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LSN0404PDGrowing popularity of motion preservation procedures coupled with pending positive reimbursement changes will have a cannibalizing effect on the traditional spine market.

According to a newly published report by iData Research (, the U.S. spinal implant market is expected to reach over $6 billion by 2021. Growth is driven by the vast array of new devices in already established markets, most notably the motion preservation market.

Motion preservation devices represent an exciting and often controversial segment of the spinal implant market. The segment is divided into the following categories: artificial discs, dynamic stabilization devices, nucleus replacement devices, annular repair devices and facet arthroplasty implants. The fastest growing segment within motion preservation devices was the artificial disc market. In 2014, this segment experienced the highest number of procedures performed, with a double-digit growth rate.


As motion preservation devices continue to gain popularity among surgeons, the market will see strong growth over the forecast period. The growing acceptance of motion preservation and minimally invasive spine devices will have a cannibalizing effect on the traditional spine market.

Motion preservation devices are used for treating pathologies similar to those that spinal fusion procedures address. However, unlike spinal fusion, motion preservation devices act to preserve the natural motion of the spine. “Some motion preservation devices are used for treating pathologies that were previously untreatable using traditional fusion procedures, thus creating new markets for spinal implants,” says Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData.

Emerging technologies, including innovative devices and new surgical techniques such as those designed to improve spinal fusion procedures or those offering viable alternatives, will help drive the spinal implant market. However, the majority of motion preservation devices are still in development or are awaiting market approval from the FDA. Devices classified as motion preserving represent the bulk of technological innovation, and are expected to drive the market.

Medtronic leads every U.S. spinal implant market with the exception of the markets for motion preservation and cervical fixation.  Depuy Synthes has become a contending competitor and leads the cervical fixation and motion preservation markets.  Other key and notable competitors include Stryker Spine, LDR Medical, Globus Medical and Zimmer Spine.

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The 2015 edition report published by iData entitled “U.S. Market for Spinal Implants and VCF” covers the following market segments:

  • Cervical Fixation Market
  • Thoracolumbar Fixation Market
  • Traditional And MIS Interbody Fusion Markets
  • Motion Preservation Device Market
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture Market
  • Spinal Electrical Stimulation Device Market

The global series on the spinal implant and VCF markets covers 25 countries including the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, Taiwain, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and 15 countries in Europe. U.S. Minimally Invasive Spinal Implant Market – 2015 is also available