Vaginal slings to hold an attractive spot in the global female pelvic implants market
Female Pelvic Implants is a procedure to treat disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The three main types of products or implants used in the procedure are vaginal mesh implants, vaginal sling and vaginal graft implants. Among these, vaginal slings are expected to hold the highest market value of over US$ 188 Mn by the end of 2027. These types of implants are generally made from a narrow ‘tape’ of polypropylene mesh that is placed under the urethra like a sling or hammock to keep the urethra in the correct position. Vaginal slings have been in the market for about 20 years and can be implanted in a half-hour, minimally invasive surgical procedure under local anaesthesia as an outpatient. Vaginal grafts are also expected to be an attractive product in the market and are expected to grow at a significant rate of 3.5% during the forecast period.
Alarming procedural failure rates to become a huge barrier in the growth of the female pelvic implants market
The female pelvic implants market is witnessing a sluggish growth mainly due to the increase in the number of complications in the implant procedures. According to the NHS data, thousands of women have undergone a surgery for removal of vaginal mesh implants since 2011. This explains the severity of traumatic complications associated with vaginal mesh. According to the NHS, 1 in 15 women who underwent surgery also required another surgery to remove mesh implants. There are also reports that over 75,000 procedures were performed in the U.K for removal of mesh implants during 2006–2016. Such failures have made people and medical experts lose trust on pelvic implants. The procedure is comparatively better than any other treatment option for disorders like SUI and POP; yet there is no existing data on the safe long-term use of mesh implants. This has resulted in considerable decrease in sales of SUI and POP implants over time and the trend is expected to continue unless the clinical efficiency and safety of these products is established.
Despite serious issues emerging due to complications in pelvic implants, surgeons support usage owing to the high cure rates
Due to non-availability of any other successful treatment process for SUI and POP, surgeons are supporting mesh and sling implants as these products come with a high cure rate as compared to traditional reconstructive surgery. According to the recent clinical studies for comparison between standard native tissue repair vs. prosthetic material implants, the group with prosthetic material implants showed better anatomical outcomes. Another major factor supporting the female pelvic implants market is that there is currently no implementation of a legal ban on the procedure. At present, there is no legal ban on these devices in matured markets of the U.S. and Europe, which is encouraging manufacturers to sell these devices in the global market. This gives evidence to surgeons as well as the general population that these devices are safe for use and thus patients and physicians are still opting for surgical mesh implant procedures, which is keeping up the global demand for pelvic implants.However, the landscape may change in the future if manufacturers fail to submit safety data requirements for pre-market approval of surgical mesh implants for trans-vaginal pelvic organ prolapse.
Global Healthcare Sector Outlook
Despite the economic and political uncertainty in the recent past, the global healthcare industry has been receiving positive nudges from reformative and technological disruptions in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotech, in-vitro diagnostics, and medical imaging. Key markets across the world are facing a massive rise in demand for critical care services that are pushing global healthcare spending levels to unimaginable limits.
A rapidly multiplying geriatric population; increasing prevalence of chronic ailments such as cancer and cardiac disease; growing awareness among patients; and heavy investments in clinical innovation are just some of the factors that are impacting the performance of the global healthcare industry. Proactive measures such as healthcare cost containment, primary care delivery, innovation in medical procedures (3-D printing, blockchain, and robotic surgery to name a few), safe and effective drug delivery, and well-defined healthcare regulatory compliance models are targeted at placing the sector on a high growth trajectory across key regional markets.
Parent Indicators Healthcare
Current expenditure on health, % of gross domestic product
Current expenditure on health, per capita, US$ purchasing power parities (current prices, current PPPs)
Annual growth rate of current expenditure on health, per capita, in real terms
Out-of-pocket expenditure, % of current expenditure on health
Out-of-pocket expenditure, per capita, US$ purchasing power parity (current prices, current PPPs)
Physicians, Density per 1000 population (head counts)
Nurses, Density per 1000 population (head counts)
Total hospital beds, per 1000 population
Curative (acute) care beds, per 1000 population
Medical technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging units, total, per million population
Medical technology, Computed Tomography scanners, total, per million population
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