Europe Market Report for Minimally Invasive Spinous Process Fixation 2017 - MedCore
Several spinal fixation systems exist for stabilizing the spine so that bone fusion can be achieved. The majority of these fixation systems use rods that attach to screws that are threaded into the vertebral bodies or the pedicles. In some cases, plate fixation systems are also used to fuse two adjacent vertebral segments. Current plate fixation systems are designed to function in place of rods and screws, with the advantage of allowing fixation without the need to contour a long rod across multiple segments.General Report Contents
Market Analyses include: Unit Sales, ASPs, Market Value & Growth Trends
Market Drivers & Limiters for each chapter segment
Competitive Analysis for each chapter segment
Section on recent mergers & acquisitions
Both plating systems and rod and screw systems add bulk along the lateral aspect of the spine, which limits access to the pars and transverse processes of the spinal column. This complicates the removal of membranes and the placement of bone graft. In order to avoid this limitation, many surgeons remove the membranes prior to placing the rods. However, this process increases the amount of blood loss, which makes it more difficult to maintain a clear operative field. Placing rods or plates on the lateral aspect of the spine leaves the center of the spinal canal, containing the dura, spinal cords and nerves, completely exposed. In some cases, damage can occur at the intervertebral junction of an adjacent level. When this occurs, fusion at the adjacent level can sometimes be necessary. When this additional surgery is required, rod fixation systems are difficult to extend to higher or lower levels that require fusion. Although there are connectors and techniques that can be used to lengthen the fixation, they tend to be difficult to use and time consuming.
As a result of the limitations of plate and rod systems, there was a need for spinal stabilization devices that did not add bulk to the lateral aspect of the spine and did not limit access to the pars and transverse processes.