TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS IN ELECTROSURGICAL MARKET

Electrosurgery procedure employs electrical energy to achieve clinical effect in which an alternating current at a various voltage ranging from 200-10,000V is passed through the tissues to cut, coagulate, desiccate, or even to fuse tissue and the advantages include limited blood loss during surgery and reduced damage to the surrounding tissues. These devices are used in almost all surgical indications such as cardiac, cosmetic and dermatological, gynecological, maxillofacial surgery, laparoscopy, orthopedic, urological, neurological, general surgical and dental procedures. The increasing adoption of technological advancements are expanding the electrosurgical market and also companies such as Medtronic (Covidien) (Ireland), Intuitive Surgical (U.S.), Peak Surgical (U.S.), Apyx Medical Corporation (U.S.), Bowa Electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) and other companies are adopting new technologies which will create an opportunity for the surgeons to perform surgery.

The electrosurgical devices global market is valued at $4,284.1 million in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% to reach $6,273.2 million by 2025. Globally, electrosurgical devices market is showing rapid growth and also in coming years will continue to evolve due to its increasing use in minimally invasive surgeries, demand for electrosurgical procedures in emerging regions and a growing number of cosmetic surgeries.

The increasing acceptance of electrosurgical devices is mainly due to advancements that protect tissues from thermal damage, reduces collateral damage to the tissues, eschar formation and limited sticking to the tissue. Sticking and charring is undesirable since it can result in unintentional damage to delicate tissue. Eschar on electrodes presents a fire hazard which results in longer surgery time since the tools need to be constantly removed and cleaned of the charred tissue. For instance, Isocool tips by Codman and PlasmBlade by Peak surgical are developed to eliminate the stickiness and charring of delicate tissue and also minimize the need to remove the forceps from the surgical site.

The electrosurgical devices which may cause damage to the surrounding tissue during surgery and contaminations may cause infections, so to overcome this issue Apyx Medical Corporation has developed a new technology called J-Plasma technology which is a non-contact device, works by helium ionization that creates a stable and focused beam of ionized gas. The advantage of using this device involves less thermal speed, high precision, less invasive and greater versatility. Hence, the non-contact technique reduces issues such as damage to the tissue and contaminations associated with contact devices.

The electrosurgical tools produce surgical smoke that contains airborne contaminations such as carcinogenic or irritant chemicals like acetonitrile, acetylene, acroloin, Butene, Benzene, and other chemicals. This surgical smoke is a work environment quality problem that affects the patient as well as the surgical team. So to overcome this smoke evacuators are introduced in which it filters the plume generated during procedures thereby maintains a safe and healthier environment for the patient and surgical team and also the latest surgical evacuation systems are developed in combination devices. For instance, Applied medical Technology has developed a new combination of smoke and fluid evacuation system called Remora. The Remora allows surgeons to simultaneously remove the smoke and fluid from the surgical site. Some of the advantages of Remora are prevented blockage and reduces trauma to the tissue, protects delicate tissue, removes unpleasant odors associated with electrosurgery, clear visualization of the surgical site especially in deep surgical, protects the surgical team and the patients from toxins and viable pathogens found in the electrosurgical plume.

Therefore, the adoption of new technology is driving the electrosurgical market. Some of the major companies operating in the electrosurgical devices market area. Braun Melsungen AG (Germany), Apyx Medical Corporation (U.S.), Bowa Electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), CONMED Corporation (U.S.), Medtronic, PLC (Covidien) (Ireland), Erbe Electromedizin GmbH (Germany), Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) (U.S.), Olympus Corporation (Japan), Smith & Nephew PLC (U.K.), Utah Medical Products Inc. (U.S.),Applied Medical Resources Corporation (U.S.) and KLS Martin Group, LLC  (Germany).

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