Surgeon Voices

January 25, 2019

Foot and Ankle Implant Opportunities Lie in Design, Technique Improvements

The world of foot and ankle is vibrant and full of opportunity to solve real problems. Honesty in implant improvement must take place at the design stage. Foot and ankle has the trifecta of implants. Depending on the case, I need hardware, soft tissue reconstruction and a biologic enhancer. This is unique in orthopaedics, and the company that wins recognizes the problem to be solved in its totality and not just a piecemeal approach.
July 23, 2018

How Will Orthopaedic Procedures Change in the Next 10 Years?

The OMTEC 2018 Closing Keynote panel of surgeon entrepreneurs and executives fielded an audience question on ways that surgical techniques will change over the next five to 10 years, and what might that mean for new products. We thought it was great question with insightful answers, which we have recapped here.
July 18, 2018

Surgeons Seek Innovation in Instruments, Delivery of Care

We need to address the real problem. To orthopaedic surgeons on the OMTEC Closing Panel, the problem is delivery of care. Current instrument options, according to them, lead to changes in surgical planning, downtime between surgeries, significant cost assumed by the hospital or surgery center and inventory management conundrums.
April 19, 2018

Why One Surgeon Entrepreneur is Focused on MIS, Orthobiologics and UDI

Patrick Sweeney, M.D., is a spine surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. He is also Founder and Medical Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, an ASC, as well as an inventor/entrepreneur, and founder of a device company and an eHealth entity. We spoke with him about his diverse orthopaedic endeavors.
February 21, 2018

Surgeon Leadership Essential to Influence Implant Purchasing Committees

The changes in hospital purchasing methods reflect a multitude of stakeholders who must learn to work together to truly create value for the system, by realistically assessing needs, features, volume and durability when making purchasing decisions. It simply cannot stand on price alone. Like anything else, if surgeons want a voice in the process, they need to step up and become involved in these new processes and committees to ensure that their patients best interests are represented equitably.
November 17, 2017

OTA Recap: Trauma Surgeon Identifies Areas for Device Improvement

Two of the greater challenges that trauma surgeons face today are an increased number of complex fractures and complications from fractures. Michael D. McKee, M.D., Program Chair of the Annual Meeting, outlined four trending surgeon issues that device companies could consider for product enhancement.
February 17, 2017

AAOS President Forecasts Orthopaedic Technology Advancements

AAOS President Gerald R. Williams Jr., M.D., offers perspective on prominent areas for near-term technology advancements. His five-year outlook aligns with hot topics of recent years.
April 21, 2016

Shoulder Surgeon Embraces Push for Value in Rotator Cuff Repairs

The concept of value continues to dominate conversations in the orthopaedic industry. Brett Sanders, M.D., an orthopaedic sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, created Tensor Surgical to respond to industry trends.