Prosthetics, orthotics & orthopaedics

 

First patient implanted with Sequana Medical's pump to remove excess lung fluid
Zurich-based Sequana Medical AG has announced that the first patient has been implanted with its pump to remove excess fluid around the lungs. A patient at Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France, was implanted with the company's pleurapump system. 27 Nov 2014

Prosthetic hand controlled through nerves has the lightest touch
A prosthetic hand which connects to the nervous system provides a sense of touch light enough to handle an egg. The hand has been developed by the EU-funded NEBIAS project after 10 years of research. 26 Nov 2014

OssDsign's bioceramic Cranioplug gains FDA approval
Stockholm-based OssDsign AB has announced that its Cranioplug, a bioceramic plug for re-fixing skull bone after brain surgery, has received 510(k) clearance by the US FDA. 24 Nov 2014

Nottingham Trent University launches practical course for ocularists
Nottingham Trent University has launched a two-day masterclass in bespoke ocularistry to practising ocularists and those in training or aspiring to become an ocularist in the future. 24 Nov 2014

Open Bionics 3D printed prosthetic hand reaches global finals of Intel competition
Robotics startup Open Bionics has seen its idea to significantly reduce the cost of prosthetic limbs by using 3D printing reach the global final of Intel's Make it Wearable Competition. 11 Sep 2014

3D printing in reconstructive facial surgery hindered by reimbursement challenge
The 3D printing sector is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) reconstruction, despite it being lauded as a game-changing development, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. 1 Sept 2014

Nose cartilage cells can repair knee cartilage damage
Cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage defects, according to researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel. 29 Aug 2014

Twelve NHS hospitals use 3D printing to test implants for reconstructive surgery
Stratasys Ltd has announced that UK medical 3D printing specialist, Replica 3DM, is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to provide a service to twelve NHS hospitals to print models for the validation of reconstructive implants prior to surgery. 26 Aug 2014

Implanted devices made from flexible transistors can wrap around body parts
Electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body can reshape to grip body parts, such as large tissues, nerves and blood vessels. 28 May 2014

Gel coating for implants promotes bone growth
A new gel coating for titanium implants developed at Uppsala University, Sweden improves their integration into bone and prevents rejection. 4 April 2014

Second Sight's retinal prosthesis system approved for reimbursement in France
The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has become the first recipient of the French Government's 'Forfait Innovation' programme for reimbursement of innovative treatments. 2 April 2014

Motorbike crash survivor’s face reconstructed with 3D printed titanium implant
A specialist team at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea has successfully implanted a specially designed and printed titanium cheek bone and eye socket for a badly injured motorcyclist. 17 Mar 2014

3D orthotics printer wins £860k investment
Burnley based FDM Solutions has secured a £860,000 investment from the North West Fund for Venture Capital and Lancashire’s Rosebud Fund to produce made-to-measure insoles for the NHS using its 3D printing system. 9 Jan 2013

Vagus nerve stimulation via implant improves tinnitus
A small clinical trial has found that treating tinnitus using vagus nerve stimulation-tone therapy is safe and brought significant improvement to some of the participants. 21 Nov 2013

Monkeys master mind over virtual matter
Rhesus monkeys have learned to control the limb movement of computer characters, or avatars, using thought, in a study led by Duke University in the US.

Advance in printing human organs using inkjet printers
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart have developed components of human tissue that can be used as inks for inkjet printing of human organs. 28 Oct 2013

Touch Bionics executive receives Scottish engineering honour
The Chief Technical Officer of prosthetics developer Touch Bionics has been inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame. Hugh Gill takes his place alongside Scottish engineering pioneers such as James Watt and Thomas Telford. 10 Oct 2013

QuantuMDx wins NE innovation award for handheld DNA sequencer
Newcastle-based diagnostics company QuantuMDx has been awarded the Insider's 'Made in the North East' Life Sciences trophy in recognition of its ground-breaking handheld DNA sequencer. 10 Oct 2013

First artificial larynx implanted in a human
Strasbourg University Hospitals has completed the first implantation of an artificial larynx in a human patient. The implant is now the focus of a Europe-wide clinical study and further development before being released for general use. 8 Oct 2013

Innovative neck support developed for motor neurone disease patients
A collar that comfortably supports the neck of motor neurone disease (MND) patients and makes it easier to carry out common tasks has been developed by a multidisciplinary team from Sheffield. 5 Aug 2013

Knee brace helps Danny Cipriani recover from ligament injury
England Premiership rugby player Danny Cipriani is recovering from ligament damage with the help of an innovative knee brace that stabilises the joint and prevents over extension. 5 Aug 2013

Osteoarthritis halted by treating bone
Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine have discovered that degeneration of bone underneath cartilage plays a key role in osteoarthritis and exacerbates the damage, and treating this can prevent damage. 4 June 2013

Baby's life saved by 3D-printed tracheal splint
Doctors at the University of Michigan have saved the life of a 20-month-old baby with a collapsed trachea by printing a custom designed splint based on a CT scan of his trachea. With video. 4 June 2013

Orthodynamics launches injectable ceramic bone filler in UK
Orthodynamics Bone Support AB have established a partnership to promote the use of Cerament Bone Void Filler and Cerament G in the UK market. 22 Apr 2013

Prosthetic hand gives sensory feedback
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, is developing smart prosthetics that connect directly to the nervous system giving intuitive motor control and realistic sensory feedback. 18 Feb 2013

Bolton University in 1.3m project to produce artificial tendons
The University of Bolton has joined an international consortium of universities that has secured €1.5 million of funding for research into developing biomaterials for tendon regeneration. 13 Feb 2013

First UK patient receives Ottobock bionic hand
The first UK patient was fitted with Ottobock's pioneering Michelangelo Hand by Dorset Orthopaedic on 22nd January 2013. The hand has life-like, sculptural design and its fingers are made of both hard and soft materials mirroring bones, joints, muscles and tendons. 25 Jan 2013

First patient receives new implant that replaces middle ear
A Swedish patient has become the first to receive an implant that replaces a malfunctioning middle ear and restores some hearing through 'bone conduction'. 23 Jan 2013

First thought-controlled prosthetic arm to be implanted in patients
The prosthetic arm will be anchored directly to the skeleton and electrodes connected to nerves and muscles will transfer signals from the brain to the arm and also provide feedback to the brain. 12 Dec 2012

Device generates electricity from beating heart to power pacemaker
The experimental device can convert energy from a beating heart using piezoelectric crystals to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker and eliminate the need for batteries. 23 Nov 2012

Orthopaedic devices deliver important clinical benefits to patients cost effectively
A study suggests that selected orthopaedic devices deliver important benefits to patients by increasing their mobility, improving their functional status and enhancing their health-related quality of life. 31 Oct 2012

First step to US FDA approval for Second Sight’s retinal implant
The US FDA Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel has unanimously voted to recommend the Argus II Retinal prosthesis, the first device to restore a degree of sight to sufferers of Retinitis Pigmentosa. 4 Oct 2012

OrthAlign chooses ADI's iMEMS motion sensor for portable surgical navigation system
OrthAlign's portable surgical navigation system is used to guide femoral alignment during knee surgery. 26 Sept 2012

First implant of electronic eye in Australia
Researchers at Bionic Vision Australia have successfully performed an implant of an early prototype electronic eye at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. 4 Sept 2012

Interactive exhibition of Paralympic sport technology opens in London Olympic Park
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Ottobock Healthcare have opened the ‘Passion for Paralympics’ exhibition at the Olympic Park in London. Includes video. 30 August 2012

Does Oscar Pistorius have an unfair advantage over other Olympic athletes?
The Institute of Biomechanics in Valencia has reviewed the advantages and disadvantages that a prosthetic leg could give to a runner such as Oscar Pistorius. He reached the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympic 400m competition last weekend, coming eighth. 8 Aug 2012

Siemens launches new generation of hearing technology
The new technology offers improved speech comprehension, balanced sound, a new fitting strategy and a fine-tuning tool. 25 June 2012

Johnson & Johnson completes $20bn takeover of Synthes
Synthes has been integrated with the DePuy franchise to establish the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson. 19 June 2012

UCL and Pharmidex partnership leads to advances in synthetic organs
The UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network has announced details of a partnership between two of its members that has recently led to the synthesis of artificial organs including an ear, nose and trachea. 15 June 2012

Ottobock’s Technical Service Team showcases Paralympics Games services
Ottobock Healthcare has kicked off its final phase of preparations for its role as Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider for the London 2012 Paralympic Games by providing technical support to test events. 20 Apr 2012

PIP breast implant failures significantly higher than thought previously
The failure rate of silicone breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP) could be as high as 33.8%, according to new research that used ultrasound to detect problems. 20 Apr 2012The titanium jaw manufactured by additive manufacturing

World's first designer jaw built from titanium using additive manufacturing
Belgian company LayerWise has built a total lower jaw implant from titanium using its additive manufacturing (AM) system. The jaw was built to treat a senior patient’s progressive osteomyelitis of almost the entire lower jawbone. 3 Feb 2012

Ottobock launches expert orthotics service in the UK
Ottobock Healthcare has launched a new Private Orthotics Service that will deliver advice, support and affordable solutions for people suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. 13 Jan 2012

Artificial pancreas on display at Medica
Developed by a team at De Montfort University, the implantable device automatically releases the correct amount of insulin into the body in response to varying blood sugar levels. 28 Oct 2011


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ProTip receives European award for biomaterial research program
ProTip SA has won the ESB Translational Research prize for developing a trachea implant made from a biodegradable microporous polymer and macroporous titanium. 24 oct 2011

Astra Tech Dental introduces online 3D Editor for dental prosthetics
Astra Tech Dental has introduced the Atlantis 3D Editor, a service that will further improve efficiency and turnaround time for customers using Atlantis patient-specific abutments. 29 Sept 2011

The Otto Bock C LegOtto Bock launches next-generation artificial leg with more natural walking
Otto Bock's C-Leg features mechanical and electronic enhancements that enables users to achieve an improved and more natural walking pattern. 9 August 2011

The synthetic tissue-engineered windpipeFirst successful transplantation of a synthetic windpipe seeded with patient's own stem cells
Surgical history was made in Stockholm last month when a patient was given a new trachea made from a synthetic scaffold seeded with his own stem cells. The patient, a 36-year old man, is well on the way to full recovery. The image shows the artificial windpipe. 8 July 2011

New ACL fixation device could revolutionise major knee surgery
A team from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, have developed a new fixation mechanism which could improve the success rate in cruciate knee ligament surgery. 4 July 2011

Manchester team wins award for developing cruciate ligament device
A group of clinicians, technology specialists and R&D managers from Manchester have been awarded the 2011 PraxisUnico Collaborative Impact Award for exceptional team work. 4 July 2011

ProTip achieves ISO 13485 and obtains CE mark for intra-laryngeal implant
These achievements open the way for ProTip to begin manufacturing and selling activities. 4 July 2011

Welsh surgeon's invention improves recovery from shoulder surgery
A South Wales orthopaedic surgeon has turned his invention into a marketable medical device with the help of Leeds-based medical device manufacturer, Xiros. 17 May 2011

Sheffield Precision Medical expands production
Orthopaedic device manufacturer Sheffield Precision Medical Ltd (SPML) has expanded production following record interest in its services. 19 April 2011

Cellulose nanowhiskers from sea squirts aid growth of artificial human muscle
Nanowhiskers made from cellulose extracted from sea squirts have unique properties that can help grow artificial muscle, University of Manchester researchers have discovered.

The top 10 orthopedic device companies: financial performance, research activities, and growth strategies
The report provides detailed profiles of the top 10 orthopedic device companies and brief profiles of five other major players. It elucidates trends associated with companies that develop, manufacture, and market orthopedic devices. Detailed profiles contain descriptions of products, financial performance, and growth strategies together with SWOT analyses. March 2011

ExSilent introduces Qleaf Pro hearing aid with program change by tapping
This functionality makes it much easier for hearing aid users to switch discreetly between listening programs by tapping on the ear. 1 March 2011

New wheel design aids rehabilitation of wheelchair users
The new wheel design is being used to study wheelchair designs that can protect users from upper limb injury caused by the physical wear of using wheelchairs. 28 Feb 2011

A computer designed knee replacementConforMIS customisable total knee replacement system wins FDA clearance
US company ConforMIS has received US FDA clearance to market its iTotal CR knee-replacement system, a patient-specific system for patients who would traditionally receive a standard total knee replacement (TKR). 21 Feb 2011

Jane Rutterford, a retired mother of two from Essex, wearing the E-MAG Active leg braceElectronic leg brace gives polio patient new mobility
A 63-year-old woman suffering from muscular paralysis as a result of childhood polio has become the first UK patient to wear a revolutionary, electronically controlled leg brace that helps restore or maintain mobility (see photo on right). 14 Feb 2011

Zimmer introduces novel mobile bearing for knee implants
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. has launched the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex mobile bearing knee with Prolong highly crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) in the US. 31 Jan 2011

Abbott receives CE Mark for world's first drug eluting bioresorbable coronary stent
Abbott's BVS device restores blood flow by opening a clogged vessel and providing support to the vessel until the device dissolves within approximately two years. 31 Jan 2011

iFuse implant system for treating sacroiliac joint receives CE Mark
The iFuse Implant System is a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) system comprised of titanium implants coated with a porous plasma spray that acts as an interference surface fit, which helps decrease implant motion.  23 Nov 2010

Diagram of kneeOrteq reports knee improvement with Actifit meniscal tissue repair product
Orteq Sports Medicine has reported that a two-year study has found significant pain reduction and functional improvement in patients' knees repaired with its meniscal scaffold product Actifit. 1 Oct 2010

Tryton launches stent system in eight European countries
The Tryton Side Branch Stent System is designed to offer a dedicated strategy for treating atherosclerotic lesions in the side branch at the site of a bifurcation. 20 Sept 2010

Everolimus-eluting stent shows greater therapeutic benefit over gold standard
A trial of the newer generation everolimus-eluting stent has provided preliminary evidence that it gives greater therapeutic benefit than the previous gold standard, the early generation sirolimus-eluting stent. 1 Sept 2010

a synthetic corneaSynthetic cornea regenerates damaged eye
Artificial corneas made from laboratory grown collagen have regenerated and repaired damaged eye tissue and improved vision in patients with corneal blindness. 26 August 2010

A crack in the interface layer of the coated implantWhy nanocorrosion causes coated implants to fail
Researchers at the Swiss organisation Empa have found that the coatings on implants fail due to corrosion in the reaction layer under the coating and have developed methods to make the layer corrosion-resistant. 17 August 2010

Ingen launches in vitro diagnostic kit for joint replacement infections
Ingen Biosciences has launched in Europe the first in vitro diagnostic kit to detect infections in prosthetic replacements. The diagnostic kit, BJI InoPlex, is built around Ingen Biosciences’ proprietary antigen technology. 30 June 2010

A patient wearing two prosthetic armsOtto Bock Healthcare launches mind-controlled robotic arm
Otto Bock has announced that following a four-year research project its mind-controlled arm is now ready to leave the laboratory and be put to everyday use. 8 June 2010

Giltech and B1 Medical collaborate to develop biodegradable suture anchor
Scottish companies Giltech and B1 Medical have signed an agreement to jointly develop a pioneering suture anchor that biodegrades in a controlled fashion. 8 June 2010

Touch Bionics upgrades i-LIMB Pulse bionic hand
The i-LIMB Pulse upgrade includes pulsing grip strength, software-enabled grip patterns and robust aluminium features for improved strength. 8 June 2010

Orthos licenses bone regeneration technology from Catalonia University
Bristol-based Orthos Limited, which specialises in developing technologies to help re-grow human bones, has signed an exclusive patent license agreement with the University of Catalonia in Spain. 8 June 2010

ActiGait implanted muscle stimulator improves walking for stroke patients
Otto Bock Healthcare has launched the ActiGait implant that aids stroke patients suffering from drop foot by electronically stimulating leg-muscles to compensate for the lack of control of the ankle joint. 1 June 2010

Report: Global orthopedic devices pipeline landscape: analysis of key upcoming products and technologies
Key data, information and analysis on the key orthopedic pipeline devices expected to hit the market in the next seven years. The report provides information on the market potential, market scope and expected market penetration of these products. It also identifies and reviews the existing competing technologies and the likely impact of the launch on the competitive landscape. May 2010

Synthetic cornea solves problem of transplant rejection
An artificial cornea made from specially adapted lens polymer is bringing sight to many patients who can't tolerate donor corneas. 24 May 2010

Nano Retina receives grant to develop bionic retina
Nano Retina has received a grant of US$750,000 from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to further develop a bionic retina. The Bio-Retina is tiny wireless implant designed to return full sight to those blinded by retinal degenerative conditions. 4 May 2010

Award for Otto Bock's electronically controlled knee joint
The newly launched orthosis is the first electronically controlled knee-joint system that provides a far greater level of mobility, reliability and safety than a conventional orthosis. 9 Mar 2010

A patient with bionic fingers holding a nutWorld's first bionic finger restores grip for partial-hand patients
Scottish company Touch Bionics, which developed the well-known i-Limb bionic hand, has now launched the world's first powered bionic finger for patients with missing fingers. 9 Dec 2009

SynCardia’s companion driver system for artificial heart receives CE Mark
SynCardia Systems, Companion Driver System has received CE Mark approval to power the Total Artificial Heart in Europe. 20 Oct 2009

Cochlear and NXP Semiconductors collaborate to produce IC devices for advanced hearing implants
The agreement includes the definition, development and supply of ultra low power speech processor and wireless communication ICs to be used in Cochlear’s next generation products. 20 Oct 2009

DSM Biomedical develops polymer platform for artificial hips and knees
DSM Biomedical has improved the properties of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) which has long been used in artificial joints, giving stronger implants with better long-term stability. 9 Oct 2009

Diagram showing eyetooth implanted in the eye as a base for holding a new lensBlind patient regains sight with 'eyetooth' implanted in eye
A woman blind for nine years has regained her sight through a surgical procedure called modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis which implanted part of a tooth in her eye, as a base to hold a prosthetic lens. 9 Oct 2009

Acrobot and Finsbury Orthopaedics sign co-marketing agreement
Acrobot, a developer of computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery products has announced a co-marketing arrangement with orthopaedic implants company, Finsbury. 5 October 2009

AorTech licenses heart valve to SynCardia for use in artificial heart
This agreement licenses the use of AorTech’s Elast-Eon polymer heart valve (PHV) in the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, as well as the company’s future family of pulsatile products. 23 Sept 2009

An i-Limb handTouch Bionics wins silver medal in Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards
Scottish company Touch Bionics, developer of the world’s first multi-articulating bionic hand, has won silver in the 2009 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards and also won top honours in the Medical-Devices category for its i-LIMB Hand. 23 Sept 2009

The Cochlear implantCochlear launches breakthrough hearing implant
Cochlear is launching a new hearing system that gives profoundly deaf people a more advanced hearing performance, with what it claims is the world’s thinnest cochlear implant. 28 August 2009

Touch Bionics opens UK Centre of Excellence for amputees
The Centre of Excellence in Livingstone, Scotland, offers full clinical services to upper limb amputees. The services are tailored to each individual’s needs and governed by the company’s Touch Life Total Care Program, which takes the whole range of prosthetic solutions into account. 20 August 2009

The AAD Reverb ArmProsthetic arm with built-in MP3 player
Advanced Arm Dynamics has launched the Reverb Arm, an 'activity-specific' prosthetic arm that has a built-in MP3 player and amplified sound. 9 April 2009

Touch Bionics introduces next generation i-LIMB prosthetic skin
Touch Bionics has developed a synthetic covering for its multi-articulating bionic hand that is a closer reflection of human skin function. 4 February 2009

Amputees taught to experience prosthetic hand as their own
Scientists at the Karolinska Institutet and Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in inducing people with an amputated arm to experience a prosthetic rubber hand as belonging to their own body. 7 January 2009

Time magazine recognizes Touch Bionics' i-Limb hand as a 2008 top invention
The i-Limb Hand developed by Scottish company Touch Bionics has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 inventions of 2008. 5 November 2008

Touch Bionics acquires Livingskin
Scottish company Touch Bionics, developer of the i-Limb bionic hand, has acquired Livingskin, the company that produces the lifelike prosthetic skin that is already used to cover the hand. 18 May 2008

The Honda walking assist deviceHonda demonstrates walking assist device
Honda Motor Co demonstrated an experimental model of a walking assist device that could support walking for the elderly and other people with weakened leg muscles at a trade fair for equipment for the elderly and disabled in Osaka, Japan. 29 April 2008

Touch Bionics expands in US to meet demand for prosthetic hand
Scottish company Touch Bionics, developer of the world’s first commercially available bionic hand, has set up a US subsidiary, Touch Bionics, Inc. to help meet the growing demand for its revolutionary prosthetic hand. This followed the opening of a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Scotland in January. 27 February 2008

Intelligent software to help build perfect robotic hand
Scientists in Portsmouth and Shanghai are developing intelligent software to analyse the detailed movement of the human hand and help replicate the movement in a robotic hand. 9 January

Steam-powered rocket motor drives prosthetic arm
A team at Vanderbilt University has developed a prosthetic arm powered by a miniaturised shuttle rocket motor that produces 10 times the power of current commercially-available arms. 7 September

Photo of the i-Limb hand holding a coinBionic hand breaks touch-control barrier with five powered fingers
Touch Bionics has launched a prosthetic hand with five individually powered fingers. Called the i-LIMB Hand, it has already been successfully fitted to a significant number of patients in the United States and Europe. 17 July 2007

Artificial retina lets patient see patterns by wireless stimulation of retina
Intelligent Medical Implants AG (IMI) claims that the breakthrough in its limited clinical study is the first time that completely wireless transmission of data and energy into an implant in the eye of long-time blind persons has resulted in pattern recognition. 20 April 2006

Wireless sensors for monitoring healing of fractures and performance of artificial joints in vivo
A system of wireless sensors implanted in biological tissue is being developed by IntelliJoint for dynamic measurements of displacements in vivo, in real time. The system is designed for clinical use such as monitoring healing of fractures and fusion, and evaluating the performance of artificial implants of hip, knee and shoulder joints. 4 April 2006

Nano-size battery for artificial retina
A $6.5 million grant has been awarded to the University of Illinois to establish the National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors. One of the first projects will be the development of a bio-battery for an artificial retina. 31 January 2006

Successful implantation of 50-electrode retinal implant
Intelligent Medical Implants AG (IMI) of Switzerland has successfully implanted a 50-electrode retinal implant system in two patients. Clinical testing of the device with the two patients will be carried out at the University of Hamburg  Medical School,Germany. 13 January 2006

Southampton scientists move closer to bionic hand
Scientists at Southampton University have developed a new ultra-light artificial hand that can mimic the movement of a real hand better than any currently available. 22 September 2005

Advanced artificial retina to undergo clinical trials
Intelligent Medical Implants (IMI) has completed the development of and is to begin clinical trials of its 50-electrode Learning Retinal Implant system, which it claims is the most sophisticated artificial vision device implanted in humans. 3 October 2005

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