Growth of established and advanced wound closure products globally

Sutures and staples are fairly low tech methods to close wounds.  Sutures in one form or another (mostly sheep intestines) have been in use for hundreds of years and staples have been in practice since the early 1900s. At the other end of the extreme are high strength medical adhesives or surgical glues, which are still largely in their infancy.

But the impact of these products in the market for wound closure varies by country and the local nature of medical practice, the impact of culture on the management of wounds, the economic climate and a large number of other factors.

Below is illustrated, for comparison, the compound annual growth rate in sales of sutures/staples versus high strength adhesives/glues.  What is clear is that the more rapid growth of high strength adhesives reflects the fact that their potential is a long way from being fully penetrated.  What is not as clear from growth rates is the relative size of the markets — or the absolute sales volume associated with the growth rates given.  Sutures and staples still represent an enormous ($5.5 billion) global market while high strength glues are less than a quarter of this.


Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S190.

The complete picture — growth and current revenues — is represented in the sales by country, which (for the sake of this snapshot) is illustrated below in summary by geographic region.


Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S190.

“Surgical Sealants, Glues, Sutures, Other Wound Closure and Anti-Adhesion, Worldwide Markets, 2012-2017”, Report #S190 from MedMarket Diligence, details the current and forecast market by country for the range of products in wound closure and related wound applications including tapes, sutures/staples/mechanical closure, hemostats, fibrin sealants/glues and high-strength medical adhesives and anti-adhesion products.

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