Clinical Evidence Shows Hernia Repair Devices Improve Recurrence Rate

Over the past 6 years, there has been a rapid increase in hernia cases across the world. A study by National Center for Health Statistics (NCH) shows, about 5 million of the population dwelling in America suffer from the disease. NCH revealed that approximately 1 in 2500 infants is diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) every year in the United States. The organization further highlights that with only 50 percent survival rate about 800 babies die. Today, about 4 families are devastated with the news – every day. 

Different types of hernia are incisional, inguinal, femoral and hiatal hernias. The most common form is inguinal hernia which accounts for about 80% of all the other hernia cases. It’s been observed that over 550,000 men need hernia repair every year. Lack of balanced diet, smoking and changes in lifestyle are some of the many factors that often leads to hernia. Furthermore, other factors including obesity and age cause hernia due to weakened muscle as well as excessive pressure on abdomen wall. These rising incidences have created a greater need for hernia repair devices. These are also the major reasons why the market generated about $ 3.9 billion in 2013, indicates a report by Allied Market Research.

Today, the popular repair devices used for correction (hernia) procedures include herniotomy, herniorrhaphy and hernioplasty. Certain trends in the hernia repair market has also contributed to its adoption rate worldwide. A key trend responsible for market growth, is a tremendous rise in the adoption of tension – free repair process. Lichtenstein hernioplasty is a popular tension -free repair procedure. It involves the application of a mesh to minimize the pressure on the abdomen and bridge hernia. This technique provides many advantages including minimized the risk of recurrence. Technique has also reduced the duration of hospitalization. 

Another trend that has resulted in the increase of industry share and size is the sudden rise in the adoption rate of advanced meshes. Today, biologic meshes occupy a major market share. They are used for restoring the connections of the tissues and muscle naturally. Besides reducing the failure rates, the mesh minimizes the risk of infection. As these meshes are three – dimensional they can be easily applied. In addition, they work as patch and plug in the affected site. Many prominent market players are developing such tools to serve the rising demand. W.L Gore & Associates Inc. made several heads turn, when it introduced GORE DUALMESH PLUS Biomaterial. It’s one of its kind, two – surface product that has antimicrobial agents which exhibits microbial growth. 

Thirdly, acceptance of robotic surgeries has also created greater opportunities for the hernia repair devices sector. Over the past 6 years, such surgeries have increased precision, accuracy and minimized human errors. Discoveries like robotic arm now offers greater range of motion. It rules out all possibilities of hand tremor. Additionally, its advantages like enhanced three dimensional visualization allows greater precision for delicate work in small areas. Moreover, robot assisted surgeries are believed to have improved the results in MI inguinal hernia repair operations. 

Eyeing the major developments Allied Market Research has published a report titled “World Hernia Repair Devices and Consumables Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2013 – 2020.” The report offers statistics on market size and share for the forecast period. Study also outlines the impact of market drivers, restraints and opportunities in market dynamics. Subsequent assessment of associated trends is also conducted during the study. Business owners seeking data on which segment and geography would lead the industry would find the report worth their time and investment.  

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