The rising prevalence of orthopaedic conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis along with increased number of road accidents have increased the demand for orthopaedic devices. These devices are used for treating and preventing musculoskeletal problems associated with bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles usually caused by injuries or deformities. Some of the examples of orthopaedic devices are artificial disc replacement device, hernia repair device, vertebroplasty devices and orthopaedic braces.
Orthopaedic devices are classified into three segments: Joint implants, internal fixation and external fixation devices. Internal fixators include screws, plates, wires, pins, rods, nails and spinal fixation devices. Fracture fixation and bone lengthening devices are the examples of external fixators. On the basis of the types, internal fixators hold the largest market segment.
Orthopaedic devices are made up of various biomaterials such as metals, polymers and ceramics. Titanium, Cobalt Chromium and stainless steel alloys are mostly used metals in orthopaedic devices because of their strength and corrosion resistance features. The most common polymers used are polymethylmethacrylate (bone cement or PMMA) and Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), while alumina and zirconia ceramics are widely used ceramics in orthopaedic devices. Hip replacement market is shifting towards usage of hybrid and cementless devices such as ceramic on HCPE and ceramic on ceramic bearing hip replacements.
The introduction of bioabsorbable or resorbable implants is contributing to the growth of orthopaedic device market, due to their various advantages over conventional devices. The biggest advantage being the ability to get completely absorbed which removes the need for removal of the implanted material. The other advantages include reduced chances of infection and non-interference with clinical imaging. Bioabsorbable are majorly used in fracture fixation as well as foot and ankle injuries.
Toxicity, infection, hypersensitivity and carcinogenicity are some of the risks involved with orthopaedic implants.
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