Anterior cervical plate systems in spine surgery

Anterior cervical plate (ACP) systems are one of several types of devices used to stabilize the spine following surgery. Others may include posterior cervical plates, posterior cervical wiring, anterior cervical interbody cages or post-operative cervical braces. An ACP is a small plate that can be attached to the front of the spine. Although this is a simple procedure, it adds significant stability to the spine. Anterior plates were first developed in the 1980s, and were initially restricted to use in long or multi-level spine fusions. Now surgeons are routinely using ACPs for single-level fusions. Attaching an ACP protects the bone graft and adds additional stability, without adding much time or labor to the cervical fusion procedure itself. ACPs tend to be fairly expensive, but they also help contribute to a speedier recovery and faster return to normal activities.

Anterior cervical plate systems are virtually commodity products. The global market for these products was $923 million in 2011, and is forecast to increase with a CAGR of 3.26% to be worth over $1.2 billion by 2020.

Source: “Worldwide Spine Surgery:  Products, Technologies, Markets and Opportunities, 2010-2020.” Report #M520.

Like many device markets, the ACP market’s biggest revenue source is the USA, followed by Japan:

Source: “Worldwide Spine Surgery:  Products, Technologies, Markets and Opportunities, 2010-2020.” Report #M520.

Key competitors in this market include Aesculap Spine, Biomet, Custom Spine, DePuy, K2M, Medtronic, NuVasive, Orthofix, Stryker and Synthes.