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Spine Market - Does Big Business Mean Insignificant Patients?

By February 19, 2013

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A recently released report by the Millennium Research Group projects that the U.S. market for minimally invasive spine procedures will reach $2B by 2017.

The report identifies two areas slated for the strongest growth:  Minimally invasive spinal fusion and facet fixation.

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Well, that's certainly great for business, but if you're scheduled for one of these procedures, you may want to pose the hard questions to your doctor. And do your research.

Minimally invasive techniques require a lot of extra training on the part of surgeons. If yours lacks the necessary education or skill, this may increase the time it takes for her to complete your procedure.  A surgeon's lack of skill with minimally invasive procedures may also result in unwanted effects.

Not only that, but many in the field express their concern for the safety and/or effectiveness of minimally invasive technologies because research has yet to catch up with business.  In turn, not all the tools and materials used in procedures for which there is a booming market demand will be reimbursed by insurance.

Source:

Press Release.  US Minimally Invasive Spine Technology Market to Grow Strongly to $2 Billion by 2017.  Millennium Research Group.  Feb 2013.  http://mrg.net/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/Spine-Technology-Market-021913.aspx

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