Minor orthopedic implants include implants used in shoulder, wrist, ankle and foot joints. These implants are used to restore joint function (movement), and relieve pain.
The top 5 companies covered are Depuy Synthes, Wright Medical Group, Zimmer Biomet, Stryker and Exactech
Depuy Synthes was the largest competitor in the market.
The countries covered are USA,Germany, Canada, China, Japan, France, Australia, Russia, UK, India, Brazil and others.
The global minor orthopedic implants was valued at $1651.6 billion in 2017.
North America was the largest region in the minor orthopedic replacement implants market in 2017 with more than 60% market share. The USA was the largest country in the market in 2017, accounting for less than 54% of the market.
Following the expiry of patents for implants, around sixteen generic companies have entered the orthopedic replacement implants market in the USA, including Orthosolutions, Covenant Orthopedics, Ortho Direct USA, and Emerge Medical. These generic companies are making copies of legacy implants with proven designs and biomaterials.
Minor orthopaedic replacement implants can be broadly segmented into shoulder, wrist, elbow, and ankle and foot replacement implants.
Shoulder Replacement Implants – Shoulder joint are ball-and-socket joints comprising three bones. These bones are the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the clavicle (collarbone). The humerus head fits into the glenoid socket (part of the collar). Degenerative diseases such as arthritis cause joints to lose the cartilage covering, thereby increasing the friction between shoulder bones (humerus and glenoid socket) during movement. The articular cartilage present between these bone endings helps reduce friction during movement. In shoulder replacement surgery the humerus is replaced with metal, and the glenoid socket is replaced with plastic components. The sinovial membrane makes synovial fluid to lubricate the cartilage, which helps the bone (humerus) to move against the glenoid socket without much friction.
Foot & Ankle Replacement Implants – Ankle joints are formed from the tibia (shin bone), fibula, and trochlea of talus (ankle bone) bones. The ankle supports the vertical movement of the foot relative to the lower leg. Ankle joint replacement surgery is performed when the cartilage covering the ankle bones is worn down
Elbow Replacement Implants – The humerus bone of the upper arm, with the ulna and radius bones of the fore arm constitute the elbow joint. The humerus and ulna meet at the elbow to form a hinge which allows the arm to straighten and bend. The articular cartilage present between these bone endings helps reduce friction during movement. Due to degenerative disease like arthritis the friction between the bones increases during movement.
Wrist Replacement Implants – The wrist is a collection of multiple bones and joints. The distal ends of the radius and ulna, 8 carpal bones, and the proximal portions of the 5 metacarpal bones, constitute the wrist. Traumatic injuries or severe degenerative diseases affecting the wrist (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis with bony destruction) may require replacement of the painful wrist joint with an artificial wrist joint.