High altitudes can have a deleterious effect on the human body, witnessed by some of the comments that have been posted regarding the viability of this blog. One of our readers has been utilizing their crystal ball to aid in their clairvoyance. Unfortunately, when one scales beyond 7,000 feet above sea level the saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet, and a climber begins approaching the death zone. Hypobaropathy effects each individual differently. Your vital functions begin to go, you start making poor decisions, and you begin to weaken. Even the sherpa's know their limitations. As our infamous commentator has stated, why don't we discuss innovation? The FDA, The government? Duh? For as much time that this individual spends following this blog, one must question whether the processor is functioning or is it time for a check up from the neck up? How many times has the TSB blog site asked, what is new? Let me count the ways. He loves TSB, he loves me not! Let's see if the Sir Edmund Hillary of The Spine Blogger blogspot is up for the challenge by identifying what company or companies that this individual works for. What business model is this individual currently building? Is he selling on features and benefits? Is he a consultant broker? Is he the point guard of a POD or PDP? What better way to invalidate our opinions that there is not anything new in spine. Don't believe TSB? Just look at the winners in the last two Spine Technology Awards and where they are today, they are breaking all types of records. Just kidding. As the call for entrants is made public for this year's spine lalapalooza, well, YAWWWWWWN. Will it be another expandable or cannulated pedicle screw? Will it be a screw an anchor that differentiates one product from another? Will it be another inter body device? God knows we need another interbody device. Another biologic? Perhaps we can increase the number from 50 companies to 51, or maybe 54? Or, maybe we could find another stem cell company? Even the shill for the industry has been known to pull a rabbit out of his ass every once in awhile. So, what is going to make our person of interest happy? The Machine would like to appease this individual's dissatisfaction with our blog and the many comments that bring some levity to all of our lives, once and for all, or as Meatloaf (that's a singer not a dietary delicacy) parodied, "what's it going to be boy?" Are you up to the challenge?
Instead of applauding some of the products that people are attempting to bring to the spine market resulting in the continuing saturation and demise of the industry, you the reader have this opportunity to vote on which products suck? Is it the implant? Is it the instruments? Is it the magic dust? Who knows, it could even be the company? What companies are driving down the cost of implants? Who are some of the better known POD's? As the margins continue to diminish and the expectations increase for growth what do those incredibly talented innovators have in store for the spine market? Our hopes are that our readers can shed light on Sir Edmund's plight.
You know what Jimmy Buffet would sing;
It's these changes in latitudes, changes in altitudes
nothing remains quite the same, with all of our
running and all of our cunning, if we couldn't laugh
we would all go insane.
On a side note, TSB received some information from an unnamed source that The House was voting on SB406 which had HB1725 attached to it. HB 1725 it the bill that prohibits healthcare practitioners from self-referrals for medical devices. If this bill passes it will likely move to a Committee where they would negotiate the passing of the NO POD Bill as a joint group. Obviously, there is big money involved and every effort will be made to fight this, so if you are for the bill, pick up the phone or get on your computer and let your voices be heard.