Surgical Drainage Devices Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Surgical Drainage Devices Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Active, Passive), By Application (Cardiothoracic, Neurosurgery, Abdominal Surgery, Orthopedics), By End-use, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Aug, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-882-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 93

Industry Insights

The global surgical drainage devices market size was valued at USD 1.8 billion in 2016 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 2.8% during the forecast period. Global increase in chronic diseases, rise in the number of surgeries being performed, and a diverse product portfolio are some of the factors responsible for the growth.

Global rise in chronic diseases has led to an immense demand for surgical drain devices. Increase in the number of surgeries has also resulted in growth of the market due to increasing usage of these devices in various applications. Another factor contributing to growth is the increase in smoking and alcohol consumption, which has resulted in the rise of cancer-related surgeries being performed. Majority of these surgeries involve the use of these devices to efficiently remove fluid and air buildup at the surgical site. 

Japan surgical drainage devices market

A wide range of devices are used to prevent accumulation of fluids, such as blood, infected fluids, and pus. These devices are also used to reduce buildup of air and in some instances, characterization of fluid. Usage of type of drains depends on the surgery being performed. A large variety of drains are easily available in various sizes and shapes for different kinds of surgeries.

ABThera, developed by Acelity is a product that uses negative pressure to remove peritoneal fluid and helps in the reduction of edema in abdominal surgeries. Thus, there are a wide range of products that are used specifically for certain procedures, which help physicians and patients on various levels.

Products available in the market are versatile in nature and allow usage in various applications. Products such as Penrose drains are available in various materials, sizes, and shapes, which facilitates usage in a wide range of applications. Cardinal Health, one of the dominant players in the surgical drainage industry, has a vast product portfolio of Penrose drains that can be used for a variety of applications.

Rise in medical tourism in countries like Brazil, India, Turkey, and Malaysia has allowed patients to undergo surgical procedures at reduced rates and with detailed medical surveillance. This is expected to further boost the market in these countries. These procedures also require the use of customized drainage devices for specific conditions, which may further propel growth.

Product Insights

On the basis of product, the surgical drainage devices market is categorized into active and passive devices. As of 2016, the active surgical drainage devices accounted for the largest share. These devices evacuate fluid and prevent buildup of air at the surgical site with the use of suction, usually vacuum or wall suction. Majority of the times, active surgical drainage devices make use of negative pressure therapy to drain fluid from the surgical site. 

The surgeon performing the surgery chooses the drain based on the type of surgery being performed. Active drains are not exposed to the atmosphere thereby, preventing growth of bacteria. They are competent in keeping the wound dry and remove fluid efficiently. For instance, Altitude Dry Suction Chest Drainage Unit is a device developed by Medtronic to remove accumulated fluid using wall suction in cardiothoracic surgeries.

Despite the availability of active drains, passive drains are preferred by surgeons as they allow easy removal of buildup of air and fluid in the surgical incision. One of the added advantages of using passive drains is that they cause less discomfort & pain during drainage and also prevent excessive mechanical tissue injury.

Thus, with an increase in prevalence of chronic and other diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis, the usage of active surgical drain devices has been increasing in various end-use settings. Although benefits of using active devices are more than passive drainage devices, the usage of passive drain devices in various applications has allowed these products to penetrate the market at a higher level.

Application Insights

The market, on the basis of application, is divided into cardiothoracic surgeries, neurosurgeries, abdominal surgeries, orthopedics, and others. In 2016, cardiothoracic surgeries accounted for the largest share owing to increase in prevalence of cardiovascular diseases. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, and in the year 2012, resulted in the deaths of an estimated 17.7 million people. This has generated demand for chest drainage systems that allow easy and efficient removal of fluid from the chest.

Increase in the number of surgeries being performed has resulted in growing adoption of surgical drainage devices that are specifically designed for cardiovascular surgeries. For instance, Pleur-evac Chest Drainage System developed by Teleflex Incorporated is a device that aids in efficient removal of fluids during cardiothoracic surgeries.

U.S. surgical drainage devices market

According to the American Academy of Neurology, in the U.S., stroke and Alzheimer’s disease ranked as third and sixth leading cause of death, respectively. These facts are indicative of an alarming increase in neurological disorders that often require surgical intervention upon diagnosis. This rise has, thus, contributed to the increase in demand for drains that are used post neurological surgeries. 

Various developers have designed surgical drain devices that can specifically be used in abdominal surgeries. For instance, ABThera Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy System developed by Acelity is designed to provide medial tension that helps minimize fascial retraction and reduce swelling at the site. Thus, increasing adoption of drains in abdominal surgeries has also been contributing to the overall growth of the market.

Drains are used in orthopedic surgeries for removal of any sort of abscess and to reduce the risk of contamination by bacterial growth in the fluid buildup. The rise in musculoskeletal diseases as well as orthopedic trauma, globally, can also be attributed to the increase in number of surgeries being performed. This segment thus, is expected to witness a lucrative growth over the forecast period.

End-use Insights

On the basis of end use, drainage devices are segmented into hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and clinics. Hospitals held the largest share in 2016 due to the large number of surgeries conducted. Global increase in the number of ambulatory surgical centers is another crucial factor that can be attributed to the growth of the market. 

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in 2014, over 17.2 million hospital visits included at least one surgery. In 2013, injuries accounted for USD 671 billion in the U.S. Treatment of trauma requires surgical intervention, which has increased the use of surgical drainage devices in hospitals.

Technological advancements and increasing usage of minimally invasive techniques are some major factors that can be attributed to the growth of ambulatory services. Ambulatory surgical centers provide cost-effective and high-quality alternative to inpatient hospital care for surgical interventions. According to Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, more than 23 million procedures are performed annually in ambulatory surgical centers. Majority of these centers are Medicare-certified, hence, the number of patients that are visiting them are increasing. Thus, ambulatory surgical centers have also been contributing to the growth of the market.

Specialty clinics have witnessed immense growth as they offer customized services according to the requirements of patients. Therefore, the growing usage of these devices has allowed the growth of this segment.

Regional Insights

In 2016, North America held the largest revenue share in the market. Increasing R&D investments and supportive government initiatives directed toward reduction of chronic diseases globally can be attributed to the growth of the market.

Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period due to the increasing penetration of healthcare companies that are investing heavily in the region. Changing healthcare reforms are contributing to the growth of the market by allowing commercialization of new products.

Incremental increase in incidence of chronic diseases has been witnessed in Asia Pacific countries like India, China, Japan, and Indonesia, which has been adding to the healthcare burden in the region. As a result of this increase, a large number of surgeries are being performed, which is consequently expected to accelerate the growth of the market.

Latin America region has also been witnessing an increase in prevalence of chronic diseases, which is increasing the healthcare expenditure of the nations in the region. Increasing incidence of chronic diseases has also been accelerating the growth of surgical drainage devices that are used for efficient removal of fluid and air buildup in postsurgical procedures.

Surgical Drainage Devices Market Share Insights

Some of the key players include Acelity; Teleflex Incorporated; Cardinal Health; Medtronic; Cook Medical; and Stryker. The market is highly fragmented with the presence of many large-, small-, and medium-scale players. These leading players face competition from local players. 

Majority of the players are focusing on development of new products. For instance, in May 2015, Cardinal Health announced the launch of its Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) portfolio. New products, Cardinal Health SVED and NPWT PRO, were launched with an intention to provide better management of chronic & acute wounds.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global surgical drainage devices market on the basis of product, application, end-use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Active

    • Passive

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Cardio-thoracic surgeries

    • Neurosurgery procedures

    • Abdominal surgery

    • Orthopedics

    • Others

  • End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Hospitals

    • Ambulatory surgical centers

    • Clinics

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • Franc

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • The Middle East and Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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