Surgeons perform 1.62M instrumented spinal fusions per year in the US: 5 things to know


There are more than 1 million instrumented spinal procedures performed in the U.S. annually, according to an iData Research report.


The report authors analyzed data from several sources, including hospitals and government organizations, and examined hundreds of CPT and ICD codes for the report.

Five things to know:

1. Surgeons perform around 1.62 million instrumented spinal procedures every year, including surgeries that involve multiple procedures during the same visit.

2. There were more than 352,000 interbody fusions performed during the year examined in the report, making it the most common procedure.

3. In 2017, the report estimated that 85.5 percent of cervical fixation procedures in the U.S. were anterior, while the remaining were posterior. However, the analysts said, "Posterior procedures are gaining popularity and are expected to increase more rapidly than anterior procedures."

4. While the number of spinal fusions is expected to increase, iData CEO Dr. Kamran Zamanian expects growth to slow in the future due to the "increasing prevalence of cervical artificial discs."

5. While minimally invasive procedures have gained popularity, the report suggests a "significant portion" of interbody spinal fusions require the standard surgical methods.


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