Archive May 2017 XVIII, No. 5

What's Hot in Orthopedics

7 neat, new products on display in the exhibit hall of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Annual Meeting.

Bill Donahue, Senior Editor


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons TEST DRIVE The exhibit hall at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons gave orthopods a chance to window-shop for the latest implants, devices and technologies.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — My FitBit was working overtime at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' vast exhibit hall, row after row after row of the latest and greatest implants, devices and technologies an orthopod might possibly want. Two orthopedic surgeons — Ian Duncan, MD, of Visalia, Calif., and Mark Gittins, DO, FAOAO, of New Albany, Ohio — accompanied me. Here are 7 of the most eye-opening finds we encountered along the way.

Arthrex | Meniscal Root Repair System
Reliability and precision are 2 words that come to mind with this surgical guide, which is used to prepare torn cartilage for meniscus repair (medial or lateral). Orthopods will like this drill guide because it has a firm, over-the-back tibial fixation point, a locking mechanism for stability during portal insertions and a swiveling feature for optimal positioning. The swiveling capability is especially helpful for avoiding other tunnels and fixation devices for cases in which a meniscal repair is combined with other procedures, such as the reconstruction of an ACL or PCL.

Of note is the guide's special marking hook, which affixes to the back of the tibial plateau. The hook's concavity provides better arthroscopic visualization during the placement of the reamer, and the variability in depths of offset — 5 mm, 7.5 mm and 10 mm — helps the surgeon account for the patient's anatomy when creating the socket for suturing.

Bihlermed/View Medical | Surgilight
This high-powered surgical light is an inventive way to illuminate small-cavity sites. The 24-inch device attaches to an existing boom, and the flexible, snake-like shaft positions a light-emitting diode (LED) light source above the surgical field. The lens adjusts to let you focus the size of the beam spot from 3 inches to 6 inches, depending on the operating distance. As opposed to a surgical headlight, the Surgilight is independent of the surgeon's head, so you don't have to consider any comfort issues, such as weight, fit or heat intensity. Also, because the light is affixed to one central point, the angle of the beam doesn't change when you shift positions or move your head for a different view of the surgical field. An extended-life battery means the Surgilight can provide 6 to 12 hours of steady illumination, depending on the brightness settings, so it's ideal for even long orthopedic cases.

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