Based on their functions, surgical equipment are categorised into different types such as sutures, staples, handheld instruments and electrosurgical devices. Handheld instruments are further classified into scalpels, retractors, forceps and scissors. While sutures and staples currently hold the largest market share, demand for electrosurgical devices is growing fast due to rising demand for minimally invasive surgeries. Electrosurgical devices provides several benefits such as minimal blood loss, minimal trauma and pain, small scars, reduction of collateral tissue damage and faster recovery. These devices are pushing the trends for the usage of robotic and computer-assisted equipment.
Increasing demand for cost-effective devices and concerns regarding infection control has led to a shift towards disposable surgical equipment. Usage of disposable equipment not only eliminates the need to maintain expensive reusable devices but also minimizes the risk of cross-contamination. However, a choice between reusable and disposable device is decided on the factors such as efficacy, safety and cost.
Vascular equipment or vascular closure devices (VCD) are used for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. They also help in endovascular imaging in order to detect coronary artery diseases. VCDs are segmented into two types, active and passive. Some of the active VCDs are clips, mynx, polyglycolic acid devices and exoseal, whereas chito seal, closur pad, femostop system and clamp ease are the examples of passive VCDs.
Increasing catheterization and endovascular procedures, faster haemostatic properties and ease of use of VCDs are expected to fuel the market growth. However, high cost and complications associated are affecting the market negatively.
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