The urology devices market is a broad category and covers equipment that is used for treating numerous problems relating to the urological system. The urology devices market is used for the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer, urinary and kidney stones, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. Other markets explored include urological endoscopes, urodynamic equipment and nephrostomy devices. Check out our urology devices market reports below.
This report groups laser BPH procedures into the following categories: PVP, laser enucleation and other laser procedures. The reason for this is because there is a distinct CPT code for laser enucleation procedures which require the use of a morcellator. There is also a specific code for laser vaporization procedures that includes PVP procedures which represent the largest share of laser BPH procedures. Taking the difference between laser enucleation and PVP procedures yields the proportion of other laser procedures which includes laser ablation, laser resection, etc.
The urological endoscope market is comprised of rigid and flexible cystoscopes, semi-rigid and flexible ureteroscopes, rigid resectoscopes and rigid nephroscopes. This report includes the sale of new endoscopes as well as refurbished or repaired units. The refurbished endoscope market in this report refers to units that undergo maintenance or repair and includes repairs made by third-party re-processors.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be described as the frequent inability for a man to attain and sustain an erection; this could inhibit sexual intercourse and affect quality of life. Onset of ED can begin at the age of 40 and affects 18 to 30 million men. Occasional failure to achieve an erection is not uncommon but a prevalence of 50% or more of the time could be an indication that treatment is required. ED tends to increase with age but treatment can be sought at any age.
Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) procedures create drainage of urine from the upper part of the urinary system to an external urinary collection bag. This is accomplished by puncturing the skin and inserting a catheter, also known as a nephrostomy drainage tube, into the renal pelvis. Under normal circumstances, urine travels between the kidneys and bladder through the ureters. When a blockage prevents this flow, ureteral stents are usually threaded into the ureter as a solution. In cases where this is not the best option, a nephrostomy tube can be used to maintain a passageway between the skin and renal pelvis to facilitate drainage. Without treatment, pressure would build within the urinary system and cause kidney damage. Blockage can result from tumors, kidney stones and pyonephrosis or the infection of the renal pelvis and collecting system.
Internal radiation therapy (RTi), also known as brachytherapy, is a form or RT that puts the radioactive material inside the patient either via a catheter or a needle. In terms of its placement, RTi may be administered as intracavitary or interstitial. In the case of intracavitary, the radioactive material is placed inside a cavity in the body such as in the rectum or uterus; in the case of interstitial, the radioactive material is placed on/near the cancer but not inside a body cavity. The most common form of brachytherapy involves the placement of seeds inside the body involving differing durations and radioactivity. Each seed is approximately the size and shape of a small grain of rice.
This report suite defines intracorporeal non-lithotripsy procedures as endoscopic removal of stones without fragmenting them first with ISWL. These procedures use retrieval devices such as alligator forceps or grasping forceps to crush the stone and remove the fragments or remove the stones whole. In addition, stone retrieval devices can be used to clinch the stone while treatment is being applied. The size, shape and location of the stone as well as the lithotripter being used are the primary determinants of which devices will be used. Stone retrieval devices can be segmented into two varieties based on their material. In the past, stainless-steel stone removal baskets were the standard. However, the emergence of the nitinol basket has shifted the market despite the cost premium.
Urodynamic equipment is used to assess and diagnose urinary voiding dysfunction, typically incontinence and pelvic floor troubles, and is considered the leading procedure for quantitative evaluation. Urodynamic tests are performed using physical measurements, such as urine pressure and flow rate, as well as clinical assessment. The majority are non-invasive tests that are performed in an outpatient setting.
The procedures covered in this report suite includes urinary incontinence, stone management, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer treatment, urodynamic testing, nephrostomy and erectile dysfunction management procedures. Each category is further segmented into more specific procedure types.