Zimmer Biomet wins FDA nod for Sidus stem-free shoulder system

Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) said today it won FDA clearance for its Sidus stem-free shoulder system. The newly cleared Sidus system is designed as a total shoulder arthroplasty solution for patients with good bone stock with either osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthrosis, focal avascular necrosis of the humeral head or those who’ve had previous surgeries of the shoulder that […]

This orthopedic implant was originally designed for NASA

A patient at the Rambam Medical Center in Israel was recently implanted with a polymer-made ballast that was originally designed for NASA. Roxana Smarsky has a disease that causes the head of her femur to contract. She recently had to have orthopedic surgery to replace her hip that was worn and causing pain because of

How Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program is promoting innovation

For nearly a decade, Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program has worked with surgeons who have innovative ideas but aren’t starting their own companies. The program provides a third innovation route on top of the major two for big medical device companies: internal R&D and acquisition of smaller companies with new technologies. “A company the size of Smith

Medicare finalizes cuts to value-based healthcare programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday finalized cuts to a trio of bundled payment pilot programs aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving outcomes. The federal health insurer cut the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, or CJR, effectively in half, from 67 geographic areas participating to 34, meaning about 470 hospital participants instead of 800. […]

These 7 antique medical devices will make you shudder

It’s a good thing we live in the times of modern medicine. Historically, medical devices have been scary and unorthodox – and sometimes amounted to downright quackery. Surprisingly, a lot of these devices were thought to be useful in their era, long before the U.S. FDA started preapproving devices (which wasn’t until the 1970s). You

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Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 20, 2017

From InspireMD’s distribution deal to RenalGuard touting a new study, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. InspireMD inks Chile distribution deal InspireMD announced in an Oct. 12 press release that it has signed a distribution deal with CorpMedical Chile to distribute the MGuard Prime

DSM Biomedical and Cerapedics partner for peptide enhanced bone graft

DSM Biomedical has partnered with Cerapedics to create and manufacture the next generation of peptide-enhanced bone graft. The partnerships allows for DSM’s regenerative materials capabilities to be used with Cerapedics’s proprietary synthetic small peptide (P-15) technology. Designed for fast and predictable remodeling in bone graft substitute applications, DSM’s newest bioceramic platform is make of a

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 13, 2017

From Orthocell’s distribution deal to CorNeat unveiling its artificial cornea, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. OrthoCell inks Australian distro deal Orthocell announced in an Oct. 10 press release that it has signed a distribution deal with Surgical Specialities. The deal will make Surgical Specialities the

Dynatronics closes Bird & Cronin buy

Dynatronics said early this month it closed its acquisition of orthopedic manufacturer Bird & Cronin after signing an agreement to purchase the company on Sept. 27. Cottonwood Heights, Utah-based Dynatronics also raised a total of $11 million in 2 different funding round, according to an SEC filing, with funds slated to support the acquisition. A

What are orthopedic coatings?

Here are some important facts medical device designers need to know about orthopedic coatings, courtesy of Orchid. An orthopedic coating is used on implants to help improve the functionality of an implant. Usually, the coatings can help define the geometry and the mechanical strength of an implant, according to Orchid (Holt, Mich.). Coatings can be applied to

How Integer is creating cutting-edge disposable ortho surgical tools

With health providers increasingly demanding single-use devices, Integer successfully created disposable bone-cutting tools for its orthopedic device customers. Gary Victor, Integer Within healthcare today, there is a heightened focus on “value” – on the episode of care and the need to deliver improved patient care outcomes and lower overall costs. A related trend in the

How Consensus Orthopedics added smarts to orthopedic devices

Consensus Orthopedics made headlines with its TracPatch this year. So how did an ortho company get a digital product to market? Let’s face it, orthopedic devices are dumb. That is to say, they are mute. Silent. And in today’s healthcare environment, the silent kind of dumb is dangerous. Consensus Orthopedics (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) wanted to

This 3D printed implant replaces skull bone

A New Jersey doctor turned to Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes and a 3D printed implant to replace missing skull bone in a patient. The procedure was performed after the patient suffered brain swelling and the skull became infected. Dr. Gaurav Gupta, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, had to

CTL Medical wins FDA clearance for titanium cage device

CTL Medical Corp. (Dallas) recently announced that it has secured FDA clearance for its new Matisse titanium ACIF cage implant for spine fusion surgery. The device, which includes CTL Medical’s proprietary TiCro surface technology, has 200% greater endplate contact surface area, according to CTL. The Matisse also has bone-conforming geometry for better mechanical locking at the

Orchid Design hires new engineering director

Surgical device designer Orchid Design has a new engineering director for its Shelton, Conn., design center. Brandon Beckendorf will oversee the development of orthopedic and spine products for Orchid’s customers, Orchid announced July 25. Beckendorf was most recently director of engineering at OsteoMed, where he introduced lean product development, DFx, concurrent engineering and other processes