At NASS, Dynamic Stabilization Grabs Audiences
This article was originally published in Start Up
At this year's North American Spine Society meeting, disc replacement was all the rage, particularly given the FDA's approval, the day before the meeting started, of the first such device to be sold in the US. But the real buzz at the meeting was about a new approach to degenerative spine problems, dynamic stabilization, that could threaten the disc replacement revolution before it even begins.
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In the US acceptance of dynamic stabilization devices (DYNs) has been strong owing to the compelling advantages of DYNs over artificial discs, including that they can be implanted from a posterior route, do not violate the disc space and the procedure is reversible. Rather being an alternative to fusion, artificial discs will likely compete with DYNs.
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.