Market Analysis: Operating tables and lights
As surgical procedures continue to become more specialized, so does the centerpiece of the operating room: the operating table. Demand for specialized operating tables made for complex procedures is the primary driver of innovation and growth in the
Thu Mar 01 2012
As surgical procedures continue to become more specialized, so does the centerpiece of the operating room: the operating table. Demand for specialized operating tables made for complex procedures is the primary driver of innovation and growth in the market for operating room equipment, according to a report by the medical market researcher GlobalData.
Specialized operating tables allow surgeons to safely perform surgeries that require specific patient positioning. For example, some specialized hip replacement tables come equipped with wheeled boots to hold and maneuver the patient’s legs, allowing them to be gently twisted to give the surgeon direct access to the relevant part of the hip.
Other innovations include Berchtold’s multifunction spine system attachment for surgical tables, which provides extra versatility by offering prone, lateral and supine positioning. It also provides improved eye and airway visibility and unrestricted C-arm access. STERIS has launched a range of three improved general operating tables that slide, rotate and transport patients with a single caregiver throughout the perioperative area. TRUMPF has released a modular-design operating table with up to three motorized joint pairs, which make it possible to use remote controls to precisely and remotely position the patient.
The total world operating room equipment market was valued at $770.6 million in 2010 and is forecast to grow 3.6 percent per year to reach $989.6 million in 2017, according to GlobalData’s “Operating Room Equipment - Global Opportunity Assessment, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecasts to 2017.” The market researcher predicts an increase in the number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), growth in medical tourism in emerging economies, decreasing material costs and technological innovations to drive the market.
The market for operating room equipment in the U.S. was valued at $288.8 million in 2010. GlobalData predicts annual growth of 3.9 percent – a slightly higher rate than predicted growth in the world market. According to those figures, the market will reach a value of $377.2 million in 2017, driven by an increasing demand for both specialized operating tables and hybrid operating rooms.
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