What are the remaining “Unmet Clinical Needs” in Orthopedics? |

What are the remaining “Unmet Clinical Needs” in Orthopedics?

I am publicly compiling a list of unmet clinical needs in orthopedics. No agenda. Just trying to help to advance orthopedics. This list is for everyone.

Email me your suggestion: tiger@tigerbuford.com

Early answers are coming in. Thank you to the OrthoStreams community. In no particular order…

#1 – Non-permanent implants for trauma and extremities. (Ossio is working on this).

#2 – Joint replacements that never need revisions. Bearing never wears out. Biointegrates forever with bone. (there are ~300,000 joint revisions performed in the US each year).

#3 – An ankle replacement that actually works.

#4 – 4-part humeral fracture in fragility patients. (toughest trauma problem. Patients are never happy. Surgeons are never happy with results.)

#5 – Meniscus repair that lasts. (Active Implants is working on a total meniscus replacement).

#6 – Cartilage repair that lasts forever.

#7 – Extend the life of a specific growth plate in a child.

#8 – Early detection and reversal of osteoporosis. (OsteoApp is doing the first part of this).

#9 – Closing large annular defects following lumbar discectomy to prevent re-herniation while enabling surgeons to preserve the disc (Intrinsic Therapeutics has brought a solution).

#10 – Modularity in ALIF cage design to allow for uncoupled height and lordosis as well as coronal correction. (Axis Spine is bringing this solution to the US market).

#11 – OA disease progression

#12 – Rotator cuff tears, especially full repair of massive tears

#13 – Lower the 25% death rate within one year of elderly hip fractures

#14 – ???

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