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Surgical Equipment: Technologies and Global Markets

  • February 2014
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  • BCC Research
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  • 364 pages


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The global market for surgical equipment reached $4.1 billion in 2012. This is expected to increase to $5 billion in 2013 and about $8.2 billion by the end of 2018, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3% for the five-year period, 2013 to 2018.

This report provides:
An overview of the global market for surgical equipment, which is undergoing significant changes with technology innovations such as surgical robotics, the introduction of powered surgical tools, and a significant focus on minimally invasive procedures.
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of CAGRs for the period of 2013 to 2018.
A breakdown of general, OB-GYN, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and other categories of surgical instruments.
Discussion of the market by supply chain, technology, geography, and by usability of equipment, such as disposable and reusable.
Examination of the competitive landscape, focusing on mergers and acquisition, partnerships and collaborations, new product launches and innovations, and other developments.


Define the global surgical equipment market and market structure for the surgical equipment market and discuss market trends.
Identify opportunities and market dynamics influencing the growth of the global surgical equipment market and its subsegments.
Quantify and estimate market revenues and compounded annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the global surgical equipment market and its segments by product, usability, supply chain and technology.
Identify the trends, gaps and opportunities in each of the micro markets.
Study factors impacting market growth in-depth and analyze trends and opportunities in major regions: North America, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world (ROW – Latin America, Middle East and Africa.).
Identify major stakeholders, product portfolios and recent developments to collect market intelligence for market players.
Track and analyze recent developments, alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and patents of the market players in the industry.


The surgical equipment market is evidencing significant changes with technological innovations such as surgical robotics, the introduction of powered surgical tools and a significant focus on minimally invasive procedures. The market is dominated by hand tools and timesaving innovations have been introduced with the adoption of powered tools. This market has been highly sensitive to the economic downturn, which has led to reduced hospital budgets; however, it is rebounding rapidly. The market has significant drivers such as an increase in lifestyle diseases and surgical procedures, increased accessibility to health care facilities, medical tourism and increased health care spending.However, the global market is complex, as its trends vary regionally.

For instance in India, medical equipment is largely an import-dependent market; however, in the case of surgical equipment, domestic manufacturers earn significant revenues through the export of surgical equipment. Product differentiation in this market is extremely limited; hence, pricing and branding remains the unique selling proposition. The market is packed with numerous participants ranging from manufacturers of forceps to power tools and robotics. Quite recently, specialty hospitals have seen appreciable growth in the developing economies focusing on intense treatments on a single therapeutic segment—for example, cardiology or ophthalmology. However, these economies are still facing basic challenges with respect to proper sterilization of surgical equipment. Such diversified complexities across regions, end users and product categories are presenting significant challenges to surgical equipment companies.


This research report presents an in-depth analysis of the surgical equipment market, including forecasted trends and sales through 2018. Key market participants, extensive product segments, supporting technologies, trends and market dynamics, competitive intelligence and regional trends are discussed in the report. The report discusses various supply chain participants such as manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and hospitals. Key trends, market estimates, significant strategies among the stakeholders, product portfolios and recent developments will be presented in detail. An in-depth patent analysis is presented in the report and focuses on the development of extensive technological trends across regions (i.e., the U.S., Europe and Japan).The report presents a market analysis and estimates for the broad range of surgical equipment across the key therapeutic segments such as cardiovascular, neurology, gynecology and urology orthopedics. It excludes supporting devices such as anesthesia systems, sterilization equipment, diagnostic systems, integrated robotic systems and implants.


The intended audience includes:
Surgical equipment manufacturers and potential entrants.
Dealers, distributors and service providers of surgical equipment and devices.
Health care and life sciences companies.
Research institutes, associations and academicians.


A top-down approach was used to estimate the market sizes of surgical equipment and their applications. The research methodology used to calculate market size also includes the following details:
Revenues of the surgical equipment market were determined through primary and secondary research, including a study of the annual reports of top market players and interviews with key opinion leaders such as industry experts, CEOs and directors.
Secondary research included a general search by keywords through paid sources such as Factiva, OneSource and other publicly available websites.
The penetration of micro markets was established through primary and secondary sources and validated through primary sources.
The forecast was based on analysis of market trends, market dynamics and price and volume analysis.
The regional split was determined by using secondary sources verified through primary sources.
The regional split was based on various parameters such as the number of players in a particular region and the extent of research activity occurring in that region, rate of incidence and prevalence of disorders, health care infrastructure and future potential (e.g., the foreseeable increase in number of manufacturing setups and the increase in the number of hospitals at various levels.).

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