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Posted on Nov 19, 2018

November 19, 2018

ALACHUA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RTI Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq: RTIX), a global surgical implant company, announced HealthPartners, the largest consumer governed nonprofit health care organization in the United States, issued a positive coverage decision for minimally invasive sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion surgery, effective November 1, 2018. This decision expands access to RTI’s SImmetry System for HealthPartners members considering treatment for SI joint pain or dysfunction. The SImmetry System is a minimally invasive surgical solution that uses proprietary decortication technology, bone graft and threaded fixation to facilitate bone fusion, providing an opportunity for long-term pain relief.

It has been reported that up to 30 percent of all chronic low back pain, the second most common cause of disability in American adults, is due to SI joint dysfunction. SI joint fusion surgery using the SImmetry System is designed to stabilize the dysfunctional SI joint by fusing the sacrum and the pelvic bone together.

“As a surgeon in the HealthPartners network who has experience using the SImmetry System, this positive coverage decision is a win for patients suffering from SI joint dysfunction,” said Edward Santos, M.D., a spine surgeon specializing in neck, back, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders, and minimally invasive surgery at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis. “The SImmetry System is a minimally invasive surgical solution that promotes SI joint fusion through decortication, with a growing body of clinical evidence showing improvements in pain, disability and opioid use for SI joint patients.”

“RTI is encouraged by HealthPartners’ decision, which expands access to the SImmetry System for patients with SI joint pain or dysfunction,” said Camille Farhat, President and CEO, RTI Surgical. “The SImmetry System is supported by a growing body of evidence suggesting long-term pain relief for these patients. We are committed to advancing clinical data for the SImmetry System to aid in further payor decisions.”

Clinical Data Supporting the SImmetry System

The ongoing EVoluSIon Clinical Study is evaluating the impact of SImmetry on SI joint fusion and pain reduction in 250 patients across 23 sites. An early analysis of the first 50 patients published in December 2017 showed a 54 percent reduction in SI joint pain at six months, as well as a 55 percent reduction in opioid use.A separate CT fusion study on the SImmetry System demonstrated a 73 percent reduction in average pain over 24 months.iiClinical outcomes from 100 patients presented at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) 2018 Annual Meeting showed the SImmetry System provided a 56 percent reduction in patient-reported pain, and a statistically significant reduction in the use of opioids and other pain medications at six months.iii

For more information on the policy, visit the HealthPartners website.

About RTI Surgical, Inc.

RTI Surgical is a leading global surgical implant company providing surgeons with safe biologic, metal and synthetic implants. Committed to delivering a higher standard, RTI’s implants are used in sports medicine, general surgery, spine, orthopedic and trauma procedures and are distributed in nearly 50 countries. RTI has four manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe. RTI is accredited in the U.S. by the American Association of Tissue Banks and is a member of AdvaMed. For more information, please visit Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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i Araghi A et al. Pain and Opioid use Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion with Decortication and Bone Grafting: The Evolusion Clinical Trial. Open Orthop J. 2017;11:1440-1448.
ii Cross W et al. Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: 2-Year Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes with a Principles-Based SIJ Fusion System. Open Orthop J. 2018 Jan 17;12:7-16.
iii Araghi A et al. Minimally invasive Sacroiliac Surgery with Decortication and Threaded Implants: Analysis of the EVoluSIon Study. Presented at ISASS 2018.


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