5 updates on sacroiliac joint procedures in 6 months

Carly Behm -   Print  |
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Here are five key clinical, policy and device updates regarding sacroiliac joint care since July 13:

1. Optum teamed with Advisory Board to examine how CMS approval of procedures in ASCs shifted where surgeons performed procedures. The researchers found SI joint fusions were up 18 percent for Medicare beneficiaries at ASCs and 13 percent at HOPDs. Optum, on the other hand, reported that SI joint fusions jumped 12 percent at HOPDs and 5 percent at ASCs.

2. ChoiceSpine's Triton sacroiliac joint fixation system received FDA approval. The fixation system is used for conditions including degenerative sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint disruption.

3. Spine implant maker CoreLink has surpassed 5,000 cases with its Entasis lateral sacroiliac joint fusion system, the company said Sept. 16.

4. Tampa, Fla.-based medical device company PainTEQ received three patents for a minimally invasive procedure to help sacroiliac joint dysfunction patients. The first patent covers the method of stabilizing an SI joint without drilling, avoiding the potential for tissue necrosis by overheating. The second patent includes a multimodal device used to bore out the cavity where the allograft implant will be placed, and the third patent covers PainTEQ's large-window allograft implant itself.

5. A study found positive outcomes in patients who underwent a lateral minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using hollow screws. The study, conducted by Inspired Spine, included 62 patients who had sacroiliac joint fusion with hollow, fenestrated screws.

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