Global laparotomy sponge market is anticipated to register substantial growth over the coming seven years owing to rising technological advancements globally. Additionally, rising incidence rate of abdominal disorders such as colon cancer and others are further expected to accentuate the market growth of laparotomy sponges over the forecast period. According to a report published by the American Cancer Society (ACS), over 96,830 cases of colon cancer are reported every year which is expected to fuel the demand for effective laparotomy devices. Moreover, increasing geriatric population base is also expected to propel the market growth for laparotomy sponges as elderly population are more prone to abdominal disorders that require laparotomy. However, factors such as adoption of minimally invasive and non invasive surgeries performed with minimal or no incision in the body may pose hindrance to the growth of laparotomy sponge market over the forecast period.
The global laparotomy sponge market are categorized on the basis of types and medical procedures. On the basis of types, the market is segmented into sterile laparotomy sponges and non sterile laparotomy sponges. Sterile laparotomy sponges involve saline or sterilized water for cleaning purposes to avoid introduction of pathogens into the patient’s body. On the other hand, non sterile laparotomy sponges do not employ sterilized water for cleaning purposes. Sterile laparotomy sponge market segment is expected to gain market share owing to the advantages associated such as safety from pathogens and easy availability. On the basis of medical procedures, the market is divided into pre washed laparotomy sponges and non washed laparotomy sponges. Pre washed laparotomy sponges does not involve washing after surgical use as they are disposable. On the other hand, non washed laparotomy sponge requires a sterilized or non sterilized wash after the surgical procedures. They are not disposable and could be used again after washing. The pre washed laparotomy sponge market segment is anticipated to account for largest share of laparotomy sponges market due to extensive utilization while performing laparotomy surgeries.
Geographically, the laparotomy sponge market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and MEA. North America held the largest market share owing to rising prevalence of various abdominal disorders such as colon cancer, favourable government policies and increasing usage of technologically advanced laparotomy procedures in 2014. European nations are also expected to witness lucrative market growth over the coming seven years due to rising geriatric population base suffering from abdominal disorders that require laparotomy. Increasing personal disposable income, availability of technically advanced process and growing healthcare investments are expected to result in the fastest growth of laparotomy sponges market in Asia Pacific region. Similarly, Latin America region is anticipated to register rapid growth over the forecast period due to rising awareness among people about the laparotomy procedures and increasing assistance of healthcare infrastructure in this region.
The key players operating in laparotomy sponge market are Medline Industries Inc., Medical Action Industries Inc., Derma Sciences Inc., Smith and Nephew, SurgiCount Medical, Guangda Textile, Premier Enterprises, Actimed and Kendall Healthcare. The companies are adopting innovative marketing strategic measures such as R&D operations, mergers & acquisitions and new product development to increase their market penetration. For example, Medical Action Industries Inc. manufactures X-ray detectable laparotomy sponges with high quality and reliability incorporating advanced and modern systems employing highly skilled professionals working together to provide sterile as well as non sterile laparotomy sponges. SurgiCount Medical launched The SAFE-T Lapsponge in 2013, which is a simple and innovative product designed to assist users of the Safety SpongeSystem with an added layer of safety and improved ease of use. The sponge is clinically proven to help decrease occurrence of miscounted and misplaced sponges and eliminate retained surgical sponges. The market for laparotomy sponges is further expected to grow as the market vendors strive to increase their promotional activities and online marketing to gain market share.
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