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Four Trends to Watch in 2021: Enabling Technology in Orthopedics and Spine

4/12/21 9:31 AM

Enabling Technology HeaderCOVID-19 threw a curveball to spine and orthopedic implant companies in 2020 with the downturn in elective procedures, but one area that continued to make inroads was enabling technologies. Given increasing advances and expanding adoption of these technologies, even during uncertain times, SmartTRAK highlights some significant trends to watch in 2021, including:

1. Flexible Business Models
Companies with robots (Stryker*, MAKO*, Zimmer Biomet*, ROSA*, Smith & Nephew*, NAVIO*/CORI*, Medtronic*, Mazor X*, Globus*, Excelsius GPS) continued to grow at above-market growth in 2020. Record-breaking robotic and navigation system placements in Q3 and Q420 bode well for ...

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2. Enabling Technology Targeted to ASCs
As orthopedic and spine surgery increasingly shifts to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting, manufacturers are targeting their assistive technologies to address the size and budget constraints associated with ASCs. For example ....

3. Intraoperative Augmented Reality Becomes a Reality
While augmented-reality (AR) has been used for some time in surgical training, the summer of 2020 brought the FDA clearances and commercialization of the first intraoperative AR systems for orthopedics and spine ...

4. Smart Implants – The Next Frontier in Recon
Smart implants, particularly from implant manufacturers with patient management applications and robotics, can provide companies and providers with data spanning the entire continuum of care from ...

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Elise Wolf
Written by Elise Wolf

Elise Wolf has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Bioengineering from Northwestern University and the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, Elise designed biologically-inspired autonomous robots for the Department of Defense at K2T, a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University. She also has 15+ years of experience in the medical device industry in product development, marketing and business development in emerging medical device technologies and orthopedics prior to joining BioMedGPS. Elise has worked for BioMedGPS since 2010 as an Analyst covering Orthopedics and is currently the General Manager of SmartTRAK’s Computer-Assisted Surgery business.

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