Sutures, commonly called stitches, are sterile, surgical threads that are used to repair cuts (lacerations). They are also used to close incisions from surgery. A suture is a medical device that doctors, and embalmers especially surgeons, use to hold skin, internal organs, blood vessels and all other tissues of the human body together, after they have been severed by injury, incision or surgery. Tissues are held together until enough healing occurs to withstand stress without mechanical support.
The global sutures market is anticipated to register significant growth due to the growing number of surgical procedures across the globe, aging population, and rising incidence of chronic diseases. The market is estimated to grow at a gradual CAGR during the forecast period. The market accounted for more than 50% chronic and severe wound care market in 2015.
The global surgical sutures market is segmented on the basis of Types (Adsorbable & Non-adsorbable), Materials (Monofilament Sutures, Multifilament Synthetic sutures), Application (Skin ulcers, burns, surgical wounds, traumatic wounds), and geography.
There are many kinds of sutures, with different properties suitable for various uses. Sutures can be classified into two groups: absorbable sutures (PGCL, PDO, PGA) and non-absorbable sutures (Nylon, Polypropylene, Polyster, Silk). An absorbable suture breaks down in tissue after a given period of time. It degrades as wound or incision heals. A non-absorbable suture resists the body’s attempt to dissolve it. Non-absorbable sutures may be removed by a surgeon after a surface incision has healed.
Sutures must be strong (so they do not break), non-toxic, and hypoallergenic (to avoid adverse reactions in the body), and flexible (so they can be tied and knotted easily). Adsorbable and non-adsorbable products have accounted for maximum share in terms of value towards total sutures industry.
Sutures can also be divided into two types on the basis of material structure: monofilament sutures and multifilament or braided sutures. Braided sutures provide better knot security whereas monofilament sutures provide better passage through tissues. In general, Monofilament sutures elicit lower tissue reaction compared to braided sutures. Multifilament sutures are braided and often coated with various materials like silicon, wax, PTFE, polycaprolactone, calcium stearate, etc.
On the basis of application, the global surgical sutures market share spans skin ulcers, burns, surgical wounds, and traumatic wounds.
Geographically, the global surgical sutures market share constitutes North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Rest of the World. The North American sutures market contributes for the largest share in global surgical sutures market, and is dominated largely by the U.S. Europe is the second largest market to hold the shares in surgical market, with Germany leading the market, which is then followed by Asia Pacific with Japan leading the market.
The advent of new technologies, rise in aging population, favorable regulatory frameworks, and the high disposable income of the population are the factors responsible for growth in Americas and Europe. In Asia, sutures market accounts for one tenth share of total sutures market. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to have proper growth during forecast period owing to the increased medical tourism industry, unmet healthcare needs, increased prevalence of chronic diseases that require surgical procedures, and favorable reimbursement scenarios.
The major players in surgical sutures market are as follows:
B. Braun Melsungen AG, Boston Scientfic, Conmed Corporation, Demetech Corporation, Endoevolution LLC, Ethicon, Inc., Internacional Farmaceutica S.A. De C.V., Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Sutures India Pvt Ltd., W.L. Gore & Associates
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