Globally, the spinal fusion market has been witnessing growth over the past several years. Driving this expansion are several factors; a demographic shift towards an aging population, a large number of people afflicted with spinal ailments, increased consumer healthcare awareness, and more access to medical care in developing nations.
Researching trends in the spinal fusion sector from 2018 and beyond, three main themes are surfacing – minimizing cost, maximizing recovery time, and utilizing resources more efficiently.
Minimally invasive spine surgical techniques typically lead to the same outcomes as traditional open surgeries, but with the significant benefits of shorter recovery times, smaller incisions, less time in the hospital, and reduced pain.
Dr. David Greenwald, neurosurgeon at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, FL says “Spinal surgery is rapidly advancing into the outpatient sector. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are critical to this evolution. The Genesys Spine minimally invasive pedicle screw system is ideally suited for both short segment out-patient surgery or complex multi-level in-patient stabilization.”
BREAKTHROUGHS IN TECHNOLOGY
Technological breakthroughs in X-Ray and fluoroscopic imaging have helped advance minimally invasive techniques in recent years along with the introduction of state-of-the-art intraoperative 3-D imaging technology.
Mesfin A. Lemma, MD with Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital says “In MIS, our hands are outside the patient and we’re manipulating the instruments inside, so, precision is critical.”¹
Another advantage of minimally invasive techniques is that they usually require a much shorter hospital stay than traditional open spinal surgery.
“The major driver of cost in musculoskeletal care is without question the acute inpatient hospitalization. A transition towards outpatient surgery holds incentives not only for doctors and patients but also for payers”.²
Here at Genesys, we offer a variety of implants and instruments specifically designed for minimally invasive procedures and techniques.