Monday, August 31, 2009

is This Really News?

Over the last couple of days various newswires and websites reported that Sanford Health, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota healthcare provider received clearance for a posterior lumbar interbody fusion device. Based on recent marketing data why would someone make such a big deal of another "me too" implant. Aren't posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) approaches on the decline?

Dave Link, Sanford Health Executive Vice-President has an unusual perspective on what constitutes innovation. How can innovation be a product that represents the culmination of a decade of clinical research? Last time we looked at the market, there were plenty of PLIF devices that can produce the same results as the Asfora device. Unless this device is the "Silver Bullet" and can distract and insert itself, is this truly innovative? The Spine Blogger wants to know what its readers think?

1 comment:

  1. With a debt of gratitude to Drs. Kusslich, Ray and Zdeblick. The worst features of their cylindrical cage designs now can be had in one. Good name, it will subside through the endplates like a bullet. The 98% fusion must be based on less than 7 degrees motion... What time zone is South Dakota in, 1986?