At AAOS, A Debate Over Disc Replacement
In recent years, few technology areas in orthopedics have stimulated more debate than spine, and at the head of the controversy, as evidenced by this year's annual meeeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, is disc replacement.
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A brief discussion of a few new companies in the spine and orthopedic surgery market that presented at Medtech Insight and Windhover Information's IN SPINE & ORTHOPEDICS conference in Las Vegas, December 2006.
Today, the market for spine surgery is growing by more than 20% annually based on fusion technologies alone, despite the fact that those technologies are decades old and flawed. However, a heightened awareness of the clinical drawbacks of fusion is fueling prolific company creation in a new spine motion preservation segment of the industry. Some 118 start-ups in spine are dotting the landscape. Many hope to offer new devices that address spinal joint reconstruction; artificial discs, disc nuclei, annulus repair, facet joint replacement, and dynamic or flexible stabilization of the spine.
Stryker's recent acquisition of SpineCore represents just the latest move of a large orthopedics company into the promising field of disc replacement, a technology expected to boom over the next four years.