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Lisa Mahan

20+ years' experience in orthopedic industry, including 12 years at J&J DePuy Orthopaedics. Competitive Intelligence Analyst and e-Marketing manager at J&J DePuy Orthopaedics.

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Beyond COVID: Joint Replacement Trends to Watch

By Lisa Mahan on 2/9/21 8:00 AM

From the global pandemic, shifts in site of care and technologies of interest, to the shift of procedures, these are some of the trends to watch in 2021

In 2020, monitoring the effects that COVID-19 had on joint replacement market quickly dominated the collective consciousness. And as we enter 2021, it is sure to remain top of mind but other trends are worth watching as well. From the shift in site-of-care to technologies of interest, SmartTRAK outlines some of the developments in the joint replacement market.

Among the many things to watch for in 2021 that are included in detail in this Market Outlook analysis article, written by Lisa Mahan, SmartTRAK's VP of Orthopedics, are:

  • Expect Early Market Stops and Starts, Ups and Downs - After the initial wave of COVID-19 in March 2020, elective surgical procedures returned in Q2 and Q320 along with market recovery. However, a rising wave of COVID cases leading into the new year precipitated another round of shutdowns in different regions across the US ...

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Fanning the Flames of Growth: Q320 Extremities Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 12/14/20 10:45 AM

Return of elective procedures in Q320 fanned the flames of Extremities growth.

The return of elective procedures, along with the opening up of the US, fanned the flames of growth in the US with the Extremities Market returning to pre-COVID growth levels in Q320. Strength in both the Upper Extremities and Foot & Ankle Market fueled the fire with US Extremities heating up with +6.6% growth, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. The US Shoulder Replacement market segment brought the heat in US Upper Extremities which grew +6.3%, while Foot & Ankle Fixation and Ankle Replacement were also up, adding fuel to the fire in the Foot & Ankle market segment.
Topics: Orthopedics
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Orchid: The Evolution of Contract Manufacturing

By Lisa Mahan on 12/11/20 2:38 PM

Orchid Orthopedic Solutions CEO Nate Folkert discusses Orchid and the changing landscape of contract manufacturing

With locations around the globe, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions has partnered with established medical device companies, start-ups and surgeon entrepreneurs. The Company, which was established in 2005, has evolved to include facilities at 13 locations worldwide offering a range of services from contract design and development through finished goods manufacturing and packaging.

Orchid CEO Nate Folkert discusses his recent transition from the device company side of the Orthopedic business to the supply side, the evolving nature of the supply side business and the changes that have come about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the following video to listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Folkert recorded live via Zoom (15:09 min). A complete transcript of the interview, with a link to download it, is also provided below.

Topics: Orthopedics
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Back on Track: Q320 Total Joints Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 12/4/20 11:39 AM

After the pandemic derailed the market in Q220, Total Joints was getting back on track in Q3

The COVID-19 pandemic derailed the Total Joints Market in Q220 with stay-at-home orders and elective procedure shutdowns. But the market seemed back on track in Q320 as elective procedural volumes increased and revenues neared pre-COVID levels. With the market chugging along, the US Total Joints Market experienced positive growth during the quarter of +2.5%, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. The Hip Market was able to quickly gain steam due to the less elective nature of the procedure compared to Knees. In Q320, the US Hip Market grew +7.6% compared to the US Knee Market which was nearing pre-COVID levels at -1.1%.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q320 Total Joints Market Recap* are:

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Extremities Mergers & Acquisitions: Climbing the Mountain

By Lisa Mahan on 11/5/20 12:25 PM

Companies turn to M&A deals to help them climb the Extremities mountain in the face of market challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic

No less than six notable acquisitions have taken place or been announced in the Extremities Market in 2020 despite the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Q220, the US Extremities Market dropped -25% with Upper Extremities down -27.3% YoY and the Foot & Ankle segment at -21.1%, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Despite this fall due to the shutdown of elective procedures in Q2 and the subsequent struggles to gain ground as patients return for surgery, these companies are climbing the mountain to gain share and build their presence in Extremities.

Topics: Orthopedics
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Two Strikes then a Whole New Ballgame: Q220 Extremities Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 9/8/20 8:24 AM

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Knees Take a Hit: Q220 Total Joints Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 9/3/20 9:30 AM

The full force of elective procedure shutdowns blasted away at the Total Joints Market in Q220, but Knees took the biggest hit as a higher percentage of knee replacements are considered elective.

As a result of COVID-19, elective procedure shutdowns in early Q220 blasted away at revenue results for the US Total Joints Market. When the dust settled, the US Market for Hips and Knees was down -41.9% according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. US Knees experienced the biggest hit due to its exposure from a higher percentage of elective procedures compared to Hips. US Hips did not come through unscathed but suffered less damage.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 Total Joints Market Recap* are:

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Florida Joint Venture’s Vision for Elevating Musculoskeletal Care

By Lisa Mahan on 8/31/20 9:27 AM

Ascension and HOPCo partner together to develop a creative musculoskeletal care platform that could expand across the US

The shift to value-based care in orthopedics has fueled the ongoing debate about the appropriate site-of-care for musculoskeletal conditions – ambulatory surgery center (ASC) vs hospital. However, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast (Ascension), a part of one of the US’ leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, has a broader more inclusive vision to expand musculoskeletal care in their Florida and Gulf Coast area at the highest possible quality.

Ascension’s vision led them to join forces with the Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), a company that facilitates the shift to value-based musculoskeletal care, and with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists (Southeast), the largest independent orthopedic practice in the Jacksonville area. In July, Ascension and HOPCo signed an agreement to create and develop a continuum-of-care musculoskeletal platform.

Topics: Orthopedics
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CCJR Spring 2020: Is Reverse TSA Now the Standard of Care?

By Lisa Mahan on 8/17/20 12:25 PM

While reverse TSA has grown in popularity, is it always the best option?

Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) was a hot topic during the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (CCJR) Spring 2020 meeting, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several Orthopaedic Crossfire discussions revolved around RTSA, and surgeons debated several issues, including whether RTSA should be the standard of care for glenohumeral arthritis. The reverse shoulder market segment comprised 54.6% of US Shoulder Market revenue in 2019, compared to 37.1% for anatomic shoulders, according to SmartTRAK estimates.

Topics: Orthopedics
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Covid-19 Causes Extremities Market to Pull Up Short in Q120

By Lisa Mahan on 6/15/20 9:30 AM

The Extremities Market was on track to post a strong Q120 finish but due to COVID-19 the market pulled up short

The Extremities Market was in position to post a strong finish in Q120, driven by gains in the US. But the market pulled up short due to the postponement of elective and non-urgent procedures resulting in the US Extremities Market, declining -1.9%, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Extremities Market Recap* are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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