The global abdominal pads market size was valued at USD 967.9 million in 2022 and is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% from 2023 to 2030. The abdominal pad is used as a secondary dressing over a primary dressing such as alginate or hydro fiber and it is made up of highly absorbent material to absorb excess fluid. The market for abdominal pads is anticipated to be majorly driven by the rising cases of burn injuries and the surge in the prevalence of chronic wounds. Moreover, the rise in the number of surgical procedures is further expected to fuel market growth.
The COVID-19 outbreak had a negative impact on the abdominal pads market. Many countries made a mandate to postpone all non-emergency surgical treatment to free up personnel and resources for patients affected by the virus as the healthcare systems globally struggled to cope with the first wave of COVID-19. This led to a reduction in hospital visits, as well as the termination of a significant number of elective surgeries. In 2021, approximately 10 million of the population in the U.K. was waiting for surgical treatments; which was up from 4 million prior to the pandemic.
Furthermore, as per the article published by the JAMA Network, in the U.S. more than 13 million surgical procedures were performed from the 1st of January 2019 to the 30th of January 2021, there was a 48% decline in overall surgical procedures, following March 2020 recommendation to postpone elective surgeries. However, the market regained its pace in 2022, owing to the surge in the number of surgical procedures and the rise in the number of wound care treatments.
Burns continue to be one of the most prevalent types of injuries, making up a significant number of trauma cases for hospital emergency globally, marked a decline in their frequency. Burns also continue to cause high mortality rates and morbidity. According to an article titled, “The Global Macroeconomic Burden of Burn Injuries” published in PRS Journal in October 2021, over nine million people suffer from thermal injuries annually across the world. Among those injured, 90% of mortality occurs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Nearly half of these fatalities take place in the South-East Asian regions with the majority occurring in low and middle-income nations. In India, seven million individuals experience burn injuries annually, resulting in 1.4 lakh fatalities and 2.4 lakh disabled people. Thus, the rising prevalence of burn injuries is fueling the abdominal pads market growth.
Increasing number of surgeries is also one of the major factors driving the abdominal pads market growth. The number of surgeries is increasing due to the rising prevalence of chronic conditions. Abdominal pads, thus, are increasingly being used for most surgical wounds, post cancer surgery, and are relatively large and deep, releasing exudates that require regular management. These pads help manage large wounds, thereby significantly reducing the risk of infection.
Surgical procedures contribute to the treatment of a variety of conditions and decrease suffering in patients. It is necessary for all ages from young children with congenital abnormalities to the elderly. According to the data, there are about 310 million major procedures performed each year worldwide, with about 40 to 50 million taking place in the U.S. and 20 million in Europe. Thus, the rising incidences of surgeries is expected to boost demand for abdominal pads, thus propelling the market growth.
Increasing incidences of accidents such as road accidents and trauma events across the globe is anticipated to drive the market growth. For instance, as per the Association for Safe International Road Travel, approximately, 1.35 million people die every year in a road crash, whereas on average 3,700 people lose their life every day on the road. Thus, the rising number of accidents is expected to boost the demand for abdominal pads, which is expected to lead to considerable market growth during the forecast period.
The sterile segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 62.1% in 2022 and is expected to continue its dominance with the fastest growth rate of 6.3% throughout the forecast period. The open wounds need sterile wound dressings to prevent bacterial infection. Sterile abdominal pads are multi-layered and highly absorbent pads that provide the overall wound care solution and help in preventing infection. These layers consist of soft upper layer that keeps fluid away from the wound, second layer of fluff filler that absorbs and separates fluid throughout the entire pad, and third layer of water-proof moisture barrier to slow down fluid strike-through.
The chronic wounds segment dominated the abdominal pads market and held the largest revenue share of 32.6% in 2022. Chronic wounds are those that do not heal promptly through all the stages of the healing process. They are majorly classified as diabetic ulcers, vascular ulcers, and pressure ulcers. The common reasons for each of these wounds include excessive and prolonged inflammation, development of drug-resistant microbial biofilms, persistent infections, and the inability of dermal cells to act in response to reparative stimuli.
The surgical wounds segment is estimated to witness the fastest CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period. A surgical wound is usually a cut or incision in the skin which occurs during a surgical procedure and is often created with a scalpel. The National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) system ranked surgical site infections (SSIs) third among all reported instances of inpatient nosocomial infections. Furthermore, SSIs comprised up to 16.0% of all admitted patients' nosocomial infections and 38.0% of all surgical patients' nosocomial infections. The increasing number of surgeries globally is anticipated to drive the growth of the abdominal pads market.
The hospitals segment dominated the abdominal pads market and held the largest revenue share of 36.8% in 2022 and is expected to continue its dominance with the fastest growth rate of 6.6% from 2023 - 2030. This can be attributed to an increase in surgical procedures in hospitals. For instance, a study by NCBI in 2020 indicated that 310 million surgical cases worldwide are registered every year, of which 40 million to 50 million are treated only in the U.S.
The home healthcare segment is estimated to witness a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period. Home healthcare settings have been increasing in many countries. Moreover, many surgical procedures require a prolonged recovery period, leading to frequent changing of the abdominal pads. Furthermore, the elderly population mostly prefers home healthcare settings. Thus, the rising geriatric population is anticipated to fuel the growth of the home healthcare segment.
North America dominated the abdominal pads market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 44.3% in 2022. This is owing to the increasing number of surgical procedures along with the highly developed health infrastructure and the presence of major key players in the region. For instance, the Life Span Organization estimates that about 500,000 open heart operations were carried out in the U.S. in 2018. Similarly, as per AHA Journals 40,000 children in the U.S. have congenital heart surgery.
Since these surgeries require time to recover from, wound dressing products assist in the quick healing of these wound. Furthermore, the abdominal pads market is expected to raise because of the various health initiatives undertaken by various organizations and institutions. Data on funding given to multiple healthcare programs in the U.S. were presented by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
In Asia Pacific, the abdominal pads market is anticipated to witness rapid growth during the forecast period with a CAGR of 7.0%. The increasing elderly population and the development of the healthcare infrastructure in Asian countries are the factors driving the growth of the abdominal pads market in the region. For Instance, in Japan, due to the increasing aging population, the number of spine surgeries performed every year continues to rise.
Lumbar spinal canal stenosis, a common spinal disorder, is currently found in around 10.8% of the country’s elderly population (70-79) year old. Furthermore, medical tourism in this region is growing which is increasing the number of surgeries performed. Thus, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the industry growth in Asia-Pacific is anticipated to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period.
The key companies operating in the abdominal pads market are attempting to enhance their product portfolio by upgrading their products and exploring acquisitions in addition to government authorizations to increase their client base and obtain a larger market share. Furthermore, the key players in the market are implementing strategies such as partnership, merger and acquisition, product and service launches, agreements, joint ventures, collaboration, and expansion to strengthen their position in the abdominal pads market. Some of the major players in the global abdominal pads market include:
Smith & Nephew
Integra Life Sciences
DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
Market size value in 2023
USD 1.0 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 1.5 billion
CAGR of 6.1% from 2023 to 2030
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2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
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b. The global abdominal pads market size was estimated at USD 967.9 million in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 1.0 billion in 2023.
b. The global abdominal pads market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.1% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the abdominal pads market with a share of 44.3% in 2022. This can be attributed to the highly developed healthcare infrastructure and increased allocation of funds for research and development.
b. Some key players operating in the abdominal pads market include Smith & Nephew, Medline Industries, Medtronic, Dukal Corporation, Integra Lifesciences, Dynarex Corporation, Medicom, 3M, DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth are increasing number of surgical procedures, increasing awareness about wound management in the patient and rising number of severe burn cases globally.
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