Major breakthroughs in spinal biologics, disc regeneration on the horizon: 3 key thoughts from Dr. William Watters

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Former North American Spine Society President William Watters, MD, of Houston Medical, discusses the biggest spine technology, clinical and business trends for 2018.

Question: What is the most important spine technology trend for 2018?


Dr. William Watters: The most important trend for the coming year will be the continued migration to minimally invasive technology and techniques for many standard spinal interventions. There also is the possibility for a major breakthrough in biologics and regenerative treatments of disc pathology.


Q: What is the biggest clinical or business challenge spine surgeons will face this year?


WW: The major business challenge for spinal surgeons this year will be the continued reimbursement shortfalls and devaluation of spinal procedures along with the increasing penetration of value-based reimbursement schemes and bundled payments.


Q: What is the best opportunity for spine surgeons in 2018?


WW: Spinal surgeons should continue to affiliate with non-surgical spinal treatment specialists to better capture reimbursements under these bundled reimbursement schemes.


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