To date, most new technologies have focused on goals such as developing less invasive approaches, reducing postoperative pain and accelerating recovery, preserving spinal motion, and enhancing the process of fusion. The following breakthroughs are the future in the industry:
- Cervical artificial disk replacement for cervical disc pathology treatment is time-tested (with 4 to 7 years of clinical outcomes reported in the US) and emerging as a major alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). More recently, even for 2-level procedures, one cervical artificial disk technology has been approved.
- With improved fusion rates and less postoperative pain and complications, the results of fusion are improving over time. Improvement areas include less invasive approaches, more options for bone grafting, and cage / implant innovations.
- More widespread adoption is gaining minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion. With new, less invasive approaches to fusion now available, SI joint fusion is a more common treatment option for patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction