Release date: 2010-06-14

Operations on Younger Patients to Drive Uptake of Orthopaedic Implants in West Africa Finds Frost & Sullivan

(PRZOOM - Press & Newswire) —  Cape Town, South Africa, 2010-06-14 - The markets for orthopaedic implants in Nigeria and Ghana are characterised by an increasing number of operations performed on younger patients


Trauma and long term complications from sickle cell disease are the leading causes of orthopaedic surgery in younger patients.

"The symptoms of sickle cell disease often manifest at a later stage, by which time, the disease would have destroyed the head of the femur," states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ishe Zingoni. "This creates the need for a hip replacement operation. Younger patients are now willing to undergo this operation due to the availability of better treatment techniques."

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Opportunities in Orthopaedic Implants Market in Key West African Countries, finds that the market earned revenues of $602 million in 2008 and estimates this to exceed $2,300 million in 2015.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an email to Patrick Cairns, Corporate Communications, at patrick.cairns[.], with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

"Better implants and improved techniques are resulting in higher device success rates and enhanced functionality," Zingoni says. "These have, in turn, instilled greater confidence in surgeons and patients, who are now increasingly opting for surgery."

Despite the technological advances now witnessed in Nigeria and Ghana, costs of joint replacement surgeries are still prohibitive for the majority of patients. The governments of these countries are trying to ease the cost burden on citizens by investing generously in equipment and the construction of new orthopaedic hospitals. They have also increased the budget allocation for state patients, in response to the lengthening waiting lists.

Both countries are in the process of implementing national health insurance schemes, although there are significant operational challenges with the schemes in their current formats. While reimbursement is still largely unavailable for orthopaedic operations, the planned expansion to cover more specialised surgical procedures is expected to drive the sales of orthopaedic implants.

The west African orthopaedic market is also battling a shortage of trained orthopaedic surgeons. This shortfall has restricted the number of operations performed and consequently, the adoption of innovative orthopaedic technologies and products.

"To increase the uptake of new technologies, manufacturers need to equip local surgeons with the necessary skills and expertise," notes Zingoni. "Along with academic institutions, manufacturers are training local surgeons in new orthopaedic technologies and offering product training."

Opportunities in Orthopaedic Implants Market in Key West African Countries is part of the Medical Devices Growth Partnership Services programme, which also includes research in the following markets: The South African Arthroplasty Market, The Nigerian Orthopaedic Implants Market and Medical Imaging Markets in Key West African Countries. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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