ATTN Surgeons, Hospitals, & Patients: Cranial 501K Approved

If you have a patient who requires a maxillofacial or cranial patient specific medical implant and who does not have the medical insurance or funds it requires, please contact FOR for assistance.  We are here to help.

Ayan Mohamed from Somaliland undergoes surgery at The Wesley Hospital, Australia

Ayaan Oma Muhumed has lived all her life with a hole in the side of her face. Now, after many years of seeking help, she has undergone facial reconstruction surgery using a FOR donated patient specific medical implant to restore her face. Injured during the Somali Civil War, it took 11 hours to fix what it took a bullet a few seconds to damage 25 years ago. Much of Somalia was in rebellion against the dictator Siaad Barre in 1998, Ayaan was just two years old and living in the Northwest Somali town of Burao. In 1991 this region, now called Somaliland, declared itself a republic independent of Somalia but on that fateful day that bright future held little hope for Ayan, her face shattered by a stray bullet.

Foot & Ankle Update

The FOR Foot and Ankle DPM Advisory Board will be hosting a meeting  at the ACFAS Kissimmee Scientific Conference Febuary 26th.  We are intending to obtain clinical feedback on the selected standard sizing for Open Osteotomy Devices and clinical guidance on anatomic loading to help establish testing parameters for standard testing.  The assistance provided by the FOR Board has been invaluable and as we go forward we hope to continue to develop our strong ties.  FOR attendees will also attend and participate in Diabetic Deformity: Master Techniques and have the opportunity to be present for a board member’s discussion on charcot foot.

FOR Spine Advisory Board

FOR recently held a symposium for a small number of top spine surgeons and researchers.  The discussion introduced additive manufacturing and OsteoFabTM, a medical grade osteoconductive polymer generated from PEKK, as the new paradigm for spine fusion and spinal reconstruction (i.e. oncology or trauma).  Dr Adam Hacking presented an overview of his PEKK osteoconductivity study which showed a good level of integration. Brian Hewko discussed the ability of OsteoFabTM to be designed and built to virtually any surgeon’s specifications using patient data files.

The successful result of the symposium is indicative of the interest in OsteoFabTM in both patient specific and non patient specific devices.

FOR Welcomes Ayden Jacob

FOR is pleased to announce the addition of Ayden Jacob to its Board of Directors. As an aspiring physician-scientist interested in solving complex medical issues with bioengineering solutions, Jacob’s education intertwines healthcare economics with medical-device development, bioinformatics, neuro- imaging, and neuroethics, thereby providing a holistic understanding of the relationship between healthcare delivery and bioengineering. As a bioengineer at the UCSF Department of Interventional Oncology and Radiology, Jacob’s team is discovering original intra-arterial delivery methods to increase chemotherapeutic dosage to target tumors, while simultaneously filtrating chemoagents to limit systemic toxicity.

How Do Herniated Discs Occur? Study Questions Conventional Wisdom

Herniated discs in the lower (lumbar) spine most often result from avulsion (separation) of the tissue connection between the disc and spinal bone, rather than rupture of the disc itself, according to a study in Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The results suggest that surgeons may need to pay more attention to failure of the vertebral end plate junction (EPJ) — the attachment between the spinal bone and discs — as the main cause of herniated lumbar discs. The study by Dr S. Rajasekaran and colleagues of Hanga Hospital, Tamil Nadu, India, was named winner of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) 2013 Prize for Lumbar Spine Research.

FOR International Feature on Fox61

Thanks to Fox 61 for this informative feature on FOR International.

FOR Breaks New Ground with 3D Printed Implant Technology Webinar

The Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction (FOR) recently hosted the first in a series of informative webinars on innovations in patientspecific implant technologies. This initial webinar was directed at the podiatric community and addressed designing implants to replace damaged bone resulting from neuropathic arthropathy (commonly referred to as Charcot foot or Charcot joint) in a diabetic patient. The implant is designed directly from a CT or MRI scan of the individual patient and additively manufactured, or “3D printed,” from an implantable polymer using

OsteoFab™ technology. This innovative approach was embraced by the webinar participants as the ideal solution to a previously complicated surgery.

OPM’s Breakthough Thermoplastic featured in Wired Magazine

Wired magazine featured FOR International’s close affiliate, OPM’s breakthrough thermoplastic, OsteoFab .  To read the full article, click here.
OPM is also helping spread the word about their technology by supporting the Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction that provides implants to people in need. “It lets us make a social contribution, helps introduce surgeons to the process, and people are getting the opportunity for these reconstructions” says DeFelice. The first implant was done in Europe, another is planned in Mexico, and OPM hopes to provide 100-150 each year.

Foot & Ankle Webinar Recap

For a full recap of our first webinar, click on the link below.  To become part of our webinar series, email Patricia Defelice.