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How an Orthopedic Implant is Made (1992) (14:59)

A step by step documentary about implant manufacturing. This documentary, filmed in 1992, is dated in the manufacturers, suppliers, and economics, however the process of manufacturing orthopedic implants is still fairly accurate -- forging and casting, machining, packaging and sterilization.

 
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The GIC Classification of Medical Devices

This describes how medical devices are classified for use in Orthopedic Network News and various software systems developed by this publication. It outlines the "top-level" categories and describes how they are applied to a specific component. This is an update from the original GICs which were developed in 1992.



Total Hip Implant

This paper was written in 1999 and outlines the components that go into a total hip system. The costs of the components are out of date, but the basic anatomy and how the components fit together are still fairly accurate. Useful for professionals with minimal background in hip replacement.



Hip Fracture

This is a reprint of an article from Orthopedic Network News from April of 2002. It describes some of the basic anatomy and treatment options for hip fractures, the most commonly hospitalized fracture in US hospitals. The demographics of the patients have not changed much since then, however the method of treatment fluctuates from year to year. The April issue of Orthopedic Network News provides updated information on this.



Hip Revision

This is a reprint of a single page from an article from Orthopedic Network News from January 2000. It describes some of the issues in treating revisions to total hips. Many of the devices listed are still used and marketed, however, the economics and distribution of the cases may have changed. Useful for understanding some of the basic issues in revision hip surgery.



Partial Hip

This is a single page document produced in 1999 about partial hip replacement. It describes some of the basic anatomy and implants used for partial hips. The economics and DRGs listed are no longer DRG 209/210, however, the types of implants have not changed significantly. Useful for someone with minimal experience in joint replacement.



Knee

This is a single page document produced in 1999 about knee replacement. It describes some of the basic anatomy and implants used for knee implants. The economics and DRGs listed are no longer DRG 209/210, however, the types of implants have not changed significantly. Useful for someone with minimal experience in joint replacement.



Revision Knee

This is a reprint from an article from the January issue of Orthopedic Network News. It describes some of the basic issues and types of products used for knee revisions, including concepts such as constraint, and the role of the knee ligaments in the choice of implant. The economics reported here are out of date. More recent information is available in the July issue of Orthopedic Network News.



Spine

This is a reprint from an October 1999 issue of Orthopedic Network News. It describes the types of spine surgery available at the time. Much of the technology listed here has been displaced by more recent types such as interbody fusion devices, corpectomy devices, interspinous processes, vertebral compression fracture repair, neuromonitoring, among others. However the vertebra where these new devices are placed have not changed. More recent information is available in the October issue of Orthopedic Network News.

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