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Traditionally, surgical wounds have been closed with sutures, staples, Steri-stripsMastisol, or some combination thereofThere are multiple benefits to using these technologies, but new products are expected to significantly improve the way surgeons close wounds. Ethicon’s Dermabond Prineo mesh and cyanoacrylate-based skin closure systems, as well as Zipline Medical’s Zip Surgical Skin Closure, are new products that recently have become popular for surgical wound closure. This rise in popularity is cannibalizing older forms of wound closure, such as sutures, staplers, and skin closure strips.

Zip Skin Closure Set To Triple In Value By 2025

Zipline Medical’s Zip Surgical Skin Closure device is primarily used to close surgical incisions. Unlike staplers and sutures, this product is less invasive and less traumatic for patients when being removed. In addition to improved comfort, the device requires less time to close the wound, and the scar is less pronounced. In the past year, the number of Zip Surgical Skin Closures used has more than doubled.

This trend will continue, with the number of Zip Surgical Skin Closures used nearly tripling by 2025. While this specific “zip style” technology is patented, similar wound closure systems using clips, loops, or adhesives have been explored; they have not achieved the same success. This market is quite new, so growth rates are high, but even as it matures and growth rates slow, this innovation proves the wound closure market holds great potential.

In addition, this technology has been implemented into consumer products for use in closing small lacerations that do not require a doctor’s visit. Currently, there is only one company participating in this emerging market — Zipline Medical, with its ZipStitch product — but as companies begin to see the value of these types of closure devices, they may begin to market similar products.

New Sizes Drive Sales Of Ethicon’s Dermabond Prineo

Ethicon’s Dermabond Prineo mesh and cyanoacrylate-based skin closure system plays a similar role to Steri-strips or Mastisol, but causes fewer reactions, is completely waterproof, and protects the wound from infection. As a newer product, Dermabond Prineo’s market value has steadily increased each year as surgeons begin to adopt this technology. This is a single-player market, so other manufacturers have plenty of opportunity to take advantage in its early stages.


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About The Authors

Mikayla Schaffner is a Research Analyst at iData Research and was the lead analyst on the United States Wound and Tissue Management Market Report Suite 2019 – MedSuite. In addition to studying the U.S., her work expands out into Europe and Asia.

Sean Collins is an Analyst Manager at iData Research. He has served as the principal analyst for dozens of medical device research projects, syndicated and consulting, and now leads others in doing the same.

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