US Market Report for Vaginal Slings 2017 – MedCore
Vaginal slings or urinary incontinence slings are medical devices placed under the urethra through a small incision to treat incontinence symptoms. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can be classified in three forms: intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD), urethral hypermobility or male loss of internal and external sphincter functionality. Slings are commonly used in women who have urethral hypermobility. A sling will stop the hypermobility, but the patient may still have stress urinary incontinence due to an intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD). ISD occurs when the urethral sphincter is unable to generate enough resting pressure to prevent urine from seeping out. Urethral hypermobility, also known as Type II SUI, is due to weakened anatomic urethral support, often caused by childbearing. Male loss of sphincter functionality is relatively rare. Vaginal slings directly compete with bulking agents; however, slings are considered the leading technology for treating SUI.
- Year: 2017
- Scope: 2013-2023
- Region: United States
- Published Date: 7/1/2017
- Pages: 527
- Type: MedCore
General Report Contents– Market Analyses include: Unit Sales, ASPs, Market Value & Growth Trends– Market Drivers & Limiters for each chapter segment– Competitive Analysis for each chapter segment– Section on recent mergers & acquisitionsThe total market for vaginal slings includes biologic and synthetic slings. While synthetic slings constitute the majority of this market, ongoing scrutiny by the FDA specifically towards synthetic slings has had a substantial negative impact on the vaginal sling market as a whole. As advertisements of the FDA concerns relating to the increased incidences of erosion after the implantation of synthetic slings increases, patients will become more reluctant to go forward with the procedure. The repercussions of this impact will extend throughout most of the forecast period before the market slowly begins to rebound.Synthetic slings have been the standard device used for the surgical treatment of urinary incontinence for several years but unit sales are expected to continue to decrease in response to the FDA warnings before partially recovering later in the forecast period. This segment was followed by biologic slings, which occupied a small portion of the vaginal sling market. This segment was somewhat adversely affected by the FDA warnings due to the medias negative portrayal of all vaginal slings, which led to a general negative stigma harbored by the public towards both synthetic and biologic vaginal slings. However, surgeons are aware that the biologic slings do not result in the same complications that have been associated with the synthetic slings, and will likely support the use of these biologic devices. This will benefit the biologic slings and promote continued growth of this segment.In the next few years, the biologic market will continue to grow at a faster pace than the synthetic market, however this trend will reverse itself by 2020. Most vaginal sling implantation procedures are performed on an in-patient basis; however, recently the trend has been moving towards out-patient surgery. This trend is due to the gaining popularity of single-incision slings and other easier to install versions of traditional vaginal sling devices that reduce the degree of invasiveness of the implantation procedure, often allowing for the surgery to be conducted in an out-patient setting.
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