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 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 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.
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.
Thanks to Fox 61 for this informative feature on FOR International.
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.
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.
For a full recap of our first webinar, click on the link below. To become part of our webinar series, email Patricia Defelice.
Read the latest on FOR International’s progressive approach to implantable devices.
Today there is a high demand for high-precision products. In additive manufacturing, techniques such as laser sintering meets the demand for high precision and is growing rapidly from not only commercial industries including medical devices but also other industries such as aerospace and defense. This technique precisely controls laser input energy and materials, via highly advanced adaptable process control techniques. This is an area of national critical need for the advancement of desired properties.