Growth of modalities in tissue ablation

An examination of the future markets for technologies used in therapeutic ablation has support for a general and sustained growth in ablation technology revenues:

Ablation-modality-growth-revenues

Source: Report #A145

However, when considering the relative growth of each of the modalities in tissue ablation, it is clear that some modalities are growing more aggressively than others:

Ablation-modality-growth-shares

Source: Report #A145

The “traditional” types of tissue ablation — electrosurgery and radiation therapy — are losing relative share as new modalities are able to penetrate caseload of other modalities, or even tap previously untreated patients and increase the aggregate caseload. In particular, radiofrequency and cryotherapy will demonstrate the highest growth over the 2011 to 2019 period.

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Electrosurgical ablation in orthopedics

The use of energy-based systems for the routine management of disease and trauma in the orthopedic arena encompasses multiple energy types.  The manufacturers PhotoThera, ArthroCare, Bioelectron, Biowave, ConMed, Medical Technologies, Siemens, Smith & Nephew (Oratec), J&J (Mitek), ConMed and Stryker market a variety of energy-based systems for these purposes.

These systems offer the following features and benefits:

  • Remove soft tissue
  • Cut and contour soft tissues such as ligament and meniscus
  • Treat instability and control bleeding through the coagulation of soft tissue

A sampling of ablation in orthopedics, highlighting electrosurgical ablation in particular, is shown below.

Orthopedic Applications of Electrosurgical Devices

orthopedic-ablation

From MedMarket Diligence Report #A125, " Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2008-2017."

 

Ablation technologies market growing rapidly worldwide, particularly in select modalities

The worldwide high energy therapies market represents a $25 billion opportunity in 2008. The category consists of therapeutic devices and equipment that deliver the controlled application of one or more modalities of energy to tissue.

The market will grow at an aggressive rate through 2017 for all modalities, but with some modalities exceeding compound annual growth rate of 20%.  As a result of this, the adoption and growth of energy therapies will exceed the growth of the overall medical device market and the mix of energy therapies will increase.

Below is illustrated the aggregate growth of the ablation therapies market worldwide, by segment, and the relative growth of each of the segments in the market.

ablation-market-total

Note: Total market in  $millions

Source:  MedMarket Diligence Report #A125, "Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2007-2017."

 

Orthopedic Applications of Electrosurgical Devices

PhotoThera, ArthroCare, Bioelectron, Biowave, ConMed, Medical Technologies, Siemens, Smith & Nephew (Oratec), J&J (Mitek), ConMed and Stryker market a variety of energy-based systems to the orthopedic community. These systems offer the following features and benefits:

  • Remove soft tissue
  • Cut and contour soft tissues such as ligament and meniscus
  • Treat instability and control bleeding through the coagulation of soft tissue

The applications of these systems are broad in the orthopedic market.

Source:  Report #A125, "Worldwide Ablation Technologies"
Source: Report #A125, "Worldwide Ablation Technologies."

 

The MedMarket Diligence report #A125 describes the following applications of electrosurgery in orthopedics:

  • capsular shrinkage
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chondroplasty
  • debridement
  • epicondylitis and tendinitis
  • inflammatory conditions

For more information on Report #A125, “Worldwide Ablation Technologies,” see link. This report may be purchased online or you may purchase it via Google Checkout, below.