Total Ankle Replacement Market Landscape

Total ankle replacement (TAR) is a procedure that has rapidly gained favor among surgeons over the past few years as the treatment of choice for end-stage arthritis, providing a functional range of motion, and better performance of daily life functions.1 In the past, the gold standard was arthrodesis, but when the joint is removed and the bones are fused together… the ankle is rendered immobile, which, in turn, overloads the neighboring joints, resulting in secondary degenerative disease.2 A better solution is needed, and that is TAR.

Due to recent product improvements, such as three-part mobile bearing uncemented TAR devices, untapped markets, and an aging population, TAR procedures are expected to vastly increase worldwide.3 Globally, in markets outside of the United States, the Total Ankle Replacement market is robust, with the Hintermann Series H3™ Ankle (formerly known as HINTEGRA TAR prosthesis) steadily gaining penetration and market share due to its published success rate. This device has been used in Europe since 2000 and in Canada and Korea since 2004.

The future in ankle replacement is directly dependent upon the delivery of high quality ankle implants and the necessary training needed for surgeons. DT MedTech will satisfy all of these elements.

1. Barg A, Saltzman C, Hintermann B. “Total ankle replacement (TAR).” Orthopaedia –Collaborative Orthopaedic Knowledgebase. Last modified July 9, 2012. Orthopaedic.NET. Accessed Sept 9, 2012 <http://www.orthopaedia.net/x/3oKdAQ&gt;.

2. “Ankle replacement rapidly on the rise.” American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. March 2, 2012. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Accessed Sept 14, 2012 <http://www.acfas.org/Media/Content.aspx?id=2971&gt;.

3. Viscogliosi AG. “The next big thing: opportunities and innovations in total ankle arthroplasty.” OrthoTec. January 1, 2011. Accessed Feb 15, 2017. <http://www.mddionline.com/article/next-big-thing-opportunities-and-innovations-total-ankle-arthroplasty>.