European Market Report Suite for Robotics and Surgical Navigation 2017 – MedSuite
- Year: 2017
- Scope: 2013-2023
- Region: Europe
- Published Date: 10/1/2016
- Pages: 122
- Type: MedSuite
The full report suite on the European market robotics and surgical navigation systems includes four segments in surgical navigation and six segments in robotics. The segmentation for surgical navigation systems includes systems with neurosurgery applications, spinal surgery applications, ENT (ear, nose and throat) applications, and orthopedic hip and knee applications. The segmentation for surgical robotics systems includes spinal, neurosurgery, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), radiosurgery, catheter and orthopedic robotically assisted systems.
The shift from open cavity procedures to minimally invasive procedures has already occurred within Europe. For hospitals to attract top talent, they must be equipped with the latest in high-tech equipment and facilities in order to increase efficiency for the surgeon. Incorporating surgical navigation and robotic systems into operating rooms helps institutions promote themselves as industry leaders. Surgical navigation is a more established technology which has become the standard of care in neurosurgery, with adoption increasing in other segments. In addition, the growth of the surgical robotics market is expected to broaden the variety of procedures that can be done using a minimally invasive approach while reinforcing existing clinical benefits. For many procedures, the use of an image guided surgery (IGS) or robotic system increases the duration of the operation. Facilities and surgeons will therefore lose money as they are forced to schedule fewer procedures. This delay has decreased with newer models; however, any increase in time may reduce the number of operations that can be scheduled in a facility. This negatively impacts both surgeons and facilities, and can make potential clients less willing to pay the high costs associated with robotics systems. Surgical navigation systems are often marketed by implant companies and bundled with other products, while robotics companies have traditionally been smaller and focused on a narrower range of technologies. However, partnerships have led to a series of acquisitions of smaller robotics companies by larger, more established medical device companies. Since the technologies can be considered competitors, this trend is expected to continue as robotic technology becomes more widely adopted and accepted.
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Some integrated ORs can include an imaging system such as a C-arm, which allows for intra-operative
imaging, or a navigation system; these are referred to as hybrid rooms.
These operating rooms provide versatile solutions that save hospitals critical time and provide flexibility
to perform open and minimally invasive surgeries. Also, in the same room, cardiovascular, orthopedic,
spine, neurosurgical and vascular procedures can be done with the additional flexibility to utilize the same
operating room space for open and other general purpose surgical procedures, when the clinical space is
not being used for complex procedures requiring use of a C-arm and specialty imaging table.
Surgical booms were introduced to the operating room (OR) environment in the 1990s. Initially, surgical
booms were installed in order to reduce the clutter caused by having multiple carts surrounding the
surgeon and the operating team.
The popularity of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is continually growing as the utilization of MIS has
resulted in reduced patient stays and costs, which have been accompanied by improvements in operating
room efficiency. To view the operating field during an MIS procedure, a surgeon uses a surgical camera in
combination with an endoscope, which is inserted into the patient. Still images and videos from these
endoscopic cameras and from overhead cameras are then captured by an image capture and recording
device. This allows images and videos from an operation to be reviewed at a later date. As a result, most
image capture devices are bought as a platform coupled with a surgical camera and a surgical light source.
The market for surgical tables in China is a fairly mature market with most new sales going towards the
replacement of older tables. Due to the large existing installed base, there are a significant number of used
and refurbished models being sold along with new models. Although a number of tables were sold to
newly constructed operating rooms (ORs), that number is modest and does not constitute a significant
share of the market. However, opportunity for growth exists in the hybrid OR market for image guided
surgery tables. Additionally, demand from newly integrated facilities is expected to further drive growth
in the number of units sold in the future.