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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 ...

Read the entire Q422 Ortho Enabling Tech Market Recap, including SmartTRAK's expert analysis, news, data, charts, revenues and shares.*

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New Products, Strong Growth & Continuing Strength: Q422 Extremities Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 4/24/23 10:02 AM

Strong growth across market segments and new products coming to market signal continuing Extremities Market strength

SmartTRAK reports that the Q422 WW Extremities Market, WW Upper Extremities Market, WW Foot & Ankle Market, US Extremities Market, US Upper Extremities Market and the US Foot & Ankle Market were all up between +4.5% and +9.0% YoY.

Among the many topics covered in detail in SmartTRAK's comprehensive Q422 Extremities Market Recap* are:

  • Complete Q422 Extremities Market Overview and Highlights
  • SmartTRAK's Expert Market Analysis and Insights
  • All Company News, Revenues, Data, Charts and Shares
  • New Shoulder Products Driving Growth with More Tech Updates Coming
  • Ankle Market Poised for Expansion with Next-Generation Implants and Technology
  • Renewed Manufacturer Focus along with New Product Intros Fuel Upper Extremities Fixation
  • Foot & Ankle Fixation Propelled by New Product Introductions
  • Q422 Regulatory Highlights
    • Fixation
    • Shoulder Replacement
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Ankle Replacement
    • Toe Replacement
Read the entire Q422 Extremities Market Recap, including SmartTRAK's expert analysis, news, data, charts, company revenues and shares.*

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AAOS 2023: Total Joint Viewpoint

By Lisa Mahan on 3/27/23 11:00 AM

AAOS approaches “Next to Normal” as surgeons and industry focus on solutions to meet the needs of patients returning to joint replacement

If an ad agency had branded the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2023 Annual Meeting this year, the tagline would have read “Getting back to normal.” Surgeons toured the exhibit hall throughout the day not just during dedicated hours. The meeting felt as if it had come back to life with industry symposiums and conference presentations often seeing standing-room-only crowds when a few years ago even the exhibit floor felt like a ghost town. And while some of the large orthopedic companies slightly scaled down their booth space, several mid-tier and small market players increased their presence at the meeting in an attempt to pique surgeon interest. So what was the buzz at AAOS 2023 related to hip and knee replacement? In this article, SmartTRAK outlines some of the key takeaways, including: 
  • Procedure Recovery May Signal Return of Deferred Procedures
    • Both clinicians and company representatives at the meeting revealed to SmartTRAK that they are seeing increased hip and knee procedure volumes heading into 2023. The overall consensus was ...

  • The Move to Outpatient Joint Replacement Continues.
    • Data presented at AAOS 2023 continues to support the move of joint replacement surgeries to an outpatient setting. A study focusing on patient satisfaction after outpatient joint replacement in an academic medical center reported ...

  • Cementless Knee Trend Growing Despite Mixed Results
    • Clinical evidence presented at AAOS showed mixed results for cementless total knees with some studies reporting excellent outcomes and others identifying increased risks associated with ...

  • Assistive Technologies Growing and Evolving
    • Assistive technology presentations and booth exhibits seemed to generate the most interest at AAOS 2023. Elise Wolf, SmartTRAK’s assistive technologies expert, noted the most innovative products and ...

To download and read the complete "AAOS 2023: Total Joint Viewpoint" article by SmartTRAK's Lisa Mahan,  VP Product Development & IT, Sr. Analyst TJ&E, just click the button below. Download the AAOS 2023 Article

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Strong Revenue Growth: Q422 Total Joints Market Highlights

By Lisa Mahan on 3/24/23 9:42 AM

Procedure recovery above Q4 seasonality, new products and assistive tech push strong revenue growth

  For Q422, the US Hip Replacement Market grew +8.4% according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard . Newer products, implant pull-through from assistive technologies and procedure recovery continued to positively impact growth. Nearly all companies in our reporting universe cited procedure recovery as a growth driver.
The US Knee Replacement Market grew +9.3% in Q422, driven in part by knee procedure recovery. Recovery appeared to be above that of the typical year-end seasonality of patients trying to fit in surgery before insurance deductibles reset. SmartTRAK has heard rumblings that the growth seen in Q4 may be a sign that ...

To read more about the strong revenue growth in the Total Joints Market, including Procedure Recovery, New Products and Assistive Technologies Driving Growth in the Hip Market and Cementless Knees and Enabling Tech Expanding the Knee Market, just click the link below.

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What Lies Ahead For Orthobiologics in 2023 and Beyond

By Kim French on 3/6/23 9:30 AM

Market Dynamics, Industry Moves and Technology Advancements 

In 2022, the Orthobiologics Market encountered both ups and downs. Though companies are still reporting year-end results, SmartTRAK feels the Orthobiologics Market finished on a high note. The 2022 challenges, such as staffing shortages at healthcare facilities, supply chain constraints and inflation, may cause headwind in 2023, stifling some growth.

Nevertheless, SmartTRAK anticipates the potential downsides will be offset by elective procedures returning to pre-COVID levels, along with progressive, transitional initiatives by select market players that have the potential to reshape certain orthobiologics segment landscapes.

Among the many topics covered in this Market Outlook article are:

  • Reshaping the Competitive Landscape
  • Shifts in the US Bone Replacement Market
  • Advancements in Osteobiologics
  • Shifts in the US Sports Medicine Market
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What's New in Orthopedics Research & Development

By Thomas Wallick on 2/27/23 11:28 AM

In recent years, there have been significant advances in orthopedic treatments, surgical techniques and rehabilitation methods that have transformed the way we approach musculoskeletal disorders.SmartTRAK continues to report daily, in real-time. on the challenges still ahead, covering all aspects of the Orthopedic market: Extremities, OrthoBio, Spine, Computer Assisted Surgery, Total Joints, Trauma, Soft Tissue Fixation and EU Extremities and Trauma.

SmartTRAK features curated content by our team of industry experts, bringing the most relevant information and insight directly to you in real-time. Learn about the latest news, emerging technologies or start-ups to watch, conference happenings and more via articles, videos and interviews and Be The Expert.

The following is just a small sampling of recent Orthopedic updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted daily by our SmartTRAK analysts.

New Products:

  • NuVasive*

    NUVA spoke about its upcoming product launches, including an expandable Lateral called MOD-EX XLIF and extended blade-fixation options for Modulus ALIF, and predicted that both will support the continued interest in NUVA. NUVA Q422 Earnings Transcripton Seeking Alpha

  • GMED mgmt stated the ortho robot will launch w/ a knee application first w/ other applications to follow, noting it is unlikely that gap-filling joint implant systems would be launched prior to the knee application for robotics. GMED Q422 Earnings Transcript on Seeking Alpha

  • CurvaFix announced a it will launch the 7.5 mm CurvaFix IM Implant, which received FDA clearance in Oct 2022, at this year’s AAOS annual meeting in Las Vegas. BusinessWire


  • SeaSpine*

    7D Surgical was granted US Patent “Systems And Methods For Intraoperative Spinal Level Verification” disclosing the use of segmented surface data from volumetic pt image data compared w/ intra-op surface data to verify spine levels w/o x-rays. 11564752

  • Method for Treating Joint Pain  

    US Patent "Method for treating joint pain" was granted relating to treating joint pain by inserting a bone dowel and BMA into the subchondral of a bone and introducing BMA into the intra-articular space of the joint being treated. 11583402

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Total Joints Trends Heading Into 2023

By Lisa Mahan on 2/27/23 9:00 AM

SmartTRAK examines conditions lowering the flame for Total Joints

Procedural growth strengthened in 2022 giving rise to the hope that a backlog of patients created by the COVID pandemic would return to surgery, stoking the fires of Total Joint Market recovery. However, external market forces appear to be setting the market to simmer in 2023 while other forces influence the recipe for success for market players.
An analyst from JP Morgan has  drawn  parallels between the current behavior of the US stock and bond markets and the conditions leading up to the 1969 recession, according to a recent  Forbes  article. Interest rate hikes and high inflation have increased the likelihood that the US economy will face a recession in 2023. But what does that mean for the Total Joints Market?

Among the many topics covered in detail in this comprehensive article are:

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2023 Extremities Trends to Watch

By Lisa Mahan on 2/21/23 12:17 PM

SmartTRAK highlights trends affecting the US Extremities Market in 2023

The Extremities Market continues to be a hotbed of activity heading into 2023. SmartTRAK highlights trends that will continue to affect the US Market for Extremities in 2023, including CMS reimbursement obstacles, new product introductions and potential mergers and acquisitions.

Among the many topics covered in detail in this comprehensive article are:

  • SmartTRAK's Expert Market Analysis and Insights
  • Outpatient Shoulder Replacement Growing Despite Lack of CMS Reimbursement
  • New Shoulders May Heat Up Competition
  • New Ankle Products and Technologies May Boost Growth
  • New Products, DTC and Potential M&As Heat Up Extremities Fixation
  • M&As on the Horizon

To download and read the complete "2023 Extremities Trends to Watch" article, just click the button below.Download the Extremities Trends Article

The countdown to AAOS 2023 on March 7-11 in Las Vegas has begun and the SmartTRAK team will be attending...see you there!

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Current Trends in Sports Medicine

By Andy Knapik on 2/2/23 10:20 AM

Dr. Scott Sigman, founder and chief medical officer of OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers and host of the Ortho Show podcast, discusses current trends in arthroscopic sports medicine and orthopedic care in an in-depth interview with SmartTRAK.

In an interview with SmartTRAK, Scott Sigman, MD discusses many trends in arthroscopic technologies and soft tissue fixation including advancements in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair with the BEAR Implant, graft selection in ACL reconstruction, the Stryker InSpace Balloon for massive rotator cuff tears, advancements in Latarjet, needle arthroscopy and more. Dr. Sigman is the chief medical officer and founder of OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers and the host of the Ortho Show podcast. 

To find out more about Dr. Sigman’s insights on sports medicine and arthroscopy, click on the following video to watch Andy Knapik, SmartTRAK's Sr. Analyst, Soft Tissue Fixation and Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies, interview Dr. Sigman (49:55 min). A complete transcript of the interview is available here. For more details, interview topics by timecode are provided below.

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