A new era in spinal fusion: 3 surgeons weigh in on the emergence of osteoimmunology and bone graft technology
By Admin | November 03, 2021
Over the past few decades, rates of spinal fusions have steadily risen. However, pseudarthrosis rates— an indicator of unsuccessful spinal fusion — have not improved enough in the past 20 years to reduce the overall non-unions. With a growing number of spinal fusions, a constant pseudarthrosis rate means that each year there are more non-unions, many of which require revision surgery.
The current rate of pseudarthrosis means U.S. patients experience approximately 149,000 non-unions each year. Among these non-unions, about 92,000 require revision surgery, which has negative implications for patients, provider organizations, surgeons and payers. Patients experience longer rehab times, surgeons’ performance metrics decline, and payers and providers have to flip the bill for these additional procedures.
As the number of spinal fusions continue to rise, it’s important for healthcare organizations to ensure these procedures evolve in a way that...(More)
For more info please read, A new era in spinal fusion: 3 surgeons weigh in on the emergence of osteoimmunology and bone graft technology, by Becker's SpineReview