How robotic surgical devices could accelerate hernia repair market share to $6.6 billion by 2028
NNN: Hernia repairs are one of the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide. According to the U.S. FDA, over 1 million hernia repairs are executed each year in the U.S., of which approximately 800,000 are done to repair inguinal hernias and the rest for other types of hernias.
Hernias don’t disappear on their own and require to be treated in earnest. They typically grow larger and more painful and can even lead to death if not treated promptly. Lifting heavy objects, obesity, diarrhea, constipation, persistent coughing or sneezing are a few of the many common causes that aggravate hernia.
Speaking of lifting heavy objects, strenuous sports activities like heavy weightlifting is one of the major contributors to inguinal hernia that develops in the groin and is common in men. Apart from this, smoking, poor nutrition, and overexertion can also weaken muscles and contribute to the likelihood of a hernia.
Speculating an upward trend in hernia cases, a report from Global Market Insights estimates that the hernia repair devices market size may exceed USD 6.6 billion by 2028.
Approval of new hernia repair devices and treatment options by healthcare agencies is expected to reinforce this growth. In 2019, the FDA approved medical tech company BD’s two surgical mesh devices — OptiFix AT Absorbable Fixation System with Articulating Technology and Phasix ST Mesh with Open Positioning System — for repairing hernias.
Robotic surgeries to outpace open hernia repairs
Robotic surgery is a relatively new concept that is slowly gaining traction across the healthcare sector and is steadily replacing traditional hernias repair procedures. Robotic hernia surgery offers a myriad of advantages over open hernia repairs such as 3D images of the inside of the abdomen, less pain and smaller scars. It also delivers other benefits such as easy use of stitches to sew tissue and meshes inside the abdomen, and avoidance of large incision scars and open surgery pain.
Numerous hospitals are now offering robotic surgeries, complementing the requirement for related hernia repair devices. Citing an instance, Houston Methodist Hospital is performing minimally invasive techniques in which surgeons use robots for repairing hernias involving deep abdominal muscles. The procedure, termed as transversus abdominis release (TAR), lowers recurrence and complication rates, and enables immediate intervention in obese patients.
Use of robotic hernia surgery can also help patients in need of accurate treatment options. To support critical cases, hernia repair devices manufacturers are developing new products that are compatible with robotic procedures.
In 2019, Primequal, a leading provider of delivery systems for surgery and robotic procedures, announced that its versatile adhesive applicator kit received CE approval and can support painless mesh fixation while performing inguinal hernia surgery.
How will ambulatory surgical centers expand the scope of hernia repair devices?
Since being treated as a non‐complex operation, hernia surgery is one of the most frequently performed operations in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Faster patient flow, reduced patient stress, early mobilization, and lower overall costs have made ambulatory surgery a viable option against in‐hospital treatment.
As a result of the aforementioned factors, demand for new ASCs is expected to impel in many parts of the world. To need this demand will encourage companies in the healthcare domain to set up new ASCs. In 2021, Atlas Healthcare Partners announced the addition of new ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in Tucson, Chandler, and Northern Scottsdale, Arizona in partnership with Banner Health. Rapid addition of such centers will consequently increase the need for high-quality hernia repair devices.
Japan to emerge as a lucrative revenue pocket
Given a super aging population, the need for surgical treatment for esophageal hiatal hernias is expected to elevate in Japan. Hiatal hernia is the most common type of diaphragmatic hernia and is a relatively common among older adults in Japan.
According to a national survey conducted in Japan, hiatal hernias occur in 49.3% of patients who undergo upper endoscopies. The disease can develop in people of all ages and both sexes, although it is more frequent in men and older adults of age 50 and above. The condition is also prominent in overweight people and smokers.
The recurrence rate of primary hernia is elevating in Japan, a common occurrence after inguinal hernia repair with inadequate training in the laparoscopic method being a key contributor. According to Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery (JSES), inguinal hernia repair recurrence rate in the country increased to around 4%, compared to less than 1% in 2010.
The scope for hernia repair devices market growth is immense, with the healthcare sector looking to add new surgical techniques to improve medical outcomes. Advent of robotic procedures will trigger the demand for modern hernia repair devices that advocate lower surgical scares and painless treatments with superior accuracy. The presence of a larger elderly population base prone to hiatal hernia will transform the growth prospects of APAC hernia repair market by 2028.
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