® Spine Corporation Announces Freedom® Cervical Disc European Introduction

February 12, 2013 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 12, 2013--AxioMed ® Spine Corporation ( www.axiomed.com ) announces the commercial introduction of its Freedom ® Cervical Disc in Europe with a successful implantation in Switzerland. The Freedom Cervical Disc received CE Mark in 2012. AxioMed will also...

Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn: Physical Therapy Performed in Intensive Care Units Improves Patient Outcomes

February 12, 2013 6:24 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK , Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Science Daily has recently released an article that explains the value of physical therapy when performed in the intensive care unit (ICU). While the use of physical therapy at such an early stage in a patient's recovery has not always been accepted, the article asserts that researchers from Johns Hopkins have revealed that the ability to reduce...

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Vexim Accelerates Its European Development by Establishing a Subsidiary in the UK

February 11, 2013 2:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOULOUSE, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 11, 2013--Regulatory News: Vexim (Paris:ALVXM) (FR0011072602 – ALVXM), a medical device company specializing in minimally invasive treatment of vertebral fractures, today announces the establishment of a new subsidiary, VEXIM UK Ltd that will enable the...

Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Bill Walton, Tours the Nation to Speak About Life-Changing Spine Surgery

February 7, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, announced today that Bill Walton, Basketball Hall-of-Famer and a Better Way Back® patient ambassador, has successfully completed a nationwide tour...

Stryker wins $70M judgment in wound debridement patent case against Zimmer

February 6, 2013 11:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A federal jury in Michigan yesterday awarded $70 million in damages plus royalties to Stryker (NYSE:SYK) in a patent infringement lawsuit against Zimmer (NYSE:ZMH) over wound debridement devices. Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker sued orthopedics rival Zimmer in December 2010...

Sensortech Announces New, Ligament Balancing TKA Smart Insert

February 6, 2013 6:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensortech Corporation announced advancement of their new, orthopedic knee alignment product, the Force Check Knee Replacement Smart Insert designed for improving total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgeries. Incorporating FDA-approved Bluetooth 4 low energy technology, and FDA-approved plastics...

FDA Clears Sculptor Robotic Guidance Arm for Unicompartmental Knee Replacement Surgery

February 5, 2013 12:11 pm | by Stanmore Implants | News | Comments

Stanmore Implants, specialists in the design and manufacture of patient specific and modular orthopedic implants, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its Sculptor Robotic Guidance Arm™ for precision implant placement in unicompartmental knee surgery, also known as partial knee resurfacing.

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The Better Way Back(R), a NuVasive(R) Patient Education Program, Reaches 1,000 Patient Ambassadors

February 5, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is pleased to announce that The Better Way Back®, a NuVasive supported patient education program, has reached over 1,000 active...

Breg Introduces Post-operative Knee Brace and Other New Orthopedic Products

February 5, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, announced today four new products that will advance the orthopedic practice. The highlight of the new introduction is a next generation post-operative knee...

Oticon Medical Certified as Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Supplier

February 5, 2013 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SOMERSET, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 5, 2013--Oticon Medical today announced that the company has obtained accreditation as a Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Supplier from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Oticon Medical is now accredited to bill the Medicare Part B...

Novel Absorbable Scaffold for Breakthrough Surgical Applications

January 31, 2013 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Biomedical Structures, LLC (BMS), a designer, developer and manufacturer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, announced its BIOFELT® absorbable scaffold for implant devices...

Little Girl’s “Magic Arms” Exoskeleton Design – Created by Stratasys 3D Printer Customer – is up for Designs of the Year Award

January 25, 2013 2:28 pm | by Stratasys | Stratasys Inc. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing, says that the “magic arms” WREX exoskeleton, designed by Nemours/Alfred l. duPont Hospital for Children, has been nominated for the Designs of the Year 2013 awards by London’s Design Museum.

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ARGO Medical Technologies Unveils Advancement of its Exoskeleton Technology with Launch of ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0

January 22, 2013 2:53 pm | by ARGO Medical Technologies | News | Comments

ARGO Medical Technologies has unveiled the newest generation of its ReWalk Rehabilitation exoskeleton that enables individuals with spinal cord injuries the ability to walk again. The 2.0 system is designed to make it easier to treat multiple individuals each day, it also has new software features that support beginner users and new sizing that allows each system to fit a broader range of patients.

Parker Names New Exoskeleton Device Indego

January 21, 2013 9:44 am | by PRNewswire | Parker Hannifin Corp. | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it will market its new exoskeleton device under the name Indego™. Parker recently announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Vanderbilt University for its exoskeleton technology, which allows individuals with severe spinal cord injury to walk and enhances rehabilitation for people who have suffered a stroke.

Emerging Biologics: Breaking Down Barriers with Device Companies and the FDA

January 3, 2013 3:29 pm | by Christopher Velis | Articles | Comments

Medical devices and man-made materials have achieved major advances over recent decades. However, a new drumbeat is sounding in healthcare, as the steady growth in the use of biologics in medical procedures is gaining traction. Man-made materials will always have a place in the case of acute trauma, but biologics have the potential to take over as the most effective solution for degenerative conditions.

Flexing fingers for micro-robotics: Berkeley Lab scientists create a powerful, microscale actuator

December 18, 2012 5:01 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like a tiny beckoning finger. Based on an oxide material that expands and contracts dramatically in response to a small temperature variation

New Biomaterial gets “Sticky” with Stem Cells

December 12, 2012 4:25 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Just like the bones that hold up your body, your cells have their own scaffolding that holds them up. This scaffolding, known as the extracellular matrix, or ECM, not only props up cells but also provides attachment sites, or “sticky spots,” to which cells can bind, just as bones hold muscles in place.

aap Implantate AG Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for LOQTEQ Trauma Plating System

December 10, 2012 3:36 pm | News | Comments

aap Implantate AG, a global medical device company focused on innovative trauma products and biomaterials for the orthopaedic market, announced that the first six systems of the LOQTEQ® Trauma Plating family of products has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), following clearance of the first LOQTEQ® product in August 2012.

OMTEC 2013

November 29, 2012 12:03 pm | Events

The Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC), was the first event of its kind and remains the predominant choice in the education of orthopaedic device company professionals. Now in its 9th year, the mission of OMTEC remains the same...

Medica and Compamed 2012 Reflect Status of Medical Market

November 27, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

The recent staging of MEDICA 2012, International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, and the concurrently held COMPAMED 2012, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, in Düsseldorf, Germany reflected the demand for medical technology and products with stable attendance figures: 130,600 visitors from 120 countries...

Parker Signs Licensing Agreement with Vanderbilt for Exoskeleton Technology and Targets Commercial Launch in 2014

November 5, 2012 12:37 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Vanderbilt University for its exoskeleton technology, which allows individuals with severe spinal cord injury to walk and enhances rehabilitation for people who have suffered a stroke.

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New Image Guided Instrumentation for Viper® 2 and Expedium® Spine Systems at NASS

October 26, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine announced new image guided instrumentation for two of its leading spine systems and has entered into a new partnership agreement with Brainlab, enabling both companies to offer integrated surgical navigation and imaging solutions.

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches First Access System for Minimally Invasive Posterior-Lateral Fusion

October 24, 2012 11:27 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine announced the launch of the SPOTLIGHT® PL Access System, the first access system designed specifically for minimally invasive posterior-lateral fusion. The announcement was made here at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting, where the company is featuring its broad portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional spinal surgery solutions.

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New Anterior Cervical Interbody Fusion System

October 24, 2012 11:21 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine today announced the launch of the ACIS™ Anterior Cervical Interbody Spacer System (ACIS System), a comprehensive set of spacers and instrumentation for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). The announcement was made here at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting, where the company is featuring the ACIS System alongside the ZERO-P® VA...

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