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Microsurgery Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product Type (Operating Microscopes and Microsurgical Instruments), By Application (Spinal & Neuro Surgery, Ophthalmology Surgery, Otolaryngology Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Others), By End-user (Hospital and ASCs, Specialty Clinics, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Region : Global | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106936



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The global microsurgery market size was valued at USD 2.23 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 2.34 billion in 2023 to USD 3.33 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period.

Microsurgery is a specialized surgical technique that uses microscopes and micro instruments to perform procedures, such as neurosurgeries, plastic surgeries, ENT & reconstructive surgeries, and dental surgeries. The increasing number of such procedures in hospitals and specialty clinics and rising demand for reconstructive and tissue transplant procedures among the young population are expected to boost the demand for microsurgeries.

  • According to an article published by the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Databank in April 2022, the number of cosmetic surgeries went up by 54% in 2021 as compared to 2020.

Moreover, the increasing research and development activities among market players to develop novel and effective tools and microscopes for microsurgeries is expected to spur the global microsurgery market growth.


Lockdown Restrictions Imposed During Pandemic Negatively Impacted the Market Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the market. The temporary shutdown of plastic surgery clinics and other non-emergency surgery clinics and higher focus of healthcare providers on COVID-19 patients were responsible for the market’s slow growth during this period. The lockdown restrictions imposed by governments across various regions resulted in the cancellation or postponement of non-emergency surgical procedures and reduced the number of patient visits to hospitals and clinics. This scenario decreased the demand for microsurgeries among the patient population globally.

The key players operating in the market witnessed a decline in their annual revenue due to the decreased demand for microsurgical instruments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For instance, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG suffered a decline in its revenue by 8.7%, particularly in the second half of 2020, due to the restrictions imposed to minimize the spread of infections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the ease in lockdown restrictions and rise in the number of patients visiting clinics and hospitals significantly boosted the market growth in 2021. Also, the delay in postponed surgeries from pandemic resulted in the slow recovery of the market in 2021. However, the market is anticipated to witness robust growth during the forecast period of 2023-30.


Technological Advancements in Microsurgeries to Boost Market Growth

The rising adoption of microsurgical procedures due to the advantages offered, such as better stereoscopic vision during miniature surgeries, minimum loss of blood, increased physical comfort, and minimized efforts & time of surgeons are the significant factors contributing to the increasing number of microsurgeries.

Similarly, the increased focus of key players on developing novel microsurgical instruments for digitized and robotic microsurgical procedures are significant factors boosting the preference of surgeons for advanced microsurgical tools and microscopes.

  • In May 2022, MMI announced the launch of its Symani Surgical System Simulator developed by VirtaMed. The simulator will further help improve, expand, and digitize the pathways for training offered by Symani as surgeons prepare to enhance their microsurgery skills by using robotics.

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Rising Cases of Accident-Related Injuries to Drive Demand for Microsurgical Devices

The growing number of accident cases and other fatal injuries is one of the leading causes for the rising patient population across the world. For instance, in June 2022, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20 to 50 million people suffered non-fatal injuries during accidents, with many incurring a disability due to the injury.

Injuries to soft tissues of the hand and upper extremities that require reconstructive microsurgery for treatment are major factors contributing to the rise in demand for microsurgical devices globally.

  • According to a research article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in February 2020, traumatic hand injury is common, accounting for 6.6-28.6% of accident and emergency care visits. According to the same article, in the U.S., an analysis of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) database showed a higher rate of finger injuries than that of wrist or shoulder injuries.

Furthermore, the rising incidence of such accidents has led to a surge in the number of patients undergoing microsurgical procedures.

  • According to an article published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in October 2021, an estimated 23.9% of the injuries were work-related injuries, 43.8% of the total patients were admitted to a hospital, and 58.2% of the patients underwent a surgical procedure.

Therefore, these factors are anticipated to boost the demand for microsurgical tools and devices, leading to the growth of this market during the forecast period.

Innovative Product Launches to Propel the Demand for Microsurgical Devices

The rising number of major injuries globally is one of the key factors contributing to the growing demand for microsurgeries. The rising demand for microsurgical devices by healthcare providers has increased the focus of market players on developing innovative microsurgical instruments and operating microscopes to treat such conditions through surgeries.

  • In September 2022, Medical Microinstruments Inc. announced the launch of new Supermicro NanoWrist Instruments to be used with the Symani Surgical System. The product was developed specifically to address the challenges of microsurgery.

Moreover, the rising partnerships and collaborations among prominent market players and research organizations to launch innovative devices for microsurgeries is expected to support the adoption of novel treatments among healthcare providers.

  • For instance, in April 2022, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG announced the acquisition of two manufacturers of surgical instruments, Kogent Surgical, LLC and Katalyst Surgical, LLC, to further to strengthen its position as a medical instrument solution provider.

The increasing number of surgeons adopting microsurgery techniques for various surgeries and several initiatives to launch innovative microsurgical instruments are expected to spur the growth of the market during the forecast period.


High Surgery Costs and Lack of Reimbursement to Challenge Market Growth

There are several clinical benefits of microsurgeries, such as higher effectiveness, greater safety, lower risk of infections, and others. However, limitations, such as higher cost and greater out-of-pocket spending is anticipated to restrict the growth of the market. High cost of operating microscopes limits their adoption in the healthcare facilities, especially in emerging countries.

Furthermore, the healthcare system of emerging countries, such as Brazil, Mexico, and Africa suffers from lower awareness rate and diagnosis of health conditions, lowering the rate of treatment and surgeries. The lack of reimbursement policies also hinders the patients' adoption of high-cost surgical procedures. Therefore, the increasing gap between the patient and microsurgery, and higher out-of-pocket expenditure is expected to lower the adoption of microsurgeries worldwide.


By Product Type Analysis

Operating Microscopes to Gain Traction Owing to Rising Research & Development by Market Players

By product type, the market is segmented into microsurgical instruments and operating microscopes. The microsurgical instruments segment is further divided into microscissors & microforceps, microsutures, and others.

The operating microscopes segment held a significant market share in 2022 and expected to grow at highest CAGR due to the increasing number of surgeons conducting microsurgeries using microscopes for better and more effective visualization during surgeries. Moreover, the rising number of regulatory approvals and novel product launches by major companies will contribute to the segment's growth.

  • For example, in November 2020, Leica Microsystems announced the launch of its next-generation EnFocus intraoperative Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) solution, which was built into the Proveo 8 ophthalmic microscope. The new invention was developed to support surgical workflow and help ophthalmic surgeons conduct focused surgery.

The microsurgical instrument segment dominates in the market and is expected to register a significant CAGR during the forecast period. The benefits of these surgical instruments, such as force-free incisions, minimal tissue trauma, and better surgical outcomes are predicted to increase the demand for surgical microscopes.

By Application Analysis

Increasing Awareness about Microsurgeries in Ophthalmology to Drive Market Growth

Based on application, the market is segmented into neuro & spine surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology surgery, ophthalmology surgery, and others.

The ophthalmology surgery segment held the highest global microsurgery market share considering the increasing demand for microsurgical instruments for eye surgeries due to the higher requirement of microscopic images in such miniature procedures.

Furthermore, the rising focus of major market players on developing new and technologically advanced microsurgical devices and instruments in ophthalmic procedures is expected to drive the segment growth during the forecast period.

  • For instance, in April 2019, Carl Zeiss Meditech AG unveiled the Artevo 800, the first digital microscope for ophthalmic surgery. The device claimed to offer better accuracy while conducting the procedure by providing the best resolution, comfort, and workflow in the operating room.

The neuro & spine surgery segment is expected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to factors, such as the high requirement of operating microscopes in such miniature surgeries and increasing number of neurosurgeries worldwide.

  • According to the article published by NCBI in October 2021, an estimated 22.6 million patients suffer from neurological disorders or injuries that further need a neurosurgeon's expertise, of which 13.8 million require surgery.

Additionally, the rising focus of key players on developing and launching new microsurgery devices used in spine and neurosurgeries for better visualization and smoother surgical procedures is fueling the segment’s growth.

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By End-user Analysis

Specialty Clinics to Register Highest CAGR Owing to High Adoption of Microsurgical Instruments

Based on end-user, the market is segmented into hospitals & ASCs, specialty clinics, and others.

The specialty clinics segment is expected to register the highest CAGR owing to the increased focus on using microscopes in surgeries. This factor is leading to a notable rise in the adoption of surgical microscopes in specialty clinics, which is anticipated to propel the segment’s growth.

The hospitals & ASCs segment dominated the market in 2022 and is anticipated to witness significant CAGR during the forecast period. The rising frequency of patient visits to hospitals and specialty clinics for various microsurgeries is one of the major reasons responsible for the segment’s growth. The increasing adoption of microsurgical devices and instruments in hospitals across developed and emerging countries, such as China and Japan is an important factor contributing to the segment's growth.

  • For instance, in February 2022, K J Somaiya Hospital acquired a new Leica-F50 microscope to assist doctors in different types of surgeries, such as otolaryngology surgery, neurosurgery, microsurgery, and plastic surgery to carry out surgical procedures with a high level of precision.


North America Microsurgery Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)

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North America accounted for the highest market share and generated a revenue of USD 0.96 billion in 2022. The region is expected to dominate the market in the upcoming years as well owing to the rising number of surgical procedures including nerve repair, nerve grafting, blood vessel repair, and free tissue transfers and higher rate of surgeries through microsurgical instruments. Moreover, increased focus on getting approval from regulatory bodies for the use of surgical microscopes by surgeons is also responsible for driving the market’s growth in the region.

  • For instance, in April 2019, Leica Microsystems received the DeNovo Clearance from the U.S. FDA to commercialize its FL400 surgical microscope. The microscope is specially built for differentiating malignant glioma tissue from normal brain tissue.

Europe accounted for a substantial share of this market. Rising demand for minimally invasive surgical techniques in the region, high adoption of sanitary surgical procedures by surgeons, and rising efforts by key players operating in the market to expand their geographical footprint are expected to drive the market’s expansion in the region.

Asia Pacific is expected to record a significant CAGR during the forecast period owing to a rise in the percentage of the geriatric population prone to developing various chronic conditions, which further requires surgeries for treatment. Growing strategic and planned initiatives by companies across the region, rising awareness among the patient population regarding new and recent microsurgical treatments, and comparatively lower treatment & surgery costs in the region are factors supporting the regional market’s growth.

However, the rest of the world accounted for a comparatively lower market share due to the awareness programs initiated by government bodies and other private organizations, which increased the number of microsurgeries across the regions.


Introduction of Advanced Microsopes by Carl Zeiss Meditech AG and Baxter to Spur Market Growth

Carl Zeiss Meditech AG and Baxter are among the top players in the market with a strong brand presence and vast geographical footprint. The companies are increasing their investments in research and development activities to launch effective and highly advanced microscopes. Furthermore, a strong focus on strategic mergers with other companies and several research organizations to develop effective devices is anticipated to support the expansion of these market players during the forecast period.

Other players involved in the market include Leica Microsystems, Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Stryker, and other mid-sized, local companies. These firms are focusing on business expansion through strategic acquisitions and collaborations with other market players to upscale their R&D activities.



  • October 2022 – A segment of Zeiss Group, which is the parent company of Carl Zeiss Meditech AG, announced a new microsite featuring nine researchers and 24 areas of study to celebrate the breakthrough achieved through Zeiss instruments.

  • October 2021 – Leica Microsystems announced the launch of a new generation of its M320 dental microscope, which offers ultra-high-resolution imaging with an integrated camera. The product was expected to enhance the outcome of dental treatments and increase a dentist’s comfort while working.

  • September 2020 – True Digital Surgery and Aesculap, Inc. announced that the Aesculap Aeos Robotic Digital Microscope was available in the U.S., enabling surgeons to execute precision movements during certain surgical procedures, such as neurosurgery, spine, ear, nose, and throat surgeries.

  • August 2020 – Surtex Instruments Limited announced the launch of its new website designed to serve as a tool for searching instruments for surgical and dental procedures with high-definition images and detailed product descriptions.


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The global market report provides detailed information about the market’s competitive landscape. It includes statistics, such as prevalence of chronic diseases and number of accidents. Additionally, it focuses on key points, such as technological advancements, new product launches, and key industry developments, such as partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions. Furthermore, the report offers a regional analysis of different segments, company profiles of key market players, market trends, and the impact of COVID-19 on the market. The report comprises quantitative and qualitative insights contributing to the market's growth.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.2% from 2023-2030


Value (USD billion)


By Product Type

  • Operating Microscopes

  • Other Microsurgical Instruments

By Application

  • Spine & Neuro Surgery

  • Ophthalmology Surgery

  • Plastic Surgery

  • Otolaryngology Surgery

  • Other Surgery

By End-user

  • Hospitals and ASCs

  • Specialty Clinics

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Product Type, By Application, By End-user Channel, By Country)

    • U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe (By Product Type, By Application, By End-user, By Country/Sub-Region)

    • Germany

    • U.K.

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Product Type, By Application, By End-user, By Country/Sub-Region)

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Rest of the World (By Product Type, By Application, By End-user)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market value stood at USD 2.23 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 3.33 billion by 2030.

The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period of 2023-2030.

Currently, the ophthalmology surgery segment was leading the market by application in 2022.

Rising number of plastic & reconstructive surgeries, increasing advancements in microsurgeries, growing research & development activities by major market players, and rising number of approvals & launches of medical devices, such as needle holders are the key drivers of the market.

Carl Zeiss Meditech AG, Koninklijke Philips N.V., and Baxter are the major players in the market.

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