3 Important Things Happening in Orthopaedics Today

14 June 2016


1. Recent mergers
So far in 2016 there have been a number of mergers in the orthopaedics market. Stryker has been on a huge spending spree, most recently acquiring Stanmore implants. So far this year the orthopaedic company have bought the vertebral compression fracture portfolio from BD, Physio-control, Synergetics neuro portfolio and Sage. This is strengthening Stryker’s powerful product portfolio.

Corporate giant Zimmer Biomet have also been improving their recon portfolio after they agreed to acquire Cayenne Medical.

2.Tech and Trends
Stryker are following the likes of Arthrex and are now offering 4k monitors (think one of those Samsung 42 inch 4k crystal clear T.V’s) for sports medicine – providing a much clearer image for surgeons during keyhole surgery.

3. Robotics in Orthopaedics and Surgery
Hip and knee orthopaedic surgical robot device markets were at an estimated $84 million in 2015 and are expected to reach $4.6 billion by 2022, as next generation robotic devices, systems, and instruments are introduced to manage surgery.

The mechanical accuracy of robotics are significantly tighter than a surgeon's hand, so the impact of these products on healthcare is expected to be groundbreaking.

Further emerging technology will show similar precision to Initiative’s Da Vinci Robot. A good example of the precision is from a recent cased where a 3D prostate work with the Da Vinci system, see it here

Mako is also being used to design and promote the new Direct superior Approach (DSA) for hip surgery.

What’s the most interesting thing happening in orthopaedics and surgical for you right now? I'd love to hear your comments in the feed!

Simon Broadway, Senior Orthopaedic Consultant at Projectus Consulting