PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 09, 2010 – The practice of surgery has long employed energy-based technologies to excise, cut, ablate, cauterize, destroy or otherwise manipulate tissue to produce therapeutic results. Various energy modalities — from cryotherapy to microwave to radiofrequency to ultrasound to radiation and others — have proven their ability to effect healthy or diseased tissue with more effective outcomes than other physical methods (e.g., the scalpel) can allow. These effects and outcomes include:
- destruction of diseased (e.g., cancerous) tissue preferentially over healthy tissue
- simultaneous cutting and hemostasis of the surgical wound
- creating lesions, as in treatment of atrial fibrillation, that block aberrant electrical pathways
- sculpting of tissue as in laser vision correction
- a wide range of other applications
The number and diversity of clinical applications in ablation is driven by the diversity of the different energy modalities:
Products and technologies in ablation include capital equipment, instruments and disposable probes and other products. It is a robust area in which manufacturers aggressively develop and release new product configurations that improve upon patient outcomes and capture growing share of caseload.
While there is a concentration of some ablation modalities for specific types of treatment (e.g., radiation has long been a predominant treatment in cancer), the modalities that compete with one another for caseload varies considerably from one clinical application to the next. Therefore, a consideration of the market for any one of these modalities is not complete without also examining the competition presented by other modalities on a case-by-case basis.
MedMarket Diligence's report (described at http://mediligence.com/
This 488 page report, with 123 tabular and graphic exhibits, is a detailed market and technology assessment and forecast of the products and technologies in the ablation market for treatment of soft tissues via energy-based modalities, including electrosurgery, radiosurgery, gamma knife, brachytherapy, cryogenic therapy, fluidjet therapy (hydrotherapy)
The report describes alternative energy-based technologies and the nature of their effect on soft tissue, the underlying basis of the technology, the requisite systems for their use (including capital equipment, devices and disposables)
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