Global Ablation Devices Market, By Technology Type (Radiofrequency Ablation, Microwave Ablation, Cryoablation, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, Laser Interstitial Thermal Ablation), Application (Cancer, Ophthalmology, Cardiovascular, Urology, Orthopedic, Gynecology), Function (Automated, Conventional), End User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Specialty Clinics), Procedure (Tumor Ablation, Varicose Veins, Atrial Fibrillation, Aesthetics- Skin Rejuvenation and Tightening, Laser and Other Energy-Bas

Ablation Devices – A Step toward Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Ablation refers to the removal of certain biological substances from internal parts of the body with the help of ablation devices. Ablation is performed through various techniques such as vaporization, laser, thermal treatments, cryo-treatments, and radiation procedures, among others. In medical sector, ablation is performed usually through surgical methods for the removal of biological substances i.e., usually a small tumor. Other techniques adopted for the removal of infected biological tissues include chemical ablation and radiofrequency ablation.

Ablation gains immense popularity all over the world, as it offers minimally invasive solutions for the removal of tissues or tumors with bearable pain and less recovery period than that of open surgical procedures. Demand for ablation devices is expected to increase owing to increasing incidence of chronic diseases, mainly tumorigenic cancer and other cardiovascular disorders, across the globe. Chronic diseases are major causes of mortality, which resulted in over 38 million deaths worldwide in 2015 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, WHO states that cancer is one of the leading causes of death that accounts for up to 8.8 million deaths in 2015. According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, an estimated 2.7-6.1 million people in the U.S. suffered from atrial fibrillation. Moreover, the same fact sheet states that around 2% of people younger than the age of 65 years are affected with atrial fibrillation. High prevalence of such diseases will in turn, boost the growth of global ablation devices market.

The global ablation devices market was valued at US$ 3,330.0 million in 2016 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period (2017 – 2025).

Figure 1. Global Ablation Devices Market Share, By Technology Type (%)

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Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2017)

Increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation is expected to drive the global ablation devices market

Rising cases of cardiovascular disorders, mainly atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia, which are highly susceptible to open heart surgeries and can be treated with ablation at earlier stages. Additionally, rising awareness among public regarding the benefits of ablation devices also support the growth of global ablation devices market. Alongside, rise in the geriatric population as well as rapid technological development in the healthcare sector add up to the market growth. In terms of geography, North America accounts for the highest sales of ablation devices, owing to the well-established healthcare infrastructure and significant expenditure targeted on developing the healthcare facilities. Increasing demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures, especially in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, is also expected to propel the market growth. However, side effects of surgical ablation procedures such as chemical allergies and strokes coupled with high treatment costs are expected to hinder the market growth.

Key players involved in the strategic implementation of various policies for technological advancements and innovation of ablation devices are,

  • In 2016, Medtronic expanded its pain therapies portfolio with the launch of OsteoCool RF ablation system. The company expanded its minimally invasive therapy portfolio with the acquisition of the gynecology business from Smith & Nephew.
  • In 2015, EDAP TMS announced a multinational strategic OEM partnership with Quanta System, which is a leading manufacturer of medical lasers for surgical applications. Through this partnership, Quanta manufactures customized urological stone lasers to be sold under EDAP brand.
  • In 2015, AtricCure, Inc. acquired nContact, Inc., a privately-held developer of innovative cardiac ablation solutions to provide improved market access to ablation devices.
  • In 2016, Boston Scientific Corporation acquired Cosman Medical to get its hands on the company’s Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) system, in order to expand its neuromodulation portfolio.
  • In 2013, Abbott Laboratories acquired IDEV Technologies, a privately-owned company focused on developing next-generation medical devices for use of ablation catheters in electrophysiology. The company also acquired two other catheter-based medical device companies, namely Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, Inc. and Topera, Inc. to enter the electrophysiology ablation devices market.

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