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Medtronic launches anterior cervical fusion system

October 21, 2014

At the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston, Medtronic Inc. announced the U.S. launch of its Divergence Anterior Cervical Fusion System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease.

With the anterior cervical fusion system, the plate and interbody cage can be inserted simultaneously using a common set of instrumentation and one surgical technique. The system also incorporates a laterally divergent screw insertion technique, which reportedly requires less retraction compared to the traditional medially convergent screw insertion techniques used with other anterior cervical plating systems. Risks of the anterior cervical fusion system include early or late loosening of any or all components, and the development of new radiculopathy, myelopathy or pain.

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Medical Treatment of Osteonecrosis of the Knee Associated With Thrombophilia-Hypofibrinolysis

Orthopedics, October 2014, Volume 37 Issue 10
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A. Lee Osterman highlights several studies from ASSH

October 20, 2014
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