Degenerative disc disease driving spine surgery

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is one of the most common conditions affecting adults.  While it does not always manifest itself in symptoms (it can be seen by MRI in 25% of asymptomatic individuals under 40, and in 60% of asymptomatic individuals over 40), its prevalence in an aging population, in which its prevalence increases, is a big driver of spine surgery procedures.  DDD can encompass degradation of bony architecture, discs, or supporting muscles and ligaments of the spine. 

 

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Source: Report #M520, "Worldwide Spine Surgery Market 2010-2020."

DDD is addressed surgically by procedures that fuse adjacent vertebra or replace the disc. In the graph are shown these global procedure volumes in 2010 for treatment of DDD.

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