In addition to strong demand in the United States, interest outside the US continues to grow. iFuse was recently launched inAustralia during the Spine Society of Australia meeting in Melbourne last month and the first iFuse procedure in Australia was performed on May 3rd by Dr. Neil Cleaver of Gold Coast Spine in Gold Coast, New South Wales. Previously, Dr. Cleaver had used sacroiliac joint screws manufactured by a large international orthopedic company. iFuse is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Device Technologies, a leading distributor of medical supplies and products since 1992. Also, earlier this year, the first iFuse procedures were performed in Israel, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and iFuse is now available in 25 countries including 21 inEurope and the Middle East. In addition to increased demand by surgeons, payors are responding to the overwhelming amount of clinical evidence supporting iFuse and insurance coverage is gaining momentum. 49 out of 50 states now have Medicare coverage and commercial plans such as Blue Cross of Michigan are covering iFuse.
“20,000 procedures is a remarkable milestone and it’s very gratifying to know that iFuse has helped so many people who were suffering from debilitating SI joint pain,” said Jeffrey Dunn, President and CEO of SI-BONE. “We will continue to focus on educating patients, physicians and payors about the benefits of iFuse as demonstrated by our extensive high quality clinical evidence in order to further increase awareness among patients, adoption among surgeons and coverage by payors to provide access to all appropriate iFuse candidates.”
About SI-BONE, Inc.
SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, California) is a leading sacroiliac joint medical device company dedicated to the development of tools and products for patients with low back issues related to certain SI joint disorders. The company develops, manufactures and markets minimally invasive products for the SI joint. SI-BONE, Inc. received original 510(k) clearance in November 2008 from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its iFuse Implant System. The CE mark for European commercialization was obtained in November 2010.
The iFuse Implant System is a minimally invasive surgical option that uses titanium implants coated with a porous, titanium plasma spray (TPS) that acts as an interference surface, designed to help decrease implant motion, and allow for biological fixation to support long term fusion. The iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint dysfunction that is a direct result of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis. This includes conditions whose symptoms began during pregnancy or in the peripartum period and have persisted postpartum for more than 6 months. Clinical studies have demonstrated that treatment with the iFuse Implant System improved pain, patient function, and quality of life at 12 months post-implantation. There are potential risks associated with the iFuse Implant System. It may not be appropriate for all patients and all patients may not benefit. For information about the risks, visit: www.si-bone.com/risks.
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