Urodynamics studies consist of a series of examinations that are useful for obtaining functional information regarding bladder filling, emptying and urine storage. Urodynamics tests are generally performed in individuals suffering from various urological conditions such as urinary incontinence, stress incontinence and lower urinary tract symptoms.
Urodynamic tests include a range of medical investigations that are useful to obtain functional information about bladder filling, clearing, and urine storage. The primary objective of urodynamics is to understand if there are problems in the lower urinary tract by duplicating the visible symptoms and determining the cause of these symptoms to formulate an appropriate treatment course for bladder dysfunction.
Urodynamic investigations range from simple medical observations to accurate medical measurements employing advanced urodynamics equipment that varies from patient to patient. A survey carried out among non-pregnant women in the U.S. revealed that the risk and the incidence of urinary incontinence increases with age. In general, urinary incontinence is prevalent in 3.9% of women between 20 and 29 years of age, 15% of women between 40 and 49 years of age, 25% of women between 60 and 69 years of age, and 38% of women 80 years of age and above. Furthermore, as per the U.S. National Institutes of Health, presently, almost 20 million women and 6 million men suffer from urinary incontinence in the country. Thus, to cater to the needs of a large patient pool suffering from urological dysfunction, an effective diagnostic solution is needed. This will drive the global market for urodynamics equipment and disposables in the coming years.
By product type, the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market is divided into urodynamics disposables, video urodynamics systems, electromyographs, ambulatory urodynamics systems, cystometers, and uroflowmetry equipment. The segment of uroflowmetry equipment led the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market in terms of revenue in 2013. This segment benefits from the easy availability of the equipment and high patient and clinician preference.Nevertheless, it is the ambulatory urodynamics systems market that is projected to grow at the highest rate in the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market during the forecast period. The ambulatory urodynamics segment benefits from its widespread market availability, usage of advanced microprocessor technology, and portable design. These features of ambulatory urodynamic devices help them deliver reliable test outcomes.
In the disposables segment, air-charged catheters held the largest market share in 2013. The air-charged catheters segment is projected to lead the global urodynamics disposable market and expand at the highest CAGR of 6.70% during the forecast period. This segment is driven by features of air-charged catheters such as the absence of air-bubble interference, presence of weightless air column, and ease of handling.On the basis of geography, the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market is classified into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and Rest of the World (RoW). In 2013, North America dominated the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market with a market share of more than 40%. Some of the factors driving this regional urodynamics equipment and disposables market are the presence of a large number of testing centers in the region and the high adoption rate of urodynamics tests among urogynecologists and urologists.
The global urodynamics equipment and disposables market will continue to grow steadily in the coming few years due to the growing geriatric population, which would boost the demand for urodynamics equipment and disposables. Furthermore, the market will also get a boost from the escalating incidence of urological dysfunctions and growing demand for advanced and safe urodynamics equipment. On the other hand, factors such as the growing cases of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) will suppress the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market. In addition to this, the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market will also be restrained by the unfavorable reimbursement policies.Players in the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market will benefit from the large potential patient pool in emerging economies. The key players operating in the global urodynamics equipment and disposables market are Verathon, Medical Measurement Systems, LABORIE, C.R. Bard, Covidien, American Medical Systems, and Albyn Medical.
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