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Staying Competitive in the Orthopedic Device Market: Q&A With Stryker Orthopaedics

Written by  Laura Miller | Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:06
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In a recent survey published by Mass Device about the most innovative companies in the market, Stryker received 29 percent of the vote in the hip market and 20 percent in the knee market. Here, a spokesperson for Stryker Orthopaedics discusses the company's success and vision of the future.


Q: How does Stryker maintain its competitive edge in the orthopedic device industry?


SO: Stryker Orthopaedics' implants are developed to address some of the leading clinical issues facing orthopedic surgeons today. For example, our X3 Advanced Bearing Technology offers significant reductions in wear, potentially enhancing implant longevity. Our ADM with X3 Mobile Bearing Hip helps to address the most common total hip-replacement post-operative complication of dislocation. Lastly, our Triathlon Knee System is designed to offer patients more natural motion and better fit to help them perform life's daily activities and provide the potential for greater implant longevity. 

Q: How does the company stay at the cutting-edge of technological development in knee and hip devices?

SO: Stryker is committed to meaningful and value-based innovation that will improve clinical outcomes. The company invests significantly in the research and development of advanced medical devices.

Q: What about the ADM Mobile Bearing Hip Technology brings it to the forefront of the market?


SO: Stryker Orthopaedics' ADM X3 Mobile Bearing Acetabular System offers a new solution to help address the most common complication in total hip replacement — dislocation. While conventional designs focus on the use of metal-on-metal large head technologies to increase stability and address dislocation, recent studies suggest that metal-on-metal articulation may bring added risks. Combining an evolution in design with the only anatomic dual mobility acetabular system and its patented X3 Advanced Bearing Technology; Stryker Orthopaedics' Mobile Bearing Hip addresses dislocation without the risks associated with metal-on-metal articulation.

Q: What is Stryker doing to maintain excellence in research and development for the knee market?

SO: We strive to drive the knee lifecycle through innovation and training, instrument design, better tools to implant, along with designs and materials of the implant itself.

Q: How has modern innovation impacted the orthopedic device industry and where do you see it going from here?


SO: Over the past few decades, medical device makers collaborating with orthopedic surgeons have developed significant advancements in technology in order to address a variety of clinical issues. The industry will continue to invest in researching and developing advanced medical devices with improve clinical outcomes. The focus will be on implant bearing surfaces, increasing longevity, enhanced fit and customization.

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