MicroPort Orthopedics launches new tibial system

MicroPort Orthopedics – a medical device company that develops and manufactures joint replacement implants designed to help patients achieve full function faster – announced the launch of the Evolution revision tibial system and Evolution BioFoam tibia. “MicroPort Orthopedics continues to grow its product portfolio with a steady cadence of product launches,” said Aurelio Sahagun, president of MicroPort

3D printed models shed light on treating heel deformities

Using 3D printed models of a patient’s foot, investigators at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have found that the 3 leading procedures for treating heel deformities do not adequately correct the debilitating problem. Investigators used 18 identical 3D prints of a single patient’s heel to evaluate the most common techniques for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a genetic

Turns out people can hear prostheses attached to their skeletons

Attach prostheses directly to people’s skeletons, and they can actually hear vibrations in their implants, according to Swedish and Italian researchers. The discovery provides a better understanding of osseoperception – the way that people with osseointegrated prostheses can “feel” mechanical stimulation of the device. “Until now, the consensus was that the sense of touch played the primary role in

DSM introduces the first black medical-grade UHMWPE fiber

DSM Biomedical has released its Dyneema Purity Black fiber that is the first and only black ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) medical fiber. The black fiber builds upon what Dyneema Purity fibers are known for like strength, being that it is 15 times stronger than steel. It also has a small profile, high pliability and

Total disc replacement could have a problem: Here’s why

Total disc replacement (TDR) has the potential to replace fusion as the gold standard for treatment of painful degenerative disc disease. However, complications after TDR have been associated with wear and tear, including accelerated polyethylene wear. Retrieval data published in 2012 revealed that the wear and tear, called impingement issues, have occurred in many designs, which can lead

Failure to thrive: Lessons learned from medtech innovations that missed the mark

Some of the medical device industry’s most heralded disruptors wound up being its biggest failures. Here’s what we can learn from their mistakes. Fink Densford, Associate Editor No one in medtech sets out to fail. No one invests in building a device believing that, despite years of research and development, it won’t make the cut.

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This new hydrogel can regrow bone in skulls

Researchers in Illinois say they were able to regrow bone to repair a hole in a mouse’s skull. The researchers, based at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, think their work could lead to significant improvement in the care of people with severe skull or face trauma. They say they were able to regenerate skull bone

Turns out knee surgery can hold even in heavier patients

Increased body mass index is actually a poor predictor of whether a common type of knee surgery, meniscal repair, will fail, according to new research out of Ohio State University. The results matter because experts assumed that BMI plays a role when it came to the roughly 15% of meniscal repairs that fail, said Dr. David

Covestro polycarbonates instrumental to orthopedic surgery innovation

Orthopedic implants are helpful in restoring the quality of life for patients suffering from pain and reduced mobility. Bio2 Technologies of Woburn, Mass. has developed Vitrium Bioactive Glass Implants that are an alternative to allograft and porous metals. In addition to this innovative material, the company is also taking a novel approach to the surgical

Phecda is world’s first robot-assisted upper cervical vertebrae surgery

Chinese surgeons implanted a screw to support a neck bone with the help of a robot in what they’re touting as the world’s first upper cervical vertebrae robot-assisted surgery. The Beijing Tinavi Medical Technology robot, named Phecda, was used to assist the surgeon at Beijing Jishuitan Hospital. Phecda is a surgical robot that has a

Safe Orthopaedics releases connectors and cement injectables for spinal surgery

Safe Orthopaedics has released its transverse connector that it designed to rigidify the stabilization of posterior spinal osteosynthesis, and a injectable cement for Cypress screws. The cement injectables that go into the vertebrae improve the anchoring strength of Cypress screws. Improving the strength reduces the risk of postoperative instability and the need to have surgery

Medical robotics has a future in China

A host of medical robotics outfits have emerged in China in recent years as companies seek to take advantage of the country’s growing need to automate medicine, GCiS China Strategic Research analyst Siao Tin Soh writes in Robohub. China’s medical robots market was up more than a third in 2016, to 791 million Chinese yuan

Adams simulations help diagnose knee problems

Despite great strides in biomechanics, there are surprising gaps in our understanding of the human body and how it works. For example, the knee joint is at the center of a kinetic chain that starts at the foot and eventually connects the pelvis. But the connection between the tibia and femur provides little geometric constraint.

Medacta launches new hip implant and celebrates 20,000 GMK Sphere Knee implants

Medacta International, the privately held family-owned global designer of innovative joint replacement and spine surgery products, showcased its new MasterLoc Hip System and GMK Sphere Knee at the 26th American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting, held from November 10 to 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. “Medacta’s commitment to surgical innovation is on display

Tyber launches TyPEEK lateral implant system

Tyber Medical, a privately held company focused on developing innovative medical devices for private label opportunities and advancing the science of bioengineered surfaces, announces the full commercial launch of its lateral access system, 2nd generation lateral PEEK/titanium composite interbody, and lateral plating system. The Tyber Medical lateral access retractor employs a popular 3-blade design for