Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) was approved in Japan in November 2009, and quickly became a new alternative for wound treatment, with the first devices being placed in 2010. This treatment is used to promote healing of large or chronic wounds, fight infection and enhance healing of burns and the eventual successful closing of the wound. NPWT is usually used with chronic wounds, or wounds that are expected to present difficulties while healing (such as those associated with diabetes or when the veins and arteries are unable to provide or remove blood adequately). In addition to treating chronic wounds, NPWT has been employed as a technique to temporarily bridge large cavities in open surgeries (reconstructive, gastrointestinal, general, etc.).
In the future, familiarity with NPWT products will drive the market for such techniques. (Learn more about market drivers by requesting a report synopsis here.) Because NPWT is a new method of wound treatment available on the Japanese market, as healthcare workers become more familiar with this type of wound treatment, it will become available in more healthcare settings. Moreover, increased efficiency will also help to spur the market. Since connecting and maintaining pumps is less time consuming than monitoring a patient with only wound dressings, the time that patients need to fully recover decreases.