Demographics in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the largest single-growing patient demographic in spine1

Spinal stenosis is the largest single-growing patient demographic in spine.1 By the year 2020, it is projected that the number of patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis will double to 2.4 million representing a substantial opportunity for surgeons who diagnose and treat these patients.

U.S. Market for Spinal Stenosis Patients (2012 – 2020)1

  • 1.2 million patients were annually diagnosed with varying degrees of spinal stenosis.
  • The number of patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis is expected to double by the year 2020 to 2.4 million.

 

Treatment Provided (yearly)*

 

A vast majority of LSS patients continue to choose non-surgical treatment and avoid surgery despite having a progressive, clinically significant disease. Based on the response from the SPORT study, "Surgery for spinal stenosis has been shown to be more effective compared to nonoperative treatment."2
Why are so many LSS patients still choosing to avoid surgery when surgical treatment is the better option?
 

* Third party market intelligence data.

1. Nick ShamIe, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at UCLA Medical Center of Los Angeles. Spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Wall Street Journal (Business). February 15, 2011.

2. Surgical Versus Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Four-Year Results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Weinstein, J et al. Spine Volume 35, Number 14, pp 1329-1338.

Learn more about the trade-offs in treating LSS.