Patient positioning systems (PPS) play a significant role in healthcare settings as a prerequisite for assistance in surgical procedures and recovery. Optimal patient positioning ensures the finest access to the surgical sites and prevents any possibility of nerve damage or pressure ulcers, resulting in faster rehabilitation and better outcomes. Patient positioners prove significant in robotic surgery, where patient stability is of utmost importance. The rising number of robotic surgical procedures has spurred the demand for patient positioning systems. According to the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS), more than 140,000 robotic-assisted surgeries were performed in the U.S. alone in 2015. The number is projected to increase by 25% in the next five years, with approximately 1 in 3 gynecology, urology, orthopedic, and general surgeries expected to be performed by robotic systems. Similar trends are anticipated to be followed in countries such as China, India, and other emerging economies by 2020. Moreover, PPS plays a key role in radiation therapy for cancer treatment, wherein the stability of the patient needs to be precisely controlled to accurately target the tumor for a maximum therapeutic outcome without harming healthy tissues. PPS are cost-effective, customizable, and compatible with medical robots, and they decrease the time required for positioning patients and undergoing treatments.
In terms of product type, the market is segmented into patient positioning tables and accessories. Patient positioning tables include surgical tables, examination tables, and radiolucent tables. Surgical tables held the largest share due to the rising number of surgical procedures globally. According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, an estimated 312 million surgeries were performed worldwide in 2015, which is set to increase further in the coming years. During the forecast period, the patient positioning systems market will be driven by technological advancements and the introduction of innovative surgical tables. In terms of application, the surgeries segment dominated the market, while cancer therapy is expected to grow at the fastest rate due to the rising number of cancer cases worldwide. Hospitals held the largest share in terms of end-users in the global patient positioning systems market. The large number of surgeries performed in hospitals, coupled with growing investments in the indoor hospital infrastructure, is driving the market.
North America dominated the global market for patient positioning systems. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases and the highest number of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. are expected to further boost the market. Asia Pacific emerged as the most lucrative market due to increasing healthcare investments emphasizing the deployment of state-of-the-art surgical equipment. The major players operating in the market are Medtronic plc, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Stryker Corporation, STERIS plc, Medline Industries, Smith & Nephew, and others. Companies are involved in the development and marketing of innovative products to improve operating room efficiency, where patient stability and positioning are vital. Moreover, the industry giants indulge in growth strategies such as acquisitions, mergers, and collaborations to maintain their dominance in the market. For instance, Hill-Rom Holdings acquired Aspen Surgical Products and Trumpf Medical to strengthen its foothold in the surgical and operating room solutions industry.
The global market for patient positioning systems is classified as follows:
Global Patient Positioning Systems Market by Product Type, 2018-2026 (million U.S. dollars)
- Patient Positioning Tables
- Surgical Tables
- Diagnostic Tables
- Radiolucent Tables
Global Patient Positioning Systems Market by Application Type (US$ Mn), 2018-2026
- Disease Diagnosis/Imaging
- Cancer Therapy
End-User Market for Global Patient Positioning Systems, 2018-2026 (US$ Mn)
- Ambulatory Care Centers
- Clinics/Diagnostics Centers
Global Patient Positioning Systems Market by Geography (US$ Mn), 2018-2026
- North America (U.S. and Canada)
- Europe (U.K., Germany, and the Rest of Europe)
- Asia Pacific (Japan, China, and the Rest of Asia Pacific)
- Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America)
- Middle East and Africa (GCC plus the rest of the Middle East and Africa)
Key players identified for the patient positioning systems market include:
Medtronic plc, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Stryker Corporation, STERIS plc, Medline Industries, Smith & Nephew, Leoni AG, Getinge AB, Span-America Medical Systems, Inc., Orfit Industries N.V., and others
This report offers the following:
- An overall market dynamics of the global patient positioning systems market
- Study of current and future market trends for the period from 2016 to 2026, with historical information for 2016 and projections through 2018 to 2026
- Qualitative data on market factors such as market drivers, restraints, and future prospects have been analyzed using assessment tools.
- emphasis on market segmentation based on product approvals and launches and current and anticipated market dynamics
- Attractive investment proposition in terms of geography and competitive analysis for the participants operating in the market.
- Company profiles highlight the business overview, financial analysis, product portfolio, and recent developments of the major players operating in the patient positioning systems market.