NEW YORK, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of surgical procedures worldwide has grown to exceed 232 million annually, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research firm said that less than 20% of these are performed in the United States, indicating a large world market for healthcare services and medical devices. The number of surgical procedures continues to climb with the growing and aging population in many regions of the world. A concentration on earlier intervention for the prevention of disease will also impact procedure volumes for many areas, according to Kalorama's latest report, Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis.
Kalorama's report indicates that global procedures will grow about 1.5% per year for the next five years.
"Of these, the majority of operations are in the area of obstetrics and gynecology, digestive/gastrointestinal tract procedures, and orthopedics," said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information.
Asia Pacific is a region to watch, according to the report. But worldwide, the development of safe practices and improved tools have allowed physicians to perform surgical procedures faster and safer than at any other time in history and has also reduced surgical procedure costs. Rapid adoption of laparoscopy in the 1990s has continued to drive more effective surgeries. However, as with any industry, there are trends that continue to emerge due to advancement of technologies and issues that restrain the industry from moving forward with those advancements, such as group buying and changed reimbursement.
A few trends are apparent. New diagnostic instruments and assays provide earlier intervention and can reduce complications and irreversible health damage. This is slowly increasing the number of surgical procedures on a global scale. Greater emphasis is needed for improved education and collaboration with regulatory authorities.
"Surgeries will continue to improve," said Carlson "Coordinated training in surgical applications, technology and techniques -- mechanical, imaging and visualization skills are part of the surgery process now."
The report, Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis, contains information on these and other trends, as well as multi-country estimates for common surgical procedures and global numbers for over 40 procedures. The report can be found at: http://www.kaloramainformation.com/Surgical-Procedure-Volumes-10066150/.
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