VCF Market: Interest Remains High As Market Share Shifts
Although the spine market appears to be stabilizing to some extent, the vertebral compression fracture market continues to be challenged by reimbursement issues and lingering controversy stemming from the New England Journal of Medicine articles questioning the efficacy of vertebroplasty and vertebral augmentation as a treatment for VCFs.
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