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Friday, 14 September 2018  
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Surgeons call for ban on pedicle screw reuse and demand two-step asepsis process

Contaminated pedicle screws cost hundreds of thousands of US dollars a year, and through an increase in surgical site infections result in additional and avoidable patient morbidity. Anand Agarwal (University of Toledo, Toledo, USA) and colleagues are calling for a change in the standard of care revolving around implant handling and delivery, cutting costs and improving patient safety.


Spinal injuries in suicidal jumpers “differ in many aspects” to non-suicidal patients

New research outlines how spinal injuries in suicidal jumpers differ from those in non-suicidal patients with regard to patient demographics, mental health condition, injury location, neurological damage and associated injuries. The study was carried out by Hiroki Kano and colleagues from Osaka General Medical Center (Osaka, Japan), and has been recently published in Spine.

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Frank Kandziora

Once an aspiring architect, Frank Kandziora has never looked back from the medical profession since being assigned a medical assistant during his military service in Germany. As the outgoing president of EUROSPINE, he reflects on the successes of the past year, as well as the biggest challenges facing spine surgeons today.


Industry news


Invuity announces definitive agreement to be acquired by Stryker

Invuity, a medical technology company focused on advanced surgical devices to enable better visualisation, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Stryker, pursuant to which Stryker will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Invuity for US$7.40 per share in cash, implying a total equity value of approximately US$190 million.


New positive payor policy covering coflex for the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis

Paradigm Spine, a company specialising in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, has announced the issuance of a broad coverage medical policy from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (the largest commercial payor in the state) covering its coflex device for the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.


Captiva Spine’s TirboLOX-L 3D printed titanium lumbar cages receives FDA clearance

Captiva Spine has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its TirboLOX-L 3D printed Titanium lumbar cages. TirboLOX-L titanium lumbar cages are created using 3D printing technologies to form titanium alloy interbody fusion devices with a dual layer organic lattice structure.



19–21 September


Barcelona, Spain

W: www.eurospinemeeting.org



NASS Annual Meeting

Los Angeles, USA

W: nassannualmeeting.org


05–07 October

International Spinal Cord Injury Care In Emerging India ISSICON 2018

Chennai, India

W: www.issicon2018.com