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Joimax introduces Endoscopic Generation 4 Devices and showcases new 3D-printed titanium...

At the 2018 annual meeting of the German Spine Society (DWG; 6—8 December, Wiesbaden, Germany), joimax will be introducing its Endoscopic Generation 4 Devices and...

Spineology announces new board members

Bob Paulson and Phil Soran have been appointed to Spineology’s board of directors. Phil Soran is an entrepreneur who has founded several technology companies and...

FDA clearance for SAXXONY posterior cervical thoracic spine system

FDA 510(k) clearance has been granted for the SAXXONY posterior cervical thoracic system (Nexxt Spine). The system is designed to stabilise cervical (C1 to...

Mainstay Medical to showcase ReActiv8 and key clinical data at the...

It has been announced that Mainstay Medical will participate in the upcoming 13th German Spine Congress of the Deutsche Wirbelsäulengesellschaft (DWG; 6—8 December, Wiesbaden,...

FDA advisory committee to review Evenity (romosozumab) for the treatment of...

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee (BRUDAC) are to review data supporting the Biologics License Application...

FDA 510(k) clearance for Astura Medical’s spinal fixation system

FDA 510(k) clearance has been granted for the Olympic minimally invasive surgery (MIS) posterior spinal fixation system (Astura Medical). The Olympic MIS system delivers a...

University College Hospital advances surgical skills training with adoption of FundamentalVR...

A partnership has been announced between FundamentalVR and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). Two surgical simulators have been installed at UCLH’s...

FDA clears SpinalCyte IND application for universal donor cell therapy to...

The FDA has cleared SpinalCyte’s Investigational New Drug (IND) protocol for CybroCell. This is considered to be the first IND approval for a fibroblast...

First US clinical use of the Voyant system for minimally invasive...

The first US clinical human use of the Voyant system (Viseon) for minimally invasive spine surgery access, illumination and visualisation has been announced. The...

Positive payor policy covering coflex by AmeriHealth Caritas for the surgical...

An AmeriHealth Caritas Clinical Policy, dated 1 September, 2018, has been issued for the exclusive coverage of the coflex interlaminar stabilisation device (Paradigm Spine) for...

Zimmer Biomet recalls 1,360 spinal fusion and long bone stimulators

Zimmer Biomet recalled 1,360 spinal fusion and long bone stimulators due to a lack of adequate validation and controls to ensure product cleanliness. The...

RSNA 2018: Versatile portfolio for most diverse and individual imaging demands

At this year's annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA; 25-30 November, Chicago, USA), Ziehm Imaging presents a range of mobile...

Donna Ohnmeiss

A self-described “long-shot” and in the first generation of her family to attend university, Donna Ohnmeiss speaks to Spinal News International about why she chose...

Eurospine audience sceptical of digital learning’s potential in spinal surgery training

As emerging and existing technologies continue to shape the way we communicate and spread knowledge, the potentials of digital learning is given increasing consideration....

Combating the rise in predatory publishing

“Dear Distinguished Professor, we invite you to submit...” Christopher M Bono warns of the rise in predatory publishing, drawing on his own experiences of...

Statera Spine announces company formation

Statera Spine has announced the formation of the company as a subsidiary of Ortho Kinematics. Statera will leverage the operational backbone and technology platform developed...

Surgical intervention found to significantly improve frailty in adult cervical deformity

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A recent study has reported significant improvements in patients’ frailty status at one-year after surgery, as shown by the cervical deformity frailty index (CD-FI)....

Is all ignorance bliss? Expenses for implants in surgery decrease when...

Costs were found to decrease for implants in surgery when prices were known, concludes a study presented by Andrew Glennie from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada,...

“The last 25 years has seen a technological revolution”: What will...

Paul Arnold, a spine surgeon based in Kansas for most of his career, now practising at the University of Illinois, USA, and current chair...

EOS imaging announces installations of first EOS systems in Spain and...

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  EOS imaging have announced the first two installations in Barcelona, Spain at Clavel's Instituto, a spine centre of Hospital Quiron, and the HM Delfos...

Mazor Robotics shareholders approve US$1.64B Medtronic transaction

Mazor Robotics has announced that at a Special General Meeting of Shareholders held on 19 November, 2018, Mazor shareholders approved the previously announced definitive...

Clinical launch of SurGenTec GraftGun system prefilled with ViBone a resounding...

SurGenTec has announced the successful completion of the initial clinical launch of its new GraftGun bone graft delivery system combined with ViBone Viable Bone Matrix...

Spinal News International Issue 49 – November 2018

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Highlights: Costs curbing the rise of robotics in spinal surgery Augmented reality surgical navigation technology enables high accuracy pedicle screw placement Eurospine audience sceptical...

A neurosurgeon’s experience with PEEK-OPTIMA™ HA Enhanced devices

This advertorial has been sponsored by INVIBIO™ Jill Wright Donaldson, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Community Hospital North (Indianapolis, IN, USA), specialising in the surgical...

Medicrea achieves 3,000 surgery milestone with UNiD ASI and patient-specific implants

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Medicrea has announced that the 3,000th surgery utilising Medicrea’s patient-specific UNiD ASI technology has been successfully completed. Five years after its initial launch, over 3,000...

Vertiflex announces 85% reduction in patients using opioids after treatment with...

  Vertiflex has announced additional results from a randomised, controlled trial of its Superion Indirect Decompression System in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The...

Zimmer Biomet Spine announces FDA approval of Mobi-C Cervical Disc labelling...

  Zimmer Biomet has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an extension to the Mobi-C Cervical Disc labelling to include...

Altus Capital Partners acquires ChoiceSpine

Altus Capital Partners today announced it has acquired ChoiceSpine. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ChoiceSpine and Knox Spine (collectively, the Company) collaborates...

First ASC in southeast USA purchases Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance system

Baptist Medical Park Surgery Centre, an ASC facility in Pensacola, Florida, USA, announced that it has successfully completed their first SI Fusion procedure...

RTI Surgical announces HealthPartners’ positive coverage decision for minimally invasive sacroiliac...

RTI Surgical has announced that HealthPartners, the largest consumer governed non-profit healthcare organisation in the USA, issued a positive coverage decision for minimally invasive sacroiliac...

CE mark clearance for the Jazz Cap System, a screw securing...

  Implanet has announced the award of CE marking for the Jazz Cap System, developed to meet the constraints of vertebral fusion indications in adults. Jazz...

Global orthopaedic devices market worth US$47.7 billion by 2026

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  The "Orthopaedic devices market size, share and trends analysis report by application (hip, knee, spine, cranio-maxillofacial, dental, SET), by product (accessories, surgical devices), and segment...

Aurora Spine announces exclusive patent licence agreement for MIS SI joint...

Aurora Spine has announced that it has acquired an exclusive licence to US patent number 9,451,986 titled “Percutaneous sacroiliac joint implant and method for...

Biogen scoops sixth Prix Galien award with UK for life-changing rare...

Biogen was announced as the winner of the Orphan Product Award at last night’s UK Prix Galien 2018, for Spinraza, which in 2017 became...

The world’s first combined endoscopic and robotic-guided spine surgery is performed...

Colin Haines and Christopher Good, spine surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute, Virginia, USA, have performed the world’s first spinal surgery using combined endoscopic and...

NuVasive launches Brigade Lateral implant and instrumentation optimised for lateral ALIF...

NuVasive has announced the US commercial launch of Brigade Lateral, the industry's first interbody implant and instrumentation optimised for lateral anterior lumbar interbody fusion...

Stryker closes US$1.4B K2M buy

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Stryker has closed its US$1.4 billion acquisition of K2M. With the acquisition, K2M will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Stryker, the companies said. Stryker paid US$27.50 per...

Life Spine announces initiation of PROLIFT Expandable Interbody clinical study

Life Spine has announced the initiation of the PROLIFT Expandable clinical study with Ahmed Khan, Central Connecticut Neurosurgery and Spine, Connecticut, USA. Mariusz Knap, vice president...

SpinalCyte announces sustained 12-month MRI outcomes after CybroCell injection

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SpinalCyte has announced that a single injection of modified human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) resulted in significant improvements of disc height and pain reduction 12...

Simplify Medical completes enrolment in US IDE pivotal trial of Simplify...

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Simplify Medical, maker of the Simplify cervical artificial disc, has announced that it has completed the enrolment and treatment of all patients in its US...

Children’s Scoliosis Foundation offers members health management app via Backpack Health

Backpack Health’s cloud-based mobile app offers paediatric scoliosis patients and their caregivers a centralised platform to manage health data and connect with the global...

NMPA accepts new drug application for IBI303, a biosimilar candidate to...

Innovent Biologics, a biopharmaceutical company, has announced that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA, successor to the CFDA) has accepted its new drug application...

Bio2 Technologies receives FDA IDE approval to begin clinical study of...

Bio2 Technologies, a privately held orthopaedics company, has announced that it received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin enrolment in an...

EOS imaging leadership transition to strengthen US strategy

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EOS imaging has announced the change of its leadership effective 1 January 2019. The Board of Directors, in agreement with Marie Meynadier, chief executive...

RTI Surgical to acquire Paradigm Spine

RTI Surgical and Paradigm Spine have entered into a definitive agreement whereby RTI will acquire all outstanding equity interest of Paradigm Spine in a cash and...

NuVasive’s Porous PEEK impant to be used in flagship XLIF procedure

NuVasive has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of its COHERE Porous PEEK implant...

SpinalCyte announces new patents in Hong Kong and Europe

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SpinalCyte, a regenerative medicine company focused on regrowth of the spinal disc using Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDFs), has announced the issuance of new patents...

Spinal Elements announces FDA clearance of Ti-Bond titanium coating as a...

Spinal Elements has recently announced FDA clearance for claims related to the macro-, micro-, and nano-surface structure of its Ti-Bond surface coating technology. Utilising this...

Southlake Equity leads Series B round of financing to prime Titan...

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing surface-enhanced spinal interbody fusion implants, has announced it has closed a substantial round...

Dedicated surgical teams improve quality, safety and value in surgery for...

Dedicated surgical teams have been found to reduce surgical times and room times in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Surgical times decreased by...

Osteosynthesis of atlas fractures

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses osteosynthesis of atlas fractures.

Difficult odontoid fractures: technical options

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses difficult odontoid fractures.

Technical steps in reconstructing lumbopelvic and sacral fractures

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses the technical steps involved in reconstructing lumbopelvic and sacral fractures.

Multilevel tumour resection including dura

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses multilevel tumour resection including dura.

Sacral osteotomy and lumbopelvic rotation to improve pelvic incidence

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses how sacral osteotomy and lumbopelvic rotation can improve pelvic incidence.

Staged correction of adult kyphosis and spinal lengthening

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses how he performs staged correction of adult kyphosis and spinal lengthening.

Anterior spinal access: the case for and against access surgeons

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses anterior spinal access in an extra lunch time session.

Multi level and thoracolumbar ALIF via visceral rotation in adult deformity

At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discussed multi level and thoracolumbar ALIF via visceral rotation in adult...