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The global advanced wound care market size was valued at USD 11.38 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow from USD 11.97 billion in 2023 to USD 17.48 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period.
Various studies estimate that around 1% to 2% of the population in the developed countries will suffer from a chronic wound once in their lifetime. Besides, developing countries present a large pool of patients suffering from chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers, among others. The rising number of patients undergoing surgeries globally has led to the surge in the patient population suffering from surgical wounds. A chronic wound can be classified as one that fails to progress through the phases of healing in an orderly and timely sequence and shows no significant improvement in 30 days.
In contrast, acute wounds heal through the routine process of inflammation, tissue formation, and remodeling in a short duration. The wound care products such as NPWT, skin grafts, and substitutes are designed exclusively to treat chronic and acute wounds.
The rising prevalence of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, limited mobility, vascular conditions, and others, increases patients' risk of developing chronic wounds. Among all wound types, diabetic foot ulcer is one of the most common types of chronic wounds affecting people across the globe. Moreover, the rising number of traumas, accidents, and surgeries leads to acute wounds. Thus, the increasing cases of chronic and acute wounds surge the demand for these products, propelling the global advanced wound care market growth in the forthcoming years.
According to an NCBI article published in 2021, approximately 310 million surgeries are performed each year across the globe. Out of these, about 40-50 million surgeries are performed in the U.S. and about 20 million in Europe.
Thus, rising surgical procedures, along with various other factors, are anticipated to propel market growth.
Pandemic Period Recorded Decline in Demand for Advanced Wound Care Products Owing to Cancellation of Non-emergency Surgical Procedures
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain medical device segments is expected to be more pronounced due to the slowdown in non-emergency procedures and healthcare services. More than 2 million non-emergency procedures were canceled in the U.K. to free up healthcare resources to fight against the pandemic. Similarly, hospitals in the U.S. saw a 30-60% decline in hospital visits after the announcement of coronavirus as a pandemic in 2020.
Countries globally had reallocated healthcare resources, such as hospital beds, nurses, essential personnel, and medical devices, to manage COVID-19 patients. This has resulted in the exemption of wound care from the essential procedures list and implementation in the elective procedures list in most countries. Healthcare facilities, including specialized wound care clinics and hospitals with dedicated advanced wound care departments, were closed with the number of beds available in these settings as they are utilized for COVID-19 patients. This has significantly impacted the number of patient visits to wound centers and outpatient departments, especially in the U.S. and European countries.
However, the market regained normalcy in the post-pandemic period due to the resumption of various surgeries, increase in patient visits, and rising demand for these products. Additionally, the key manufacturers operating also witnessed an increase in their revenues in 2021 as compared to 2020.
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Shifting Focus to Introduce Active Therapies for Wound Management
Currently, patients across the globe are seeking urgent and effective treatment for chronic wounds comprising pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and venous ulcers, among others. Active wound care products, including biological skin equivalents and growth factors have an established and clinically proven efficiency in the treatment of hard-to-heal chronic wounds. To cater to the rising demand, the key players are shifting their focus to introduce novel bioactives in the market. For instance:
Thus, the launch and approval of next-generation active wound care products by various players have been instrumental in boosting the adoption of skin grafts, collagen dressings, and other active therapies. This factor is anticipated to support the growth of the market during the advanced wound care market forecast period.
Rising Prevalence of Chronic and Acute Wounds to Fuel Demand for Dressings and Devices
The increasing prevalence of chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and acute wounds, including surgical, and traumatic wounds globally, is expected to increase the number of patients undergoing treatment for chronic wounds. Moreover, the increasing burden of chronic disorders among the old-age population and the rising number of accidents are the major factors leading to an increase in the population suffering from various wounds, aiding the market growth.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2022 report, the number of people over 60 years old will increase from 1 billion in 2020 to 2.1 billion by 2050.
Also, the launch of technologically advanced products with better wound healing properties compared to traditional wound care products is expected to bolster the market growth.
High Cost Associated with Devices and Active Therapies to Limit their Adoption
Despite higher prevalence of chronic and acute wounds globally, certain factors are limiting the market growth. Among them is the high cost associated with advanced wound products and limited reimbursement for these products in emerging countries. According to an economic analysis between wound dressings and NPWT, the average cost of NPWT pumps in the U.S. is around USD 90, while that of wound dressing is around USD 3.
Although various studies have demonstrated that the overall cost of treatment by wound dressings is comparatively higher (estimated at USD 350) than NWPT (estimated at USD 200) per person, these costs are higher when compared to traditional wound dressings. The cost of treatment is higher for advanced wound care devices, including negative pressure wound therapy and skin grafts, and the cost escalates as the wound progresses from acute to chronic.
Additionally, the lack of adequate reimbursement policies, especially in emerging countries, has limited the adoption of products and devices. A significant proportion of the overall cost of treatment in emerging countries is out-of-pocket cost, which further limits the uptake of advanced wound dressings and devices for treating chronic wounds. Considering the above factors, people in these regions prefer traditional wound care products to advanced ones.
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High Efficiency and Lower Cost to Propel Advanced Wound Dressings Demand
Based on product type, the market is segmented into advanced wound dressings, wound care devices, and active wound care. The advanced wound dressings segment dominated the market share in 2022. The lower cost of wound dressings and its high efficiency in exudate management of wounds are expected to boost its adoption. Further, the launch of new advanced wound dressing products with enhanced properties is projected to contribute to the market growth.
The active wound care segment is likely to register a substantial CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing applications of active therapies, such as skin grafts and biologics, for treating hard-to-heal chronic wounds. The benefits associated with active dressings, such as prevention of heat loss, protein and electrolyte loss, and permitting autolytic debridement, among others are contributing to market growth. An additional factor includes increase in research & development to introduce various active wound care products.
However, the wound care devices segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecast period due to the increasing number of market players engaged in introducing advanced devices such as single-use NPWT in the global market.
Diabetic Foot Ulcers Segment Dominated the Market Owing to Higher Prevalence and High Cost of Treatment
On the basis of indication, the market is categorized into diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and others. The diabetic foot ulcers segment dominated the market owing to the rising prevalence of diabetes across the globe. According to various research, patients suffering from uncontrolled diabetes are at a higher risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers, further contributing to the rising demand for advanced wound care products among these patients.
The surgical wounds segment is anticipated to project a significant CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increase in the number of surgical procedures coupled with the increasing incidences of surgical site infections (SSI) among patients.
Rising Number of Admissions to Propel Hospitals Segment Growth
In terms of end user, the market is segmented into hospitals, clinics, homecare settings, and others. The hospitals segment held a dominant market share and is anticipated to continue its dominance. The dominance is due to increased hospital admissions of patients suffering from acute or chronic wounds. The clinics segment is expected to exhibit a remarkable CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing stand-alone clinics in emerging and developed countries.
Furthermore, the homecare settings segment may register substantial growth by the end of the forecast period owing to the rising preference shift of patients from hospital to homecare settings.
North America Advanced Wound Care Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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The market size in North America stood at USD 4.79 billion in 2022. Rising prevalence of acute and chronic wounds and higher treatment costs associated with pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and surgical wounds is expected to boost adoption. For instance, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimations, the total medical cost for managing pressure ulcers in the U.S. ranged from USD 9.1 to USD 11.6 billion per year. Furthermore, adequate reimbursement policies in the U.S. and Canada are responsible for North America’s dominance in the market.
The Europe market is expected to grow at a significant CAGR over the forecast period. This is due to rising awareness regarding the availability of treatment for chronic wounds and the surging demand for these products.
The Asia Pacific market is expected to exhibit healthy growth over the estimated period. This is on account of increasing per capita healthcare spending. In addition, market players in this region make heavy investments, which, in turn, will fuel the demand for advanced products for wound management. Furthermore, rising government initiatives to raise awareness for proper wound management are also expected to raise the adoption of these products.
The Latin America and the Middle East & Africa markets accounted for a comparatively lower advanced wound care market share due to their underpenetrated markets. However, the increase in cases of acute and chronic wounds due to trauma, chronic illness, and accidents and rising market players’ efforts to expand their geographical reach in the regions are a few factors contributing to the market growth in the coming years.
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3M, Smith & Nephew, and ConvaTec to Lead the Market Owing to Strong Product Portfolio
The market is consolidated due to a strong product portfolio and remarkable distribution networks of major companies in emerging and developed countries. Smith & Nephew, ConvaTec, Inc., and 3M lead the market, accounting for a dominant revenue share in 2022.
However, the lack of strong barriers to entry may lead to a rising entry of domestic players in the worldwide market. This factor is expected to lead to a slightly fragmented market by the end of 2030.
Other key players include Integra Life Sciences, MiMedx, Coloplast Corp, Derma Sciences Inc., Tissue Regenix, Mölnlycke Health Care AB, and Organogenesis Inc., which also entered the market with advanced wound care products. The introduction of innovative products, such as NPWT and advanced wound dressings, and significant investments in developing bioactive therapies for treatment are some of the major strategies enabling companies to boost their market position.
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CAGR of 5.6% from 2023-2030
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market stood at USD 11.38 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 17.48 billion by 2030.
In 2022, North America stood at USD 4.79 billion.
The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2023-2030).
Based on product type, the advanced wound dressings segment will lead the market.
Increasing prevalence of chronic and acute wounds, rising geriatric population, and introduction of wound care products by market players are the major factors driving the growth of the market. Additionally, launch of advanced technologies by market players, such as active therapies and NPWT, is expected to drive the product adoption in the global market.
Smith & Nephew, 3M, and ConvaTec Group PLC are the top players in the market.
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