Coflex and Spinal Fusion Procedures

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Lumbar Interbody Fusions

There are 352,000 lumbar interbody fusion procedures performed annually in the United States.

FINDINGS

  • There are 352,000 lumbar interbody fusion surgeries performed in the United States annually. It is the most commonly performed procedure for the spine in the US.
  • The number of spinal fusion procedures increased from 61,000 to 465,000 between 1993 and 2011.
  • The number of spinal fusion discharges increased from 174,223 in 1998 to 413,171 in 2008. Lumbar fusion grew by 142% in the period.
  • The annual spend on spinal fusion surgery in the United States is $40 billion.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

Spinal fusion surgeries can be performed at three levels: cervical, thoracolumbar, and lumbar. There are three kinds of spinal fusion surgeries: cervical fusion, thoracolumbar fusion, and lumbar fusion/ interbody fusion. Interbody fusion surgery types are anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) with instrumentation, posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), and lateral fusion interbody fusion (XLIF, DLIF). "Cervical fixation, thoracolumbar fixation and interbody fusion procedures were found to be the most commonly performed procedure types, compared to any other spinal procedures in recent years". Therefore, interbody fusion surgery is understood to be the same as lumbar interbody fusion surgeries. The number of interbody fusion (or lumbar interbody fusion) surgeries performed annually in the United States is 352,000.
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  • "Spinal fusion surgery, for instance: Involving the removal of worn-out or injured discs, then the fusing together of the vertebrae above and below that disc with metal screws and cages, this is the form of elective surgery that people spend the most on in the US, costing a total of $40 billion per year."
  • "The procedure, with a price tag averaging $80,000, has a success rate of about 35%. Those most likely to benefit are the young, trim, and athletic, not the typical surgery candidates, whose average age was 54 in a 2008 study by the Spine Research Foundation."
  • "Instead, the number of operations performed every year increased 600% between 1993 and 2011, jumping from 61,000 annual procedures to more than 465,000."
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  • " In 1998, there were approximately 174,223 spinal fusion discharges; this number rose to 413,171 in 2008, showing a 2.5-fold increase. Cervical fusion rose by 114%, thoracolumbar fusion grew by 81%, and lumbar fusion grew by 142%. The average age for patients receiving spinal fusions rose from 49 years old in 1998 to 54 years old in 2008. "
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  • "The North American spine surgery devices market is expected to grow at a 7.5 percent compound annual growth rate by 2019, according to a Research and Markets study. The United States is predicted to have the largest market share. Spinal fusion have the biggest grasp on the market, with spinal fixation experiencing the fastest growth. "
  • "The U.S. spinal implant market is currently valued around $5 billion and is expected to grow for the next 10 years at a compound annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, according to a Q2 Metrics report. It is expected to reach $6.4 billion by 2024."
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  • "Interbody fusions were the most commonly performed spinal procedures in the United States, with over 352,000 performed annually."
  • "Cervical fixation, thoracolumbar fixation and interbody fusion procedures were found to be the most commonly performed procedure types, compared to any other spinal procedures in recent years."
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  • "An interbody fusion is a type of spinal fusion that involves removing the intervertebral disk. This type of fusion can be performed using different approaches. For example, the surgeon can access the spine through incisions in the lower back or through incisions in the side. In an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), the surgeon approaches the lower back from the front through an incision in the abdomen."