Booming spinal surgery triggers innovative approaches


The rapid growth of efforts to alleviate lower back pain is driving innovation in surgical procedures, and in at least one case creating new opportunities for engineering plastics.

As many as 240,000 lumbar spinal fusion procedures will be performed in the United States in 2013, representing a market of more than $3 billion.

TranS1 Inc. (Raleigh, NC), which designs and markets products to treat degenerative conditions of the spine affecting the lumbar region, is using polyetheretherketone (PEEK) in a lumbar fusion cage implant in its recently developed VEO Direct Lateral Access and Interbody Fusion System....
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