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Ureteroscope Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product (Flexible, Semi-flexible, and Rigid), By Application (Urolithiasis, Urolithial Carcinoma, and Others), End User (Hospitals, Specialty Clinics, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027

Last Updated: June 24, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI103455



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The global ureteroscope market size was valued at USD 981.8 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 1,498.1 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period.

Growing prevalence of urolithiasis and urolithial cancer, increasing adoption of minimally invasive procedures, growing healthcare spending, and increasing innovations in product designs are projected to drive the market growth. For example, in April 2019, Dornier MedTech announced launch of New AXIS single-use flexible digital ureteroscopes at the American Urology Association Annual Meeting. This single- use product is designed to avoid cross contamination between patients by offering a clean and sterile ureteroscope for every patient, every time. Urinary stone disease is a rising concern globally, with estimated prevalence of 15%. Changes in lifestyle, growing consumption of alcohol, global warming, and improper diet are projected to contribute to rising incidence of urinary calculi.

Disruption of Supply Chain Caused by COVID-19 to Hamper Market Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the ureteroscopy market growth owing to disruption of supply chains, slowdown in economies, reduced production outputs, and ban on elective surgical procedures. The pandemic has hit about 213 countries globally as of July 2020. According to the Worldometer update, as of July 2020, there are 10,609,666 cases of COVID-19, out of which 4,277,327 are active cases. Thus, the attention of healthcare facilities is centered towards the care of COVID patients. Thus, the pandemic has decreased the number of Ureteroscopy procedures, as per the current market insights.


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Growing Adoption of Disposable Flexible Ureteroscope Owing to its Proven Efficacy of Stone Removal

The prevalence of urolithiasis is rising and thus the use of stone removal surgeries. With the advent in the technology, various types of single use flexible ureteroscopes are being launched in the market. These are favored options these days by the surgeons owing to their efficacy to remove stones from inner parts of the renal tubes. Despite high cost, the single use ureterocopes definitely are going to occupy dominant place in the market owing to their growing adoption globally. For example, according to the retrospective study of comparison between rigid and flexible by NCBI, the higher success and lower complications rate of F-URS make it the first line favorable option for treatment of proximal ureteric stone (PUS).


Growing Cases of Urolithiasis to Drive Product Demand

Rising incidence of urolithiasis has been observed across developing as well as developed countries. Metabolic disturbances, genetic factors, urinary tract anomalies, changing lifestyles, and environmental factors such as global warming are resulting in increased cases of urinary stones. Moreover, increasing geriatric population susceptible to kidney dysfunctions is poised to fuel the incidence rate. Type 2 diabetes and coronary diseases are the risk factors for the stone development. According to the article by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in the U.S. kidney stone affects approximately 9% of people and is estimated that 600,000 Americans suffer from urinary stones each year. Thus, increasing number of urinary stone cases are expected to increase the demand for ureteroscopy during the forecast period.

Technological Advancements and Improved Efficacy to Propel Adoption

Ureteroscopes are tube-like devices with illuminating light and camera that can be used for location of the calculi. They enable removal of kidney stones with more accuracy than the other techniques such as shockwave lithotripsy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy.  Increasing research and development activities and new product launches are poised to increase demand for ureteroscopy procedures. The flexible products have shown proven efficacy over other techniques of stone removal. Advancements in the form of digital stone removing techniques, which offer immediate promise of better optics and visualization and durability, are likely to escalate the adoption of these devices globally.


High Cost of Digital Ureteroscope and Limited Skilled Workforce to Restrain the Market Growth

They are comparatively more expensive than other options used in the management of urinary stones and cancer. High cost of the advanced variants of these devices has restricted their adoption in many developing countries due to limited healthcare spending and poor reimbursement structure. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is still the first treatment option for stone management in these countries. Moreover, the use of these instruments requires highly skilled healthcare professionals.  Limited healthcare resources in economically weak regions are projected to restrict the ureteroscopy market growth.


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Flexible Ureteroscopes Segment to Hold the Significant Share of the Global Market

Based on product type, the ureteroscope market is segmented into flexible, semi-flexible, and rigid. The flexible segment recorded highest market share in terms of value owing to high cost of the products and increasing number of procedures with fiber optics and digital flexible ureteroscope. According to a research study by NCBI, out of 100 ureteroscopic procedures performed in ambulatory surgery at University Hospital from June 2013 to February 2015, 44% were performed using flexible ones. Most of the kidney stones can be treated with flexible ureteroscopy with least complications. Increasing innovations in flexible and semi-flexible variants of these devices are likely to decrease utilization of rigid ureteroscopy in the near future.

By Application Analysis

Urolithiasis Segment to Hold Dominant Share in the Global Market

Based on application, the market is segmented into the urolithiasis, urolithial cancer, and others. Among them, the urolithiasis segment held dominating share of the market in 2019 owing to high prevalence of urinary stones and growing importance of ureteroscopes over other stone removal techniques. The urolithial cancer segment is projected to expand at a significant growth rate attributable to growing prevalence of urological cancer globally. Bladder cancer is known to mostly affect geriatric population. Increasing geriatric population leading to increased number of bladder cancer cases is poised to drive product demand throughout the forecast period.

By End User Analysis

Hospitals Segment to Drive the Demand for Ureteroscopic Procedures Worldwide

Based on end users, the ureteroscope market is segmented into hospitals, specialty clinics, and others. The hospitals segment held major revenue share of the market in 2019. Patients generally prefer hospital settings to undergo ureteroscopy procedures on account of availability of skilled healthcare providers and favorable reimbursement policies. The specialty clinics segment is likely to gain market share owing to increasing number of specialty clinics across the globe and rising healthcare spending in the private sector.


North America Ureteroscope Market Size, 2019 (USD Million)

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The market size in North America stood at USD 370.1 million in 2019, with the region accounting for a market share of 37.7%. Growing number of urolithiasis cases, high demand for minimally invasive procedures, developed healthcare infrastructure, affordability of advanced ureteroscopes are factors contributing to the regional market growth. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the U.S. has witnessed an upward trend in the prevalence of kidney stones in the past 30 years.

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Europe held second largest share of the market owing to presence of huge geriatric population base with urological disorders and increasing new product approvals in the region in flexible Ureteroscopy. The ureteroscope market share of Asia Pacific is projected to expand at a substantially higher rate during the forecast period. Growing penetration of leading key players in developing countries such as China and India, presence of market giant such as Olympus Corporation in Japan, and growing healthcare expenditure are likely to drive the market in this region. The market in Latin America and the Middle East & Africa would gain momentum with growing number of urolithiasis cases.


Product Innovation and Strong Global Presence are Key Growth Strategies of the Players

The ureteroscope market is consolidated with few major players holding major chunk of the market. The leading market players include Olympus Corporation, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Stryker, among others. Increasing investments in research and development of advanced stone removal devices and procedures and strengthening of foothold in developing regions are key strategies being followed by the market leaders.


  • Stryker (Michigan, United States)

  • Olympus Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Richard Wolf GmbH. (Illinois, United States)

  • KARL STORZ (Tuttlingen, Germany)

  • PENTAX Medical (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Elmed Electronics & Medical Industry & Trade Inc. (Ankara, Turkey)

  • AED.MD (CA, USA)

  • Other Prominent Players


  • May 2021 – UroViu Corporation announced that they received clearance from the U.S. FDA to commercialize its third device Uro-G, a flexible single use cytoscope. This device has a fully deflectable tip which would help physicians perform interventional and diagnostic procedures.

  • April 2019 – Dornier MedTech announced that they have launched their new product AXIS single-use digital flexible ureteroscope along with stone management products in the U.S. region. The company also mentioned about the showcasing of these products in the 2019 American Urology Association Meeting in Chicago.


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The ureteroscope market report provides a detailed industry analysis and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, product type, application, and end users. Also, the report offers insights into market trends and highlights the major industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



  Value (USD Million)


 Product, Application, End User, and Geography

By Product


  • Flexible

  • Semi-flexible

  • Rigid

By Application


  • Urolithiasis

  • Urolithial Cancer

  • Others

By End User


  • Hospitals

  • Specialty Clinics

  • Others

By Geography


  • North America (USA, Canada)

  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, South East Asia, Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of South America)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC Countries, Rest of Middle East & Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global ureteroscope market size was USD 981.8 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 1,498.1 million by 2027.

In 2019, the market value stood at USD 981.8 million.

Growing at a CAGR of 5.5%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).

The flexible segment is expected to be the leading segment by product during the forecast period.

The growing prevalence of urinary disorders is expected to drive market growth.

Olympus Corporation, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Stryker are few of the leading players in the global market.

North America dominated the global market share in 2019.

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