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SpineGuard receives FDA clearance to market pedicle screw system

March 5, 2015

SpineGuard recently announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market its PediGuard product line for minimally invasive surgery.

With the expanded use of minimally invasive surgical techniques of the spine, surgeons face the challenge of correctly placing pedicle screws with less visual landmarks and tactile feel compared with standard, conventional open procedures. As such, the use of fluoroscopy has become more commonplace; however, its extensive use exposes the surgeon and patient to high amounts of radiation, according to a company press release.

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Ulnar-shortening osteotomy effective for treatment of ulnar impaction syndrome

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C1–C2 Pedicle Screw Fixation for Treatment of Old Odontoid Fractures

Orthopedics, February 2015, Volume 38 Issue 2
Nonunion and C1–C2 instability of odontoid fractures usually result from delayed diagnosis and inappropriate treatment…
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No Decreased Infection Rate When Using Antibiotic Impregnated Cement in Primary TJA

No Decreased Infection Rate When Using Antibiotic Impregnated Cement in Primary TJA

There has been much debate and controversy about the routine use of antibiotic-impregnated bone cement in…
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Steinmann talks studies of interest from ASSH

February 23, 2015
BOSTON — Scott P. Steinmann, MD, discusses the findings and clinical relevance to orthopedic surgeons of multiple…
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