I'm fascinated by the medical device sector. After all, it's where life and technology meet!
Why the Passion for Orthopaedic Technology?
Orthopaedic healthcare isn’t restricted to particular ages or health stats we figure we’we will somehow dodge. We will all likely rely on the expertise within orthopaedics at any age during our lifetime. Orthopaedics of course, refers to surgery involving the musculoskeletal system aka the “movement system.”
Some of the most common aliments you will need orthopaedic treatment for includes:
- Fractures and dislocations
- Torn ligaments, sprains, and strains
- Tendon injuries & pulled muscles
- Arthritis and osteoporosis
- Ruptured disks & low back pain
Orthopaedic medical devices include implants such as hip, knee & trauma fixation devices, orthobiologics & the power tools used in these surgeries. Interestingly however, developments in nonsurgical techniques are growing fast much to the delight of patients across the globe.
Medical Device Industry Gossip.
Zimmer have finally completed their $14 billion merger with Biomet creating the new aptly named major player in orthopaedics, Zimmer Biomet. The global orthopaedic market is estimated at $45 billion. This merger means Zimmer Biomet will have a broadened product portfolio with huge market share.
This market domination meant Zimmer Biomet had to sell products to Lima Corp to prevent a monopoly on products. Great news for Lima, this should enable the company to enjoy steep growth in the UK if they are successfully able to consolidate these new products.
Our Senior Orthopaedic Consultant Simon Broadway recently sat in on orthopaedic surgery in action! He shares his experience below.
“ I head up the Orthopaedic Division at Projectus Consulting. I’ve got a degree in sports science & always had an interest in Orthopaedics & the body.
I recently organised a day’s shadowing with an Orthopaedic Territory Sales Manager. I got the exciting opportunity to scrub up and watch a total knee replacement surgery in action! It was an amazing experience from the phenomenal use of med-tech, to the gore & human surgical precision.
Seeing how much the surgeon/scrub nurse relies on the procedure & product knowledge of the territory manager, really expanded my understanding of how to recruit intelligently within the orthopaedic arena.
As well, having a full day in theatre has given me a better comprehensive understanding of theatre experience.
Here are a few emerging orthopaedic technologies to look out for:
- Arthrex 4K System producing ultra-clear imaging equipment
- Conformis 3D printed custom knee implants
- Primia Spines TOP’s Lumbar Spinal fusion; allowing natural spine movement
Finally, you may also be interested in 5 of the UK’s most renowned orthopaedic surgeons:
Peter James, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospital
David Beverland, MD FRCS, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Robin Allum, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough
Tim Wilton, FRCS, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby United Kingdom.
Robin Allum, Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Slough, Berkshire, private hospital specialist.
Chris Dodd, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre & Oxford Orthopaedic Group Oxford Clinic, Oxford UK
If you’d like to know more about opportunities within orthopaedics’ get in touch with Simon on 0203 8000 507.
Orthopaedics is an incredible topic & there is so much to discuss. I'll continue discussions & updates on the orthopaedic arena through-out the year but in the meantime...
Do you have anything to add? Perhaps Incredible stories of Orthopaedic healthcare in action? As always, we'd love to hear from you!
Founder & Managing Director, Projectus Consulting.