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Spinal nonfusion technologies show rapid uptake in USA facilities

Millennium Research Group : 25 April, 2008  (Company News)
US Spine Marketrack results have been published by Millennium Research Group's (MRG) that indicate a growing number of facilities are adopting nonfusion technologies.
Rising patient and surgeon awareness and new product releases starting in Q3 2007 have added to the growth rate and will drive further increases in the market in future.

In Q4 2006, just over six percent of hospitals surveyed performed artificial disc procedures, but by Q4 2007, this proportion doubled to over 13 percent. Similarly, the number of facilities that performed dynamic stabilisation treatments also doubled from 10 percent to 20 percent over the same time frame.

Products like Medtronic Spinal and Biologics' Prestige-ST and the X-STOP, Synthes Spine's ProDisc-C and ProDisc-L, DePuy Spine's Charite, and Zimmer Spine's Dynesys, as well as new devices entering the market, are experiencing growing adoption rates.

Manufacturers are increasingly training surgeons on nonfusion technologies, such as artificial discs and dynamic stabilisation devices, encouraging this adoption. Surgeons are finding these technologies are more in tune with the body because they preserve motion as opposed to fusion technologies, which result in reduced movement of the spine.


'Patients are excited about nonfusion technology,' said Kevin Flewwelling, manager of MRG's Orthopedics division. 'Not only do they benefit from increased motion preservation, but the recovery times are shorter, enabling them to return quickly to their regular lifestyles.'
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