Don’t Sweat the Ortho Ups and Downs, Stryker Says

Some analysts have expressed concern about softer procedure volume trends across the orthopedic industry this year, particularly in hips and knees. But as Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo pointed out, we’ve seen this movie before.

Now that Johnson & Johnson, Zimmer Biomet, and Stryker have all reported earnings results from the most recent quarter, some analysts have pointed out that procedure volumes seem to be down across the industry, particularly for hip and knee surgeries.

While Stryker reported strong quarterly growth across its businesses and continues to train more surgeons on Mako Total Knee procedures, quarter-to-quarter variability is pretty typical in orthopedics, CEO Kevin Lobo assured analysts during the company’s earnings call.

“Let’s see how the second and third quarter play out, but this is not unusual. We had a pretty strong fourth quarter, a little bit softer first quarter. We’ve seen that movie multiple times over the past five years,” Lobo said, according to Seeking Alpha transcripts. “I still see the market as very stable from a procedural standpoint and we’re really much more focused on driving our growth through share gains.”

Katherine Owen, vice president of strategy and investor relations at Stryker, said there doesn’t seem to be any indication that the underlying demand for hip and knee reconstructive procedures has changed.

By Amanda Pedersen | MD+DI

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About Peter Coffaro 603 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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