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Beyond Robotics: Enabling Tech Innovations at AAOS 2023

By Elise Wolf on 5/19/23 9:30 AM

More than just robots. Targeting enabling technologies to the ASC setting, development of novel assistive technologies, next-generation software updates, new applications and data insights abound at AAOS 2023.

In the US Markets for Spine and Orthopedic Enabling Technologies, it’s clear that companies are rapidly innovating and designing next-generation technologies that continue to advance the market well beyond the robotic surgical arms and platforms developed in the last decade. At this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Annual Meeting, enabling technology was a big focus both on the podium and the exhibit floor. The Canaccord Genuity (CG) Musculoskeletal Conference also included a number of presentations from companies with innovative enabling technologies, including Enovis, OnPoint Surgical, THINK Surgical, OrthAlign, Augmedics, Canary Medical and newcomer Caira. Additionally, several companies on the AAOS exhibit floor were showcasing new developments across surgical planning, navigation, augmented reality, robotics and smart implants. In this Perspective article, SmartTRAK focuses in on several of the aforementioned companies, exciting technologies and important topics, including:

  • These Are Not Your Father’s Robots: They're Here to Stay
  • ASC Shift Driving Smaller, More Cost-Effective Solutions
  • Dream Becoming Reality: Augmented Reality Competition Heats Up
  • More Than Just Data: Smart Implants Show Promise in Improving Post-op Recovery
  • Enabling Technology Space Continues to Grow
  • Physician Adoption

With a lot of new developments expected later this year and over the next 24-48 months, the enabling technology space continues to grow and physician adoption is ...

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Three Ortho Robotics Companies to Watch in 2023

By Shelly Caruso on 5/9/23 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK identifies three orthopedic robotics companies strategically positioned to shake things up this year in the fast-growing robotic-assisted TJA market.

SmartTRAK projects robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) will account for 48.5% of all US TKAs and 79.6% of all US robotic-assisted joint replacements by 2026E. This growth of robotic-assisted ortho procedures and ongoing adoption of enabling tech continues to drive the US ortho robotics market. In this Market Outlook Article, SmartTRAK identifies and analyzes three robotics companies that may shake things up in 2023 and beyond. They are:

  • Stryker: Racing Towards New Indications in 2023
    • On the heels of a record-breaking quarter in Q422 in terms of MAKO installations in the US and internationally, market-leader Stryker (SYK) announced in its Q422 earnings call highly-anticipated timelines for the Company’s plans to launch ...
  • THINK Surgical: Pursuing Two New Robots in 2023
    • THINK Surgical has a different approach compared to most robotics competitors. The Company focuses on providing robotic systems for joint replacement surgery, with an open implant library as an alternative to closed systems limited to a single manufacturer's implants. At the Canaccord Genuity Healthcare Conference in 2022, the Company revealed plans to ...
  • Globus Medical: Bringing Knee Enabling Tech to Market in 2023
    • Since Globus Medical (GMED) acquired Stelkast in 2019 as a foundation for expanding into the total joint market, an orthopedic robotic system from the Company has been looming on the horizon. In the last two years, GMED has been consistently submitting intellectual property applications related to ...

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A Banner Year: Q422 Ortho Enabling Tech Market Recap

By Elise Wolf on 5/4/23 9:45 AM

Q422 was a banner quarter for ortho enabling tech installations, technological advances and expanding applications on the horizon.

The Q422 WW Ortho Enabling Tech Market was down -7.2% YoY, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard . Stryker (SYK) remained the market leader with 65.1% share, followed by Smith+Nephew (SNN), Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) and DePuy Synthes (JNJ). For detailed Q422 revenues and shares by company in the US, EU and ROW, see the SmartTRAK Ortho Enabling Tech Financial Dashboard .*
Among the many topics explored in detail in this comprehensive article are:
  • Strong Robotic Performance Despite Lackluster Revenue from Changing Deal Mix
  • Expanding Robotic Applications Contribute to Growth
  • Other Orthopedic Robotics Moving Forward
  • Orthopedic Enabling Tech Making Inroads into Spine and Vice Versa
  • Navigation Highlights
  • Advances in Augmented Reality
  • Preoperative Planning Highlights

Orthopedic robotics market leader SYK reported that Q422 was a record quarter for MAKO installations, both in the US and internationally, with an unsurpassed number of MAKO installations in ASCs. In Q422, SYK saw ...

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Personalized Arthroplasty: The Future of Total Joint Surgery?

By Nick Fitzpatrick on 1/26/23 10:22 AM

SmartTRAK interviews Dr. Pascal-André Vendittoli to learn more about the Personalized Arthroplasty Society and this year’s annual meeting.

Dr. Vendittoli explains the difference between mechanical and kinematic alignment, what he looks for in total joint computer-assisted surgery systems and why he thinks personalized arthroplasty is the future of joint surgery. To find out more, listen to the SmartTRAK interview with Dr. Vendittoli in the video below (14:56 min). A link to download the transcript of the complete interview is also provided below.
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What's New in Computer-Assisted Surgery

By Thomas Wallick on 8/30/22 9:39 AM

The first half of 2022 has delivered both positive and negative developments for the Computer-Assisted Surgery industry. Supply chain issues and surges of COVID-19 infections have continued to have significant impacts on revenues. At the same time, enabling tech product launches proceed at a rapid pace, with some robotic procedures accelerating. The following is a sample of recent CAS news and developments from around the world, compiled by the expert analysts at SmartTRAK.

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  • Globus*

    GMED announced completion of the first clinical cases using Excelsius3D w/ the ExcelsiusGPS platform. The surgeries were completed at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in MD, Northwest Specialty Hospital in ID & NYU Langone Health in NY.

  • SPNE touted the Q122 limited commercial launch of FLASH Navigation Lumbar Facet Fusion, which facilitates delivery of OsteoStrand Plus DBM Fiber pellets in spine MIS procedures. It is SPNE’s first procedural solution w/ integrated 7D technology. SPNE Q122 Earnings Press Release

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Robotics Are Heating Up the Market: Q221 CAS Ortho Recap

By Elise Wolf on 11/4/21 1:21 PM

Robotics continued to help fuel growth in orthopedics in Q221 as new products and companies heat up the market and enabling technologies gain momentum across TJR.

Once again, robotics contributed to revenue growth in the orthopedics market in Q221 and competition continues to heat up with several regulatory clearances and other developments from new market entrants in the quarter. Aside from robotics, enabling technology including intra-operative augmented reality, preoperative planning and navigation reached a number of milestones in Q221 across all indications in total joint replacement.

Among the many topics, including company revenues, market shares, charts and expert analysis, covered in the comprehensive Q221 CAS Ortho Market Recap* are:

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