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There is a growing trend towards minimally invasive orthopaedic surgeries in Europe. One of the best examples of this is the increasing acceptance of stemless shoulder implants. However, this trend follows different patterns across various European countries.

As reported by iData Research, the European small joint device market was valued at €520.8 million in 2017. Included in this total market value are the markets for shoulder reconstruction devices, elbow repair devices, hand and wrist devices and foot and ankle devices.

The trend toward stemless shoulder implants introduces an opportunity for manufacturers to enter the market in countries that are in the early stages of adoption. The use of stemless implants is more prominent in countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK. Conversely, in Italy and Portugal, the adoption of stemless implants is still in the early stages, where surgeons have just begun considering stemless implants for use in shoulder arthroplasty.

While both total shoulder and hemi shoulder implants can be characterised by the shift from stemmed to stemless device designs, the overall trends in these markets are very different. The total shoulder market is expected to continue growing, while the number of hemi shoulder procedures is declining across Europe. This decline is largely associated with unfavourable hemi procedure results and the uptake in reversed implants.

Reversed shoulder implant market is the fastest growing in Europe

The reversed shoulder implant market is one of the most promising segments of the European orthopaedics market. It is forecast by iData Research to be the fastest growing in the shoulder arthroplasty market, which itself is the fastest growing segment of the total extremities market in Europe. Reversed shoulder technology was developed in Europe in the 1980s and is primarily used for patients that would not otherwise benefit from conventional total joint implants. Total shoulder implant procedures were historically the most popular method for shoulder reconstruction in Europe, but has since been surpassed by reversed shoulder implants.

This article was originally published on OPNews, to continue reading please visit http://www.opnews.com/2018/09/growing-european-shoulder-implant-market-experiences-a-shift-in-technology/14815.

For Further Information

More on the small bone and joint orthopedic devices market in Europe can be found in a series of reports published by iData entitled the Europe Market Report Suite for Small Bone and Joint Orthopedic Devices. This report covers the following market segments: shoulder reconstruction devices, elbow repair devices, hand & wrist devices, foot & ankle devices, plate & screw devices, staple fixation devices and external fixation devices.

The iData series on the market for small bone and joint orthopedic devices covers the U.S., India, Japan, and China. Reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment. To find out more about small bone and joint orthopedic devices market data or procedure data, register online or email us at [email protected] for a Europe Market Report Suite for Small Bone and Joint Orthopedic Devices brochure and synopsis.