These are exciting times for MISS (minimally invasive spine surgery). More and more patients are expressing an interest in it and manufacturers of appliances used in this style of surgery are deeply engaged with key innovations to answer the demand.
Research is repeatedly proving that this surgical style is superior for several reasons – less bleeding, less risk for complications (like infection), shorter stays in hospital and more rapid recovery times. These are leading benefits driving demand and innovation.
And surgeons are stepping up to be part of this MISS era of evolution, making the surgery more widely accessible to patients who need it.
A better approach
We mentioned blood loss a second ago. But did you know that MISS provokes almost 89% less blood loss during a minimally invasive spine surgery than during a traditional one? That’s according to a study published in Spine magazine.
The same study reported that patients undergoing MISS interventions had shorter stays in hospital, spending 64% less time there than patients who’d had open surgery.
The MISS market is slated to grow by almost 8% by 2020, according to the HealthCare Markets. The number of spinal disorder patients in need of these procedures, which offer better outcomes and the most cost-effective care, is growing.
An aging population and the realities of obesity and a sedentary lifestyle have come home to roost, meaning that this style of surgery will only become increasingly requested.
Unfortunately, qualified practitioners are not as plentiful as the demand. It’s crucial that the medical community address this gap, encouraging expanded training and educational opportunities to ensure that surgeons emerging from educational institutions are prepared for the demands of MISS.
Vendors stepping up
Medical appliances vendors are continually developing new products for use in MISS procedures. Chief among them are DePuy Synthes, Nuvasive, Medtronic, Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, Alliance Spine and Aesculap Implant Systems.
Apex Market Reports points to these companies as leaders in the MISS appliance field, globally.
Vastly improved navigation systems, evolving implant techniques, and emerging robotics technologies are pushing MISS into the spotlight.
As with other surgical innovations, advances in the field of MISS are being driven by the need to find more cost-effective means of healthcare delivery.
But the goal of all breakthroughs in medicine is to treat and to heal the patient. Any technology which promises to achieve that goal is a market winner and one which will bring revolutionary change to existing surgical techniques, which is already well in progress.
Spine Consult NJ
The outlook for minimally invasive spine surgery is extremely positive, with vendors creating the means for surgeons to better serve our patients, because of their contributions. This is an exciting time!
As this market grows, medical professionals will continue to seek new ways to diffuse and promote this technique, so that more patients can benefit from it. At the same time, institutions, personnel, and government agencies will benefit from reduced costs
Improved outcomes are good for everyone. Ready to discuss MISS? Contact us.