OsteoMed Spine is pleased to announce the full market introduction of PrimaLIF™ LLIF Lateral Interbody Fusion System.

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OsteoMed believes the lateral approach does not need to be complicated.  PrimaLIF™ LLIF System is like no other system available today!   With the smallest initial diameter and five slim blade design, PrimaLIF™ LLIF provides simplicity and security surgeons are looking for in a lateral system.

OsteoMed turns the traditional lateral access inside out.

Utilizing Award-Winning technology to truly keep the lateral access minimally invasive provides the patient benefits surgeons are looking for.   Controlled expansion from inside the PrimaLIF™ LLIF retractor allows gentle tissue distraction, minimal neuromonitoring utilization, superb nerve protection allowing the surgeon to complete the procedure with the safety, security and simplicity one should expect from a lateral system.  PrimaLIF™ LLIF delivers on these expectations.

Design, Implementation, Visualization

Unlike current systems on the market, utilizing multiple dilators with neuromonitoring requirements with each insertion, PrimaLIF™ LLIF retractor slides its 7.5mm initial diameter down over a guidewire.  This places the nerves of the Lumbar Plexus posterior throughout the case.  The retractor is then gently opened with sequential expanders from inside the retractor to give the surgeon access to the disc space.  A rigid ring is placed at the distal end to maintain retractor opening and prevent coning of the blades.    Surgeons can focus on the fusion site rather than keeping the retractor in place.

Industry Recognized Innovation

This innovative design secured PrimaLIF™ LLIF a top spot among Orthopedics This Week’s Top 10 New Spine Technologies for 2013 due to its innovation, long-term significance, resolution of a real clinical problem, and improvements to the standard of care which are all reasons technologies make it into the Top 10.  In addition to this innovative improvement in retractor design, the PrimaLIF™ LLIF System includes a full set of disc preparation instruments, neuromonitoring components, illumination and a variety of implant options.

Lateral spinal fusion is often considered difficult or daunting  even by the most experienced surgeons. Access to the lateral spine becomes simpler and more secure with the unique design of the PrimaLIF™ LLIF System.

Let us show you how OsteoMed Spine can partner with you to realize the tremendous benefits your surgeons will see with PrimaLIF™ LLIF Fusion System.

For more information on the Spine PrimaLIF™ LLIF you can call (203-800-1803) or send an email to Dennis Gallagher, Market Development Manager, dgallagher@osteomed.com

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OsteoMed July Events

OsteoMed is proud to attend a wide range of annual meetings and professional conferences each year. This level of continuous interaction with the medical science community helps us identify problems and target our products to provide real-world solutions that leverage the best in medical and technological advances.

OsteoMed’s July Plans

This July, OsteoMed representatives will attend the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society’s (AOFAS) annual meeting. This year, the conference will be held in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center from July 15 – 18.

The AOFAS Annual Meeting

More than 300 ePosters, invited guest speakers on a range of cutting-edge research topics, fifteen scientific paper sessions (comprising over 70 paper presentations) and seven symposia make up the core of the conference. Optional events include a young physicians’ forum and a research forum, an exhibit hall, satellite symposia emphasizing industry specifics and a pre-meeting course called An update on Arthritis of Foot and Ankle.

AOFAS Highlights

Jeremy J. McCormick, M.D. is the pre-meeting course chair and assistant professor of orthopaedics at Washington University School of Medicine. He sees patients at Washington University Orthopaedics and his practical specialty is in orthopedic foot and ankle surgery and reconstruction. Sports and dance injuries, neuromuscular disorders and disease due to diabetes are some of his clinical interests and specialties.

Kurt P. Spindler, M.D. is the research guest speaker and an orthopaedic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center. He will be speaking on Tracking Clinical Outcomes in Routine Practice. He specializes in sports medicine, ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic knee surgery and musculoskeletal injury. He is a regular consultant and speaker for Cytori Therapeutics and the National Football League.

Kara Odom Walker, M.D. is the presidential guest speaker for this year’s AOFAS conference, speaking on The PCORI Research Agenda: Engaging Specialists for Better Patient Outcomes. Dr. Walker is the deputy chief science officer for PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She was previously assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Visit OsteoMed’s booth #534-536 in the Exhibit Hall and let us show you how OsteoMed’s orthopaedic technologies solve practical problems in the surgical suite and can help to improve long-term patient outcomes. For more information on OsteoMed events, check out our website. OsteoMed will also sponsor an Industry Satellite Symposia on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 201AB at the Long Beach Convention Center.  The topic will be Cutting-Edge Techniques in Ankle Arthrodesis: Treating Symptomatic End-Stage Osteoarthritis Using Advanced Locking Plate Technology.  The pathomechanics and anatomy of the osteoarthritic ankle will be discussed and a new technology will be introduced and demonstrated prior to a hands-on cadaveric lab for participants.  To register, please email Laura Jordan, CMP, CTA at ljordan@osteomed.com.  To keep up with our activities and the cutting edge of orthopaedic technologies, follow us and interact with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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OsteoMed Explores Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can be a debilitating condition – but there is hope. Joint damage from this illness can sometimes be prevented, and there is a range of treatment options for those living with rheumatoid arthritis. At OsteoMed, our goal is to provide surgeons with several options for high-quality treatment that can improve the health and well being of their patients.OsteoMed Explores Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease affecting the joints, causing pain and swelling. The disease can touch any joint in the body and often affects more than one joint. Anyone, young or old, can suffer from rheumatoid arthritis – though it happens more often in women than in men.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms and Causes

Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis experience pain or swelling, and will sometimes get a fever along with joint pain. In a mild or moderate form, symptoms can feel worse at some times and better (or even nonexistent) at others. Those with the severe form of the disease feel its symptoms daily; the severe form can cause long-lasting pain and irreversible joint damage.

Doctors are still studying the factors that may cause rheumatoid arthritis, but it appears there may be multiple factors underlying the disease, including heredity (the disease may be passed genetically from parents to children), hormone levels, and environmental factors. The disease isn’t curable, but can be managed with proper care.

Treatment and Care

Rheumatoid arthritis is a poorly understood autoimmune disease, so it is difficult to prevent. You can, however, prevent major joint damage with proper early care and regular exercise after a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Talk to your doctor about medication options and an exercise routine that can help you keep your joints active and avoid major damage. If you are a smoker, quitting can help you minimize your pain and joint damage. If you are facing long-term pain from major joint damage, your doctor may recommend surgery to help alleviate the pain and improve your ability to move comfortably.

Hope for the Future

Doctors are studying genetic and biological factors involved in rheumatoid arthritis—and lupus, which is sometimes co-occurring. Medicines and new surgical treatments are being tested that may improve patient care and quality of life in years to come.

OsteoMed is already working with surgeons to provide relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis through surgical implant options like the ReFlexion, which can help to reconstruct metatarsal joints after arthritic damage. OsteoMed is working hand-in-hand with leading physicians on developing surgical alternatives. For now, understanding the condition and caring for yourself—combined with a strong relationship with your surgeon or physician—can help you to live a healthy life, even with rheumatoid arthritis.

To learn more, check out our website—or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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OsteoMed International Events

OsteoMed takes pride in our research and participation in upper-level medical and technology conferences worldwide. Continual participation at these events keeps us at the cutting edge of medical science, so that we can develop the best medical technologies to advance the state of the discipline while providing practical solutions for real-world surgical environments.

OsteoMed’s 2015 Plans

Here’s a sampling of this year’s planned events worldwide—from Peru to Milan to China, OsteoMed goes to the ends of the earth in pursuit of the best in medical knowledge.

Event Event Dates Event Location
EFFORT May 27 – 29, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic
FESSH June 17 – 20, 2015 Milan, Italy
EUROSPINE September 2 – 4, 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark
ICOMS October 27 – 30, 2015 Melbourne, Australia
ICFNS October (TBD) Nanjing, China

 

EFORT: The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology hosts this year’s congress in Prague. Sessions in General Orthopedics, Upper and Lower Limb extremities, Musculoskeletal Tumors, and Musculoskeletal Infections—as well as Spine, Traumas, and Pediatrics—comprise this year’s offerings, which are focused primarily around issues of infection in orthopaedics. At OsteoMed, we seek to minimize the risk of infection during and after surgery, so we look forward to exploring the state of the industry at EFFORT.

FESSH: The Federation of European Societies for Surgeries of the Hand hosts its annual conference this year in Milan. The conference offers a range of discussions and instructional topics on hand surgery, from open and arthroscopic techniques to tissue reengineering and regenerative surgeries. Our upper extremity offerings are a perfect fit at FESSH.

EUROSPINE: Eurospine is Europe’s society for spinal surgeons and physicians. Their annual conference focuses on improving treatments for a range of spinal conditions and on improving surgical techniques and outcomes for spinal patients. Abstract submissions are still open for this year’s Eurospine Conference in Copenhagen in September, so stay tuned for more about the upcoming 2015 conference.

ICOMS: The International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be held this year in Melbourne, Australia. The preliminary program shows a mix of “regional sessions” (for surgeons from North America or Asia, for example); symposia (on TMJ and pediatric surgery, for example); and free papers that will be determined by acceptance of submitted abstracts.

ICFNS: The 7th Academic Congress of International Chinese Neurosciences is hosted this year in Nanjing, China. Chinese neurologists and neurosurgeons will be welcoming medical professionals from around the world to this prestigious event. Topics will include discussions on nursing in neurosurgery, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, neuroendoscopy, and translational medicine.

We look forward to attending these events and bringing new knowledge back to OsteoMed’s development of ever-better medical and surgical technologies. To learn more about the ways OsteoMed participates in research and development around the world, check out our website. To stay up to date on where we are and what we’re doing, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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OsteoMed Power Division

The OsteoMed ECOS Power System offers surgeons reliable performance, power and versatility, without sacrificing the ability to perform with precision. The system as a whole comprises hand piece modules, a motor unit and cord, and a power control console. Footswitches and other accessories complete the suite.

  1. Hand Modules

Modular hand pieces include:

  • Straight drill: The straight drill combines two drills in one, with high and medium speeds (70,000 rpm max high, 24,000 rpm max medium).
  • Wire/pin driver: As with the innovative straight drill, OsteoMed’s ECOS Power System driver handles K-wires and Steinmann Pins. The silicon nose cap grips both wires and pins in any orientation.
  • Saws: Oscillating and sagittal saws accept the same blade hubs, helping to reduce disposable inventory.
  1. Motor Units

In the ECOS system, a single motor has the ability to run every hand piece. Three motor unit designs allow customization for the surgeon’s preferences and needs:

  • Lever Arm Motor Unit: Lever-activated hand control and an optional foot switch allow speed settings and forward/reverse operation within the sterile surgical field.
  • Modular Motor Unit: A pressure-pad-activated hand control and optional foot switch control provide similar function to the lever arm motor unit.
  • Low Profile Motor Unit: The low-profile unit offers foot switch activation only but provides a slender profile and improved surgical visibility.

The ECOS Power System brings twenty years of engineering experience to bear on classic problems of power in the orthopedic suite. Higher torque in the modules and power in the motor units improves both cutting and burring, while an integrated power cable makes the entire system more reliable. Power consoles are available both with and without irrigation. Contra angle drills, straight drills, a universal pilot drill, and a range of saws improve the value and versatility of the system while also offering improved reliability and power.

To learn more about the ECOS Power System or OsteoMed’s range of innovative surgical products, check out our website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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OsteoMed’s Newest Innovative Solution: ExtremiLOCK Ankle Fusion Plating System

The ExtremiLOCK Ankle Plating System is a comprehensive ankle fracture system intended to provide solutions for simple to complex fractures of the distal tibia and fibula.  The system is one of the first to feature double-lead screw technology in locking, non-locking and cannulated screw options.  The ExtremiLOCK Ankle Fusion Plating System is a comprehensive instrument and implant system designed to accommodate both anterior and posterior fusion approaches.  The fusion system is a component of the ExtremiLOCK Ankle Plating System.  Collectively, the ExtremiLOCK Fracture and Fusion Plating Systems offer six types of fracture plating options, two fusion plating options, seven types of screw fixation options and color-coded instrumentation to facilitate ease of use.

The OsteoMed ExtremiLOCK Ankle Plating System is intended for fixation of fractures, arthrodesis, osteotomies, and non-unions of the tibia and fibula.   The ExtremiLOCK Ankle Plating System implants are intended for single use only.

OsteoMed’s ExtremiLOCK Ankle Plating System leverages competitive advantages and features in order to provide a highly unique and innovative distal ankle plating system.  When compared to other ankle plating systems, ExtremiLOCK not only matches the advantages of many competitive offerings, but often incorporates additional advantages that make ExtremiLOCK an ideal choice for ankle fractures and fusions.  Specific system advantages and benefits include:

  • Comprehensive System – Provides the ability to treat multiple types of ankle fractures and fusions
  • Double-Lead Screw Technology – Efficient screw insertion
  • Universal Screw Holes – Provides options to accommodate various sized bony fragments
  • Angled-Locking Technology – Maximizes the ability to capture bone fragments
  • Hexalobe Screw Interface – Increases torsional strength of screw/driver interface
  • Low-Profile Plates – Minimizes soft tissue interference
  • Anatomic, Pre-Contoured Implants – Minimizes intra-operative plate contouring
  • System Modularity – Customizable to accommodate specific customer needs/requirements
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OsteoMed’s March 2015 Surgical Conference Sessions

Each month, OsteoMed helps support numerous surgical conferences and medical society annual meetings through sponsorships and meeting attendance. These venues allow OsteoMed to stay abreast of the latest trends in the markets we serve and learn of unmet clinical needs to focus our new product development.

In March, OsteoMed events include:

1. Midwest Podiatry Conference
    March 5-8, 2015; Chicago, Illinois

2. 17th Annual Philadelphia Hand Surgery Symposium & Exhibition
     March 7-9, 2015; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3. American Academy/Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual         Meeting
    March 24-28, 2015; Las Vegas, Nevada

OsteoMed takes pride in supporting the surgical community and in working with medical leaders across the globe to advance medical innovation.

For more information on March OsteoMed events, as well as our upcoming schedule, check out our website, watch the blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow our calendar.

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OsteoMed’s February 2015 Surgical Conference Sessions

OsteoMed is proud to support numerous surgical conferences and medical societies by attending their annual meetings and conferences.  These venues are a key component in OsteoMed’s mission to stay fully informed of the latest clinical research and unmet clinical needs.

February conference attendance includes the following:

  1. NASBS Annual Conference: North American Skull Base Society
    February 20-22; Tampa, Florida
  1. ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference: American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons
    February 19-22; Phoenix, Arizona

OsteoMed specializes in surgical implants, powered surgical instruments and specialty medical devices that are focused on patient outcomes and improving efficiencies in the operating room. Please stop by our booth to see the latest OsteoMed innovations.

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OsteoMed | Spine PrimaLIF Lateral Interbody Fusion System

PrimaLIFOsteoMed Spine’s PrimaLIF is a lateral interbody fusion system that literally turns traditional lateral access inside out. Controlled dilation from inside the PrimaLIF retractor allows superb nerve protection while minimizing tissue disruption during spinal fusion and similar surgical processes.

Design, Implementation, Visualization

From start to finish, the OsteoMed PrimaLIF surgical technique targets the problems surgeons typically face in spinal fusion with lateral access. To access the lateral spine, surgeons must conventionally dilate the access space before the retractor is inserted. Soft tissue and related nerves are thus exposed to multiple dilation tubes as well as retractor blades, culminating in numerous passes into the wound and increased potential for nerve complications when these instruments are inserted during the procedure.

PrimaLIF is designed for one simple insertion, with subsequent dilation within the retractor itself. Retractor blades insert as one single assembly and then radially dilate with high precision controlled by the surgeon. Sequential dilation from within protects tissue, psoas muscle and a range of exiting nerves from accidental damage.

At the same time, the instrument provides the surgeon with unprecedented visualization of the surgical area. The same technology that protects soft tissue and nerves from damage also safely expands the access channel to allow visual interaction and enhanced accessibility. Direct visualization, combined with minimal retraction, lets the surgeon focus on disc preparation and the insertion of necessary instrumentation, rather than on minimizing collateral damage to soft tissue.

Industry Recognized Innovation

This innovative design secured PrimaLIF a top spot among Orthopedics This Week’s Top 10 New Spine Technologies for 2013. Innovation, long-term significance, resolution of a real clinical problem, and improvements to the standard of care are all reasons technologies make it into the Top 10. PrimaLIF does all of this and more. In addition to this innovative improvement in retractor design, the PrimaLIF system includes a full set of disc preparation instruments, neuromonitoring components, illumination and a full complement of implant size options.

Lateral spinal fusion is often considered difficult or daunting, even by the most experienced surgeons. Access to the lateral spine becomes easier and safer with the unique construction and utility of the PrimaLIF. For more information on the Spine PrimaLIF LLIF or to find out about other OsteoMed products, call (888) 370-9997 or visit www.osteomed.com.

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OsteoMed | PrimaLOK FF Facet Fixation System

PrimaLOK FF ScrewsThe OsteoMed PrimaLOK FF Facet Fixation System is a flagship member of OsteoMed’s spinal product line. Robust implant options combine with simplified, included surgical instruments for a facet fixation system that lowers overhead and minimizes inventory while giving surgeons the flexibility required for challenging anatomical surgical problems.

The system offers:

  • polyaxial, self-tapping screws
  • low-profile screw heads
  • simple, percutaneous placement
  • anti-migration technology for long-lasting solutions

Designed for spinal stabilization as a fusion adjunct, the OsteoMed PrimaLOK FF system works to bilaterally immobilize the facet joints. Posterior surgical treatment using PrimaLOK FF can include:

  • trauma (fracture, dislocation)
  • spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, pseudarthrosis
  • failed fusions
  • degenerative disc disease
  • supplemental fixation (ALIF procedures or lateral interbody fusions)
  • contralateral fixation (MIS TLIF procedures)
  • revision/adjacent level fusion

The system can be used with or without bone graft, L1 to S1 inclusive, at single or multiple levels. Integrated surgical tools allow full control, a simplified surgical technique and more options (for either MIS or open delivery). EMG cannula provides cutting-edge neural monitoring.

Available in 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45mm lengths, PrimaLOK FF’s cannulated screws offer surgical flexibility, efficiency and longevity. Related surgical instruments are simplified from first-generation applications and include:

  • implant driver
  • threaded implant driver shaft (cannulated)
  • threaded implant driver shaft (solid)
  • cannula inverter
  • standard cannula
  • EMG cannula
  • ratcheting driver handle
  • 3.0mm cannulated drill
  • 3.0mm cannulated power drill
  • 4.5mm cannulated tip
  • removal driver
  • wire stiffener
  • access needle

The PrimaLOK FF is a premier example of the OsteoMed mission to innovative next-generation products that combine practicality, adaptability improved ease of access, patient satisfaction and better economic efficiency for hospital operations. For more information on the PrimaLOK FF or any other OsteoMed products, please call (888) 370-9997.

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