Computer-aided surgery products market bound to reach $2.6 billion by 2010

Foothill Ranch 13 August 2002Growth in the market for devices and systems related to computer-aided surgery (CAS) is being driven in great part by the gains realised in patient benefits, according to the August 2002 issue of MedMarkets. Also covered in the same issue is the recent innovation in arthroscopy for hip and knee replacement.


"Gains in the $600 million CAS market are expected to be substantial, while the market will likely reach $2.6 billion by 2010", stated Patrick J. Driscoll, Publisher of MedMarkets. CAS is directly driving procedure growth, especially for minimally invasive procedures, and is driving growth in the market for virtual reality training systems and pre-operative planning, as well as for intra-operative visualisation, according to Mr. Driscoll.

The largest CAS segment, which is also growing fastest, is for systems and equipment related to medical imaging and computer-aided diagnosis. The companies involved in this industry are many and varied. They include Analyze Direct, Bioluminate, Bonecraft, BrainLAB, CASurgica, CARCAS Group, Cedera, Given Imaging, The Interventional Centre, Intuitive Surgical, Invivo Research, Interactive Visualization Systems, Karl Storz, Khoral Research, MISON, Motion Analysis, Olympus America, Stryker, Vasamedics, Vista Medical Technologies, Vaytek, and Volume Interactions.

Related market segments are growing as well, including image processing and display; robotics and instrument guiding systems; surgical simulation and education; computer-assisted therapy; and operating room management and telemedicine.

In particular, the market for unicompartmental knee replacement devices is expected to grow from just 5000 units two years ago to between 20.000 and 25.000 this year. The key companies leading this market include Biomet; Zimmer; and Centerpulse, formerly SulzerMedica. In addition, Zimmer and Stryker Howmedica Osteonics are competing for position in the market for minimally invasive total knee replacements.

MedMarkets, published by MedMarket Diligence, analyses the market and clinical practice implications of developments in medical technology such as medical devices, equipment and supplies as well as biomaterials, biotech, pharmaceutical, e-health and others. In addition to MedMarkets, the company publishes dedicated market and technology reports, and is developing other information solutions.

Leslie Versweyveld

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