Despite continued economic challenges, the U.S. market for small joint implants and extremities' hardware will experience healthy growth through 2017. Regional markets, such as the U.S., Europe, Asia-Pacific (AP) and the Rest-of-the-World (ROW) will be distinguished by the prevalence of conditions that contribute to small joint disease, the availability of different products, and factors influencing the provision of healthcare. In the U.S., growth will be influenced by the continued adoption of products that, until recently, had only been available overseas; preference for motion-preserving technologies over fusion; and challenges with respect to reimbursement and coverage. In Europe, where aging populations will contribute to the demand for small joint implants, cost-containment efforts will influence prices and product purchases. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere in the world are characterized by differences with respect to disease prevalence, demographics, and processes for reimbursement, regulatory approval, and product distribution.
This report examines the market for hardware products used to repair fractures of the extremities as well as joint replacement products for the shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, ankle and foot, and provides a detailed analysis of the clinical and economic factors driving regional markets.