In the global market for spine surgery products/technologies, there is a progressive caseload shift away from spine fusion and toward alternative technologies are less invasive, provide more flexibility in the spine, minimize pain, and/or provide other benefits. Accordingly, spine fusion revenues are expected to be flat as bone graft substitutes, total disc replacement and vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty begin to replace some spinal fusion procedures. Nucleus replacement, a market in its infancy, will also be increasing during the period covered in this study, but will remain a relatively modest sub-segment of the entire market.
This 2009 and 2017 pie charts illustrating the spine surgery market by product type shows more dramatically the predicted shift from spinal fusion towards other technologies. One of the drivers of this trend is the desire by Baby Boomers to remain active into their later years. This means that they will be more likely to opt for a total disc replacement, for example, in order to keep spinal fusion as a more drastic, final solution if all else fails.
Source: MedMarket Diligence report #M510, "Spine Surgery Worldwide: Products, Technologies, Markets & Opportunities, 2008-2017."