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Europe Urinary Drainage Bags Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product (Leg Bags and Large Capacity Bags), By Capacity (0-500 ml, 500-1000 ml, 1000-2000 ml, and More than 2000 ml), By Number of Chambers (Single Chamber, 2-chambers, and 3-chambers), By End-user (Hospital, Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Home Care, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2022-2029

Last Updated: July 01, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI101419



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The Europe urinary drainage bags market size was valued at USD 524.1 million in 2021 and is projected to grow from USD 547.6 million in 2022 to USD 757.6 million by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Based on our analysis, the Europe urinary drainage bags market exhibited a slower growth of 2.7% in 2020 as compared to 2019. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with urinary drainage bags experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across Europe compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Urinary drainage bags are used for collecting urine and are attached to a catheter inside the bladder. It is commonly used in cases of urinary incontinence, urinary retention, the surgery that has made a catheter necessary, or other health problems. The growing prevalence and increasing incidences of urinary incontinence have led to a substantial demand for urinary drainage bags in European countries. For instance, as per the National Health Service (NHS) estimates published in 2021, around 3.0 to 6.0 million people in the U.K. may have some degree of urinary incontinence.

Additionally, various government and non-government organizations are helping to overcome the stigma regarding urinary incontinence. According to an article published by Sage Journals in 2021, all urinary catheters and accessories, including urine drainage bags, are classified under the monitor code ‘A1535 catheters’ and are subcategorized by different ISO codes in the Netherlands. This is anticipated to lead to the greater adoption of these products as it eases the process of reimbursement. Furthermore, favorable reimbursement policies and rising healthcare expenditure by the government are also expected to drive the market growth.


How did the COVID-19 Pandemic Exert a Slightly Negative Impact on the European Market?

During the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020, there was a decline in the number of urological services or consultations conducted in Europe. This was further supplemented by manufacturing and supply chain issues and a decrease in the number of visits leading to reduced usage of these devices. For instance, according to the 2020 data published by PubMed, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted urological care and urology providers in Europe. There was a drop in urological services due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, despite the various restrictions of the pandemic, the market was not majorly affected as the urological surgeries were still carried out under European guidelines.

Furthermore, the pandemic has slightly impacted the sales of incontinence products across Europe. In 2021, the Europe market witnessed strong prospects due to the resumption of normal healthcare activities in almost all countries due to the overall easing of COVID-19 restrictions in 2021. The company, Coloplast A/S, which has a strong presence in the European market due to its broad incontinence portfolio, witnessed an increase in its revenues in 2021 compared to 2020. For instance, their continence care segment experienced a rise of 2.7% in 2021 compared to FY 2020.


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How is the Development of Bacteriostatic Infection Control Urinary Drainage Bags and Other Advanced Products Creating Opportunities in the Market?

This market is witnessing a shift toward developing bacteria-resistant urinary drainage bags to decrease the cases of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI). Based on intensive research, some new products have been entering the market with bacteriostatic features in recent years. The bacteriostatic collection system is infused with an antimicrobial agent to repel pathogens.

For instance, Bard Medical, a division of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), offers products such as an infection control urinary drainage bag with an anti-reflux chamber and microbicidal outlet tube, which are helpful for CAUTI.

Additionally, various key players are launching advanced offerings such as drainage bags with sensors embedded to help in an early warning for blocked catheters and automatic urine meters in the market that will cater to the unmet demands of the patients. Such market trends are set to impel market expansion during the Europe urinary drainage bags market forecast period.


How is the Increasing Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence Coupled with Growing Number of Hospitalizations Driving Market Growth? 

The rising prevalence of urinary incontinence in various European nations has increased the demand for these products. Also, urinary incontinence (UI) is common amongst pregnant women. According to an article by Springer Link in January 2021, a systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted, and the mean (weighted) prevalence was calculated based on 44 included studies. This analysis states that the prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) in pregnant women was 41.0% (range of 9–75%) in the U.K. Thus, this situation has led to the rising demand for these products. 

Furthermore, increased cases of urinary retention (inability to urinate) and surgical procedures that have made a urinary catheter necessary have led to strong demand for these products. The patients who undergo surgeries for conditions including kidney stones and urinary tract infections also require these products. Thus, the rising number of hospitalizations has raised the demand for these products. Hence, the aforementioned aspects are significant drivers of the Europe market.   

How is the Growing Geriatric Population Boosting Product Adoption?

One of the distinct factors predicted to drive the growth is the growing geriatric population in Europe. Aging leads to changes in the lower urinary system, which include high residual urine volume, reduced rate of detrusor muscle contraction, decreased pelvic floor muscle resistance, and reduced bladder capacity & feeling of fullness. According to an article by Eurostat, in 2022, more than one-fifth (20.8%) of the population in the European Union was 65 and over 2021. Thus, urinary drainage bags are expected to gain robust demand due to the rising geriatric population in Europe.

Furthermore, a significant rise in chronic ailments, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, in the elderly population is estimated to propel the market growth rate. Additionally, the increasing number of beds in nurse care facilities for the elderly population is estimated to increase the adoption of such products in these institutions. Therefore, incorporating such novel services for the elderly will firmly impel the Europe market expansion.


How are Cheaper Alternatives Coupled with Social Stigma Regarding Urinary Incontinence Hindering Growth Prospects?

Despite the increased need for incontinence care amongst the patient population, one of the substantial hindrances to market growth is the stigma and embarrassment surrounding this disorder. According to an article published by the European Association of Urology (EAU) in September 2021, the survey commissioned by EAU reveals that urinary incontinence (UI) is a common issue affecting 10.0% to 20.0% of individuals across Europe. A total of 3,029 men and women in the age group of 18 years and above in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands were surveyed, and nearly 30.0% percent were uncomfortable talking about it.

Additionally, alternative, cheaper, and more convenient forms of treatment for urinary incontinence, such as adult diapers, will likely restrain the market growth. Adult diapers are also convenient to change and do not require assistance from a medical professional. They can also be used for patients suffering from fecal incontinence, especially elderly patients with dementia and other neurological disorders. The aforementioned factors are responsible for hampering product adoption, in turn, restraining the market expansion to a considerable extent.


By Product Analysis

Leg Bags Segment Share to Rise Driven by Escalating Product Adoption

Based on product, the market is segmented into leg bags and large capacity bags. The leg bags segment held a dominant market share owing to the various design formats that enable patients to change these products without the need for any assistance. The segment growth is further driven by an increasing number of kidney surgeries. According to an article published by the Journal of Medical Economics in 2020, the number of cases registered in primary care settings increased and the hospital incidence of chronic kidney disease was 10.72 per 10,000 people in Spain.

The large capacity bags segment is expected to witness positive growth prospects due to numerous benefits such as less frequent emptying. Additional factors favoring industry expansion comprise the ease of usage at night when no movement is required, lesser dependency on caregivers for urine bag emptying, and comparatively lesser costs than leg bags.

By Capacity Analysis

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500-1000 ml Segment to Dominate Owing to Increased Product Usage

Based on capacity, the Europe market is segmented into 0-500 ml, 500-1000 ml, 1000-2000 ml, and more than 2000 ml. The 500-1000 ml segment held a dominant Europe urinary drainage bags market share attributed to the broad range of product offerings.  The segment growth is impelled by the rising healthcare expenditure among European countries and increased prostate cancer cases. As per a report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2020, among 57,000 cases, approximately 36.0% of patients are of prostate cancer in Sweden. Urinary incontinence condition occurs in men who've had surgery for prostate cancer.

The 1000-2000 ml segment is expected to account for the second-largest market share due to its rising adoption and robust volume range. These bags offer ample volume and space for collecting urine, providing maximum patient safety, which leads to greater adoption. The 0-500 ml segment is anticipated to account for the third-largest market share due to increasing adoption and the rising number of hospitalizations. The more than 2000 ml segment is expected to account for a lower market share during the forecast period.

By Number of Chambers Analysis

Single Chamber Segment to Register Lucrative Growth Due to Growing Product Adoption 

Based on the number of chambers, the Europe market is segmented into single chamber, 2-chambers, and 3-chambers. The single chamber segment held a dominant market share and is expected to record commendable growth over the forecast period. The upsurge can be credited to the extensive product offerings by significant players, which is a contributing factor to the segment growth.

The 2-chambers segment is anticipated to hold the second leading position during the forecast period. The growing adoption of 2 chamber urine bags is due to the demand for advanced products such as multi-chamber urinary bags amongst healthcare providers in Europe. The 3-chambers segment is anticipated to account for a lower market share due to a few product offerings in this segment, which limits its widespread adoption.

By End-user Analysis

Hospitals Segment Share to Rise Driven by Large Volume of Surgical Procedures

Based on end-user, the market is segmented into hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, home care, and others. The hospitals segment dominated the market and is projected to grow as hospitals are the primary care centers for treatment and surgical procedures. Furthermore, favorable health reimbursement and a rising number of hospitals in Europe are crucial reasons for the growth of the hospitals segment.  For instance, as per statistics published by Expatica in 2022, 1,400 hospitals in France provide reimbursement for up to 70.0% of medical fees and 80.0% of hospital costs. Thus, the rising number of hospitals and favorable reimbursement policies augment the segment growth.

The clinics segment accounts for the second-largest share. The rising number of gynecological and urological surgeries is anticipated to contribute to the segmental expansion. The ambulatory surgical centers and home care segments are expected to witness growth prospects due to the rising number of surgical procedures and home care services. According to the statistics published by the Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis) in 2020, a total of 14,688 home care service centers are in Germany. The others segment held the lowest market share in 2021 but will grow by exhibiting the fastest CAGR during the forecast period.


Based on region, the Europe market is segmented into Germany, France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal, rest of Nordic, and the rest of Europe.

The Germany urinary drainage bags market size stood at USD 134.3 million in 2021 and the country is projected to have a dominant share in the Europe market during the forecast period. Germany dominates the Europe market due to a substantial number of surgical procedures, rapid adoption of advanced offerings, and favorable reimbursement policies.  

The France market held the second-largest market in 2021. The growth can be attributed to the rising prevalence of urological disorders and the strong sales of these products. Thus, the soaring patient pool is likely to favor the industry growth.

The U.K. market is estimated to develop at a remarkable pace over the study period. The rising awareness amongst the populace regarding urinary incontinence effectively contributes to the increased adoption of these products. The Italy market is anticipated to grow exponentially due to the increasing geriatric population in Italy, effectively contributing to the prevalence of chronic diseases since the aged population is more susceptible to urinary incontinence. For instance, as per an article by Eurostat in 2020, among the EU member states, the highest share of the elderly population was observed in Italy (22.8%) in 2019.

Further, Poland, Ukraine, and Portugal held a comparatively lesser market share. However, these are expected to witness significant growth prospects due to the rising awareness and improvement of government policies in these emerging countries.


Coloplast A/S to Lead the European Market Due to a Diversified Portfolio and Strong Product Sales

The market is consolidated as a few players hold a significant market share. Industry leader Coloplast A/S holds a dominant market position with a strong portfolio and a robust geographical presence across Europe. At the same time, the second dominating player in the Europe market is Manfred Sauer GmbH. The company has a strong market presence in key European markets by maintaining its robust distribution network.

The other market players, such as CliniSupplies Ltd, BD, B. Braun, ConvaTec Ltd, and others, also generated significant sales. The market has been marked by the absence of major product launches in recent years; however, the emergence of domestic players in Europe is expected to create the impetus to support the growth of these companies.   



  • June 2022: Hollister Incorporated signed a three-year group purchasing agreement with Vizient Inc. for its urological products.

  • July 2021: Clinisupplies Ltd (Healthium Medtech Limited) acquired VitalCare Group, intending to expand its urology franchise in Europe and other developed markets.

  • November 2020: Coloplast A/S acquired Nine Continents Medical, Inc. The company Nine Continents Medical, Inc develops an innovative solution for overactive bladder (OAB).

  • November 2019: Clinisupplies Ltd (Healthium Medtech Limited) launched a new range of urology products in the Netherlands. Their new Urilite range will include a wide choice of leading urology portfolios, including SensaCath ISC, Leg Bags, Catheters, and accessories.

  • July 2019: Clinisupplies Ltd. announced its partnership with Alliance Healthcare to distribute an extensive range of urology and ostomy products for customers in the U.K. The association is anticipated to expand the customer base of the company.


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The Europe urinary drainage bags market report provides a detailed industry analysis. The research report is segmented by product, capacity, number of chambers, end-user, and geography. The market analysis focuses on key aspects such as market dynamics, several urology & gynecology surgeries, technological advancements, key industry developments - mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, key industry trends, margin - distributor, pharmacist, pricing analysis, major market players, and COVID-19 pandemic impact on the Europe market. Besides, the report includes insights into the company share analysis - by country and Europe healthcare overview. Additionally, the report encompasses numerous factors and market statistics contributing to the market's growth.

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By Product, Capacity, Number of Chambers, End-user, and Region

By Product

  • Leg Bags

  • Large Capacity Bags

By Capacity

  • 0-500 ml

  • 500-1000 ml

  • 1000-2000 ml

  • More than 2000 ml

By Number of Chambers

  • Single Chamber

  • 2-chambers

  • 3-chambers

By End-user

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers

  • Home Care

  • Others

By Region

  • Germany (By Product, By Capacity, By Number of Chambers, By End-user)

  • France (By Product, By Capacity, By Number of Chambers, By End-user)

  • U.K. (By Product, By Capacity, By Number of Chambers, By End-user)

  • Italy (By Product, By Capacity, By Number of Chambers, By End-user)

  • Spain (By Product, By Capacity, By Number of Chambers, By End-user)

  • Netherlands (By Product)

  • Sweden (By Product)

  • Switzerland (By Product)

  • Poland (By Product)

  • Ukraine (By Product)

  • Portugal (By Product)

  • Rest of Nordic (By Product)

  • Rest of Europe

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the Europe market stood at USD 524.1 million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 757.6 million by 2029.

The market value stood at USD 524.1 million in 2021.

In 2021, Germany was projected to hold the highest market share in Europe.

The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period (2022-2029).

By capacity, the 500-1000 ml segment will lead the Europe market.

The growing prevalence of urinary incontinence among the general population, rising number of hospitalizations, increasing reimbursement, and advanced product offerings are the key drivers of the market.

Coloplast A/S, MANFRED SAUER GMBH, and Hollister Incorporated are the major players in the market.

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