Yet, I must admit, when one listens to Panajabi, Goel, and the rest of the cast of characters, it makes sense. There are still many questions that remain to be answered especially when it comes to the long-term stability of pedicle screw based systems and the Center of Rotation as it pertains to each individual patient. There have been many alternatives discussed at many of the meetings that the Blogger has attended. Those range from HA coated to Ceramic coated pedicle screws. Yet, school is still out on whether these types of designs will be efficacious in what would be asked of them. Until further testing is performed on these types of screws, it is pure conjecture on any designers part.
In closing, the Blogger must ask one question of the writers at OTW, why the McAfee publicity piece for the Globus Medical Transition System? You take a great article, and taint it with clinical marketing. Oops! I forgot, you have to keep your customers happy. Before any of these articles quote surgeons or medical advisors, it should be explicitly stated that the contributing surgeon is a "paid mouth piece" or consultant for Globus. Outside of that, we look forward to the third part of this series.