The surgical ablation of soft tissues will see significant growth in the next few years and, among them, radiofrequency will demonstrate some of the most significant growth. Â Other modalities include hydromechanical, microwave, thermal, cryotherapy, ultrasound, light, radiation and electrical. Â Growth in these ablation segments in the U.S. is shown in the chart below.
Source: Â MedMarket Diligence Report #A125, “Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2008-2017: Products, Technologies, Markets, Companies and Opportunities.”
Radio frequency (RF) used in ablation is created by aÂ stimulated electromagnetic emission process. When a resonant radio frequency energy flow is established between two reflectors,Â an intervening ionized medium stimulates and maintains the resonant radio energy flow. A number of companies are developing and marketing products around this modality; key companies, their products and applications are shown below.
Radiofrequency energy is gaining widespread use in the field of sports medicine surgery for the thermal modification of soft tissue structures within the joint. The use of radiofrequency energy for thermal chondroplasty has gained tremendous popularity because of the quality of the therapy. Radiofrequency surgical systems have the inherent ability to seal large vessels as a result of the tremendous temperatures the energy can generate.
Ablation technologies products, manufacturers and markets are detailed in the worldwide report #A125, “Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2008-2017: Products, Technologies, Markets, Companies and Opportunities.” The report may be ordered for immediate download online or may be purchased via Google Checkout, below.