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Year in Review

Arthroscopy/Soft Tissue Repair Market Exceeds $4.5 Billion

The arthroscopy and soft tissue repair market topped an estimated $4.5 billion in 2013, an increase of seven percent from 2012. The market is expected to experience high single-digit growth in each of the next five years, remaining among the healthier segments in the orthopaedic industry.

Tools used in this market segment comprise arthroscopes to access practically every joint, cameras/visualization systems, fluid management systems, powered shavers and drills, handheld instrument and radiofrequency systems, as well as soft tissue repair devices such as screws, anchors and tacks. Exhibit 1 displays historical estimated arthroscopy and soft tissue repair product sales worldwide from 2008.


Exhibit 1
Estimated Worldwide Sales: 2008 to 2013 ($MIllions)

Exhibit 2
Estimated Worldwide Sales Growth Trajectory: 2012 to 2018 ($Millions)


A variety of demographic and technological influences, including an increase in the incidence of sports injuries (from professional athletes down to weekend warriors), arthritis damage from an aging population, growing obesity rates, surgeon acceptance, positive clinical data and low barriers to reimbursement and regulatory clearance point to continued market segment growth. ORTHOWORLD estimates that the market will reach $6.5 billion by 2018.

Of the over 100 players that serve the musculoskeletal arthroscopy and soft tissue repair market, six companies dominate the segment, capturing 91 percent of the global sales in 2013.

Exhibit 3 provides estimated worldwide company market share for the top six companies in 2013: Arthrex, Smith & Nephew, DePuy Synthes, Stryker, CONMED and ArthroCare.


Exhibit 3
Estimated Worldwide Company Market Shares: Top Siz and All Others

Exhibit 4 depicts the adjusted estimated market share standings based upon the anticipated mid-2014 closing of Smith & Nephew’s $1.7 billion acquisition of ArthroCare.



Exhibit 4
Estimated Worldwide Company Market Shares: Assuming Smith & Nephew Acquisition of ArthroCare

The strength of the arthroscopy and soft tissue repair market is expected to attract new companies with novel technologies and established companies seeking to complete mergers and acquisitions, securing and enhancing their presence in the arena.


Available Now: The Arthroscopy/Soft Tissue Repair Market Report
A concise overview of the segment, offering new and notable companies, strategic activity, research highlights, product launches and ORTHOWORLD Observations.