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Biomedical textiles can drive innovation in orthopedics: Here’s how

April 23, 2020 / By Nancy Crotti 

Orthopedic OEMs are looking to medical textiles for minimally invasive approaches to applications ranging from soft-tissue tears to bone grafts to spinal stabilization and more.

Jeffrey M. Koslosky, Cortland Biomedical

In the orthopedic sector, demographics are noticeably shifting toward younger and more physically active surgical patients. Soft-tissue injuries, including damage to the ligaments and tendons commonly associated with sports injuries amongst a younger generation of patients, are becoming increasingly common.

This phenomenon dovetails with the trend away from large-scale surgeries and toward earlier intervention with less-invasive devices to reduce hospital stays and recovery times. Preservation of the patient’s range of motion and natural movement is a primary objective, particularly when it comes to spinal injuries.

Medical device OEMs in this highly competitive orthopedic space are adapting by looking to medical textiles to offer minimally invasive approaches for applications including soft-tissue tears, bone grafts and spinal stabilization, to name a few.

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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Surgio Health as well as COO at Ortho Spine Partners. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that solve real problems that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help drive better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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