Laparotomy (also known as celiotomy), is an abdominal surgical procedure in which large incision is made to gain access to abdominal cavity. This surgical procedure is performed to examine various abdominal organs such as stomach, intestine and liver for their proper functioning. Laparotomy also helps in diagnosing various abnormalities in the vital abdominal organs. Laparotomy when performed for diagnostic purposes, termed as exploratory laparotomy. Various disorders that can be identified and treated include colon cancer and peptic ulcer.
Laparotomy incision can be made via three ways that include midline incision, Kocher incision, Davis/Rockey-Davis incision, Pfannenstiel incision, lumbotomy and cherney incision. Among all these, midline incision is the most performed type of incision while Laparotomy. Midline incision can further be segmented as upper midline incision and lower midline incision. While performing Laparotomy, various medical entities such as needles, gloves and laparotomy sponges, are utilized by surgeons for maintaining hygiene at operation table and room. Laparotomy sponges, also known as laparotomy pads are absorbent pads that are utilized while performing surgeries on the abdomen.
Laparotomy sponges are utilized to absorb fluids around surgical filed in order to make clear visuals of organs while performing surgeries. These sponges are also utilized to apply pressure to stop bleeding since they help distribute pressure evenly around the surgical field. They are also utilized in combination with suction devices to keep the surgical area clean and dry for clear vision. Laparotomy sponges are available in the market as sterile laparotomy sponges and non-sterile laparotomy sponges. Based on type of medical procedure, laparotomy sponges can also be segmented as non-washed laparotomy sponges and pre-washed laparotomy sponges. The market for pre-washed laparotomy sponges accounted for the largest share of total laparotomy sponges market. This is due to the fact that they are utilized extensively while performing laparotomy sponge.
The market for laparotomy sponge is expected to witness high growth rate during the forecast period 2013 to 2019. This high growth is attributed to increasing number of laparotomy procedures across the globe. It has been estimated that in 2010, around 7,436,000 abdominal surgeries were performed in the U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, U.K., France and Italy and this number is expected to reach a count of nearly 8,109,000 surgeries by 2020. Similarly, rising incidences of abdominal disorders such as colon cancer and others will further accentuate the growth of laparotomy sponges market. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), every year around 96,830 new cases of colon cancer are reported in the U.S. Similarly, increasing geriatric population will also propel the growth of laparotomy sponges market since elderly people usually suffer from various abdominal disorders that require abdominal surgeries. According to an estimate of the World Health Organization (WHO), around 2 billion people belong to geriatric population by the end of 2050. Hence, all these mentioned parameters will undoubtedly augment the growth of laparotomy sponges market.
Despite all the aforementioned advantages, the growth of laparotomy sponges market may get hampered due to shifting trend towards minimally invasive and non-invasive surgeries that are performed with minimal and no incision in the body respectively. Hence, requirement of laparotomy sponges gets eliminated with increasing number of minimally invasive surgeries. Also, due to increasing incidences of accidently left behind laparotomy sponges post surgery by surgeons, hinders the growth of laparotomy sponges market.
The major players operating in the laparotomy sponges market include Kendall Healthcare, Medline Industries Inc. and Medical Action Industries Inc. amongst other significant players across the globe.
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