Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1090.1 - Review of Interim Funded Service: Artificial Intervertebral Disc Replacement - Lumbar

Reference No.

Application NameReview of Interim Funded Service: Artificial Intervertebral Disc Replacement - Lumbar
Advisory PanelProfessor Ken Thomson
MSAC Member
Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiologist
Mr Russell McGowan
Deputy Chair
MSAC Member
Consumers' Health Forum Representative
Dr Mark Davies
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Graeme Brazenor
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Peter Wilde
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Chris Poulos
Pain and Rehabilitation Specialist)
Professor Nicola Fazzalari
PhD in the Discipline of Pathology
Professor Bryant Stokes
Dr Myron Rogers
Date Received by MSAC Secretariatn/a
Stage 1 - Eligibility25/11/2009
Stage 2 - AssessmentESC Evaluation: 17 March 2011
MSAC Appraisal: 27 - 28 April 2011
PDF version Assessment Report (PDF 1033 KB)

PDF version One Page Summary Report (PDF 20 KB)
Word version One Page Summary Report (Word 33 KB)

PDF version Public Summary Document (PDF 83 KB)
Word version Public Summary Document (Word 183 KB)
Stage 3 - Formulation of Advice to the MinisteAfter considering the strength of the available evidence in relation to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of lumbar artificial intervertebral disc replacement (lumbar AIDR), MSAC supports ongoing rather than interim public funding in line with the current Item Descriptors (Items 48691, 48692 and 48693): Lumbar artificial intervertebral total disc replacement: including removal of disc, one level, in patients with single-level intralumbar disc disease in the absence of vertebral osteoporosis and prior spinal fusion at the same lumbar level who have failed conservative therapy, with fluoroscopy
Stage 4 - Decision
Noting of MSAC advice by the Minister does not constitute a final decision in relation to the provision of public funding.
Stage 5 - Implementation-

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