What a great 2018!  I was humbled by the many Ortho friends and colleagues who have reached out to me last year. 
2018 was a big year for the blog. Closing in on 2 million views on OrthoStreams.  Here are the MOST READ stories in 2018, really a strange mix of topics.
2018 was a crazy year for acquisitions. There were some big ones, some spine ones and some puzzling ones by Private Equity.  
The key Acquisitions in 2018  are listed by date here.





  • Look for silly money to be spent on Robotics technology as this is the new “space race” in Orthopedics [more].
  • Software products will slowly become more important than hardware products [more].
  • 3D-printed implants will be used in every procedure [more].
  • Same day procedures will expand to the more complex surgeries [more].
  • Wearables will come to all procedures for better outcomes [more].
  • Look for more acquisitions in imaging and AI.
  • VR surgical training will slowly replace traditional surgical training for all procedures [more].
  • Class III startups will become rare as the unpredictable FDA makes this area un-fundable [more]   
  • True AR surgery is still years away, but here are 3 startups to watch [more]


Tiger Recruiting had a great year injecting top talent in management roles into Orthopedics startups.  After several placements this year startup CEOs sent me some flattering testimonials





Thank you again for your support.
How can I help you in 2019?