General Report Contents
- Market Analyses include: Unit Sales, ASPs, Market Value & Growth Trends
- Market Drivers & Limiters for each chapter segment
- Competitive Analysis for each chapter segment
- Section on recent mergers & acquisitions
The hand instrument market is divided into reusable, disposable, reposable and articulating segments. Reposable instruments consist of a reusable handle and disposable tip; they offer a cost-effective solution to maintain both the hygiene and the performance standards of the instrument during surgery while accommodating healthcare budgets. The majority of reposable instruments are scissors. Disposable hand instruments are also often scissors. Reusable hand instruments consist mostly of dissectors and graspers, as they lack components like blades that tend to wear out quickly. There are reusable scissors, but for the most part they are not favored due to how they must be sharpened before a procedure, which adds time to the preparation of procedures.
Disposable and reposable scissors are preferred by surgeons because they ensure that the incision quality is not compromised by a dulled blade. Disposable instruments generate the highest per-procedure revenue, as a device is used in only one procedure and then discarded. The cost of these single-use instruments accumulates over time, which can burden capital budgets. Reusable instruments generate the lowest revenue per-procedure, as they are used for multiple surgeries before replacement. The number of uses per hand instrument varies greatly, and depends on both the sterilization facilities available at the hospital, and the surgeon’s discretion. Another important factor that determines how many times a reusable instrument can be used is the quality of its build. The materials used for reusable hand instruments consist of anything from lightweight plastic to more durable titanium.
Hand instruments are hand-held surgical tools commonly inserted into the patient’s body through access devices. They are usually 5 mm to 10 mm in diameter, and can be purchased in sizes as small as 2.3 mm. For the purpose of this report, only hand instruments above 3.5 mm in diameter will be discussed in this chapter. This chapter will cover only the most commonly used hand instruments, which include scissors, graspers and dissectors.