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Bill hopes to promote “medical tourism” in Florida

March 07, 2014 05:15PM

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University of Miami hospital

Forget the beaches. Florida may soon be a hotspot for “medical tourism.”

A new bill hopes to set aside $3.5 million for marketing campaigns that advertise “sun-and-surgery” packages in the state, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The bill also asks hospitals and other medical care providers to submit proposals for involvement in the promotion.

However, these types of partnerships between the state and health care providers are already happening in some places in the state. The Miami Convention and Tourism Bureau are currently partnering with seven area hospitals to provide what it calls “medical excellence with a tropical flair.”

A similar program hoping to attract Canadians to Sarasota County saw underwhelming results, according to Steven Roskamp, a partner at the retirement community Sarasota Bay Club.

“We are no longer putting tremendous effort into that,” Roskamp said. “We definitely got some business, but I was putting $10 in for every dollar I got out.” [SFBJ] Christopher Cameron

  • WannaBeLandlord

    Pill mills and butt filler clinics? Hospital of Special Surgery in NYC has fixed many blotched S. Florida operations performed on winter birds and college students from the Northeast.

  • Arpita

    BoneWelding
    Technology: The concept of this surgical technique employs ultrasonic energy to
    liquefy a thermoplastic interface between medical implants and the host bone,
    followed by a quick cooling and solidifying process that forms a strong
    interlocked bond within seconds.

    Process: The process can be broken down into three
    general steps,

    1. An active sonotrode drives a thermoplastic
    implant into the bone.

    2. This sets up shearing forces at the contact
    surface of the polymer, causing it to liquefy at pre-defined locations and to
    penetrate into the cancellous bone.

    3. The liquid polymer is immediately quenched,
    resulting in a mechanically stable bond to the bone after only a few seconds

    Advantages:

    1. The short ultrasonic impulse and localized
    melting of the polymer has proven to leave the bone healing and
    osseointegration processes undisturbed in numerous animal studies.

    2. Licenses have been approved systems in global
    markets (no spine or sports medicine products available in US)

    3. The procedure is cost-effective, cutting back
    on implant costs, time of surgery, and risk of the implant failure.

    4. Bonds are significantly stronger and show
    improved osseointegration compared to other medical implant, fixation methods.
    This is particularly greater in areas with poor host bone.

    5. The method’s flexibility allows for the
    progress of further, innovative implant designs and surgical methods.

    a. It can be implemented through various methods:

    i. Direct bonding – fixation of implants during
    the insertion process

    ii. Interlace bonding – fixation after final implant
    placement by interface elements

    iii. InsideOut technology – reinforcement of the
    surrounding bone preventing cut-out or dislocation

    iv. In-situ assembly – process integrated
    ultrasonic fusion of multiple implants, e.g. to achieve superior angle locked
    pin to plate fixation

    v. RetroWelding –
    liquefaction of the polymeric component in direct contact to the
    sonotrode to achieve maximum bond strength independently of bone quality

    vi. Augmentation
    – reinforcement of weak bone prior to the placement of the implant

    6. Bonewelding is an easy, tangible concept,
    making surgery more comfortable for surgeons.

    7. Has been tested for resorbable polymers,
    biocomposites, non-resorbable polymerS, and in a great variety of implant
    materials, including: titanium, zirconia, biocomposite, or poly(aryl-ether-ether-ketone) (PEEK).

    Supporting Studies: (does
    not seem that clinical trials have been performed for spinal and sports
    medicine procedures just yet)

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266435611006073

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23898427

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3207336/

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16211571

    Applications:
    Licensed

    • Implants for cranio-maxillofacial surgery

    • Implants for fracture repair (traumatology)

    • Dental implants

    • Implants for fusion and motion preservation in the spine

    • Implants for sports medicine surgery

    Other areas of application

    • Joint implants (e.g. finger, elbow, hip)

    • Implants for minimally invasive joint arthrodesis

    • Veterinary orthopedics: implants for fracture & soft
    tissue repair and joint replacement

    • Drug delivery systems

    • Dental restorations (e.g. fillings and crowns)

    Doctors/Networks
    Overview:

    The production is based
    out of Germany and predominantly used globally outside of the US.

    Under the tab “licenses”
    on the main BoneWelding website, there are three websites http://www.spinewelding.ch , http://www.sportwelding.com , and http://www.klsmartin.com , which lead to I’m assuming the distributing
    branches of the technology’s company. At http://www.spinewelding.ch/index.php?page=team their clinical advisory board consists of the
    following doctors and professors:

    – Dr. Ulrich Berlemann, Spinecenter, Thun,
    Switzerland

    – Prof. Michael Blauth, University Hospital,
    Innsbruck, Austria

    – Prof. emeritus Dr. Dieter Grob, Ex-Schulthess
    Clinic, Zurich, Switzerland


    Dr. Stephen H. Hochschuler, Texas Back Institute,
    Dallas, USA


    Dr. Hansen A. Yuan, Upstate Medical, Syracuse, USA


    Dr. Frank M. Philips, Rush Medical, Chicago, USA

    It would appear that
    Doctors, Hochschuler, Yuam and Philips would be the best options in finding
    accessible doctors that use/have used the technique given their USA
    residency.

    At http://www.sportwelding.com/index.php?page=team their advisory board consisted of:


    Prof. Dr. Russel Warren: Hospital for Special Surgery
    HSS, New York, USA

    – Prof. Dr. Michael Blauth: University Clinic
    Innsbruck, Austria

    – Prof. Dr. Mathias Steinwachs: Schulthess Clinic
    Zurich, Switzerland

    – PD Dr. Michael Plecko: University Hospital
    Zurich, Switzerland

    Here is appears Dr. Russel
    Warren would be the best resource.

    As for http://www.klsmartin.com, under a
    “The Group” tab on their website, a small blurb is devoted to their KLS
    Martin LP sales company located in Jacksonville Florida. It that some of the applications/products
    (excluding spine or sports
    medicine products as mentioned before) are available for sale in the US, such
    as dental/oral or cranial surgery. The excluded techniques/products would be
    obviously more valued to use in the Cayman Islands due to being unavailable in
    the US.

    Here is a pdf brochure on
    the klsmartin products for dental/oral surgical procedures:

    http://www.klsmartin.com/fileadmin/Inhalte/Downloads_Prospekte/Dental/90-411-02-09_10_13_SonicWeld_Restoring_Nature.pdf

    For more information,
    please visit- http://www.voaygermed.com

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