South Africa Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices Market - Segmented by Product (Surgical Equipment, Monitoring and Visualization Equipment etc.) by Technology, Application, - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The South Africa Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices Market is expected to register a CAGR of nearly 7.30% during 2018-2023 (the forecast period). Minimally invasive surgical devices refer to electrosurgical systems, Robot Assisted Surgical systems, and surgical equipment, such as needles, retractors, and guide wires, which are used during the minimally invasive procedure.
Higher Acceptance Rate Of Minimally Invasive Procedures Over Traditional Procedures
Minimally Invasive Surgeries (MIS) have been reported to cause less post-operative pain, and hence, patients receive smaller dosages of painkillers. As there are minimal cuts or stitches involved, the hospital stay is relatively shorter, and patients need not visit the hospital frequently. Traditional open surgeries involve long incisions made through the muscles, and these muscles take a considerable amount of time to heal, whereas MIS procedures involve smaller incisions, leading to quicker recovery. In addition, the body scars involved in MIS are barely noticeable.
The main advantage that MIS has over traditional open surgeries is higher precision, due to video-assisted equipment, which produces a better and magnified image of the organs or body parts being operated. These surgeries are gaining wider acceptance among the geriatric population, due to the relatively shorter recovery time. The North American region has well-developed healthcare systems, which include HER-based patient records, reimbursement records, and other reliable databases. Compared to this region, the emerging countries, such as South Africa, India, and others, do not have adequate healthcare databases, which impacts the decision-making process and creates constraints to introduce newer technologies and procedures. Few organizations, such as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE), are collaborating with health care agencies in South Africa, to create awareness about the benefits of MIS, and improve the adoption rate. The large markets of the “BRICS” Block (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have a larger pool of patients with high unmet needs and are seeking out cost-effective MIS procedures. Moreover, as South Africa is growing as a major hub for medical tourism, across Middle East & Africa, the number of surgeries performed over the next five years is expected to increase significantly.
In 2014, Africa’s first Structural Heart Centre was established at Netcare Union Hospital, in Alberton, Johannesburg. This center, with its expertise in performing minimally invasive surgery for the repair of leaking heart valves and various other cardiac anatomical abnormalities, has received a favorable response from various healthcare stakeholders and patients. These developments have created significant traction for robotic surgeries in several private hospitals in South Africa. Most of the initial surgeries performed using these robotic systems were to treat cardiovascular, urology, and neurology conditions. Furthermore, with improvements in the reimbursement scenario and streamlining of regulatory guidelines, the market for MIS devices is expected to grow significantly, over the forecast period.
Other factors which are driving the MIS devices market growth are improved patient quality of life and increasing number of surgeries among the aging population, minimally invasive surgeries help reduce health care costs and time, and increasing prevalence of lifestyle-related and chronic disorders
Shortage of Experienced Professionals
Surgical specialists are one of the primary users of minimally invasive devices. South Africa is facing a shortage of such healthcare professionals. Due to this, patients who prefer minimally invasive procedures are reluctant to undergo conventional procedures. Both of these factors are limiting the scope of this market in South Africa. The shortage is acuter in rural regions, where most of the healthcare centers are owned by the state. Government schemes are also funding to improve the status of health in rural regions. However, the minimally invasive device category is unable to utilize this opportunity, due to the shortage of experienced professionals. South Africa compares unfavorably with middle-income countries, based on the ratios of medical and dental professionals, and many districts have limited access to specialists and sub specialists. Even in the private sector, the country has fewer doctors per 100,000 people, than most countries in the world.
According to a report produced by Econex, In 2013, there were about 25 state doctors and 92 private sector doctors per 100,000 people in South Africa. This shows the average of 60 per 100,000, while the global doctors average is 152. Moreover, according to an Econex report, it was also expected that approximately 17% of newly qualified doctors may be emigrating, and 80% of the doctors do not prefer to work for the state because of poor working conditions. A similar trend is followed by minimal invasive surgeons. Surgical management of diseases is recognized as a major unmet need in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), such as South Africa. Laparoscopic surgery has been present since the 1980s and offers the benefit of minimizing the morbidity and potential mortality associated with laparotomies. Laparoscopic surgery and training are not cheap.
The lack of skilled professional surgeons and the resource-limited environment in LMICs also hampers the progress of laparoscopic training, with the lack of expert trainers. In many parts of Africa, laparoscopic surgery is much more common in private hospitals due to the availability of funding for equipment and maintenance. Hence, the lack of skilled professional is a major restraint for the market.And other factors such as stringent regulatory framework and insurance plans for medical devices are restraining the market is also restraining the growth of the market.
Electrosurgical Systems to Dominate the Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices Market
Electrosurgical procedures are done by using the high-frequency electrical current to cut, coagulate, desiccate, and fulgurate tissue and can be performed, using either monopolar or bipolar energy in conjunction with a specialized instrument. Pencils are considered as monopolar instruments for the electrosurgical systems. Surgeons are accustomed to using the electrosurgical pencils as they are user-friendly. The active electrode is placed in the entry site using a pencil instrument, and it can be used to cut tissue and coagulate bleeding. The return electrode pad is attached to the patient, so the electrical current flows from the generator to the electrode through the target tissue to the patient return pad and back to the generator. Monopolar electrosurgery is most commonly used because of its versatility and effectiveness.
Key Developments in the Market
- Jan 2018- GE and Roche entered a partnership to develop an integrated digital diagnostics platform to improve oncology and critical care treatment
Major Players -Abbott Laboratories, GE Healthcare, Intuitive Surgical, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Philips Healthcare, Siemens, Smith & Nephew, Stryker Corporation, Zimmer Biomet, and Applied Medical Corporation among others.
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