Paradigm Spine: ISASS Guidelines Recommend Coverage of Interlaminar Stabilization

By Julie A. Vetalice

ISASS, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, published a policy statement of recommendations and coverage criteria for decompression with interlaminar stabilization for select patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).

Interlaminar stabilization after direct decompression is a non-fusion surgical option that may provide additional stability over decompression alone.

Paradigm Spine's coflex® device is reported to be the only spine product that has achieved FDA Premarket Approval for up to a Grade I spondylolisthesis with a concomitant decompression.

A new CPT code takes effect on 1/1/17 for use of the coflex device for interlaminar stabilization after a decompression. Earlier this year, study results from 5-year follow-up demonstrated long-term, sustained therapeutic effect of coflex vs. fusion in the treatment of LSS.

Sources: Paradigm Spine, LLC; ORTHOWORLD Inc.

International Journal of Spine Surgery, Recommendations/Coverage Criteria