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Single-Port Laparoscopy Poised To Double

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 6:48am

(PRNewswire) According to Millennium ResearchGroup (MRG), a combination of increased volume from current practitioners and growth in the number of surgeons performing the technique will drive the single-port laparoscopy market to over 100 percent growth over the next year, and to high double-digit growth past 2011.

Surgeons who currently perform single-port surgery are forecasting a 40 percent increase in their volumes within the next six months, while over 50 percent of non-practitioners anticipate adopting the technique within the next two years. MRG's data show a number of factors are driving the rapid rise in single-port laparoscopy, including growing patient awareness, novel devices and increased surgeon experience.

Up to 75 percent of physicians see single-port laparoscopy as generally unknown in the general public, leaving significant room to drive more patient demand. In addition, importance score data suggest that new devices with improved ergonomics, range of motion, and diversity of tips are a critical factor in convincing skeptical surgeons to try the procedure. Finally, current practitioners are becoming more comfortable with the technique and are implementing it in new procedures and more difficult cases.

"Single-port lap is the hottest topic in surgery these days," says Matthew Runnalls, of MRG's Physician Forum Product Manager. "Our data shows that not only are current users expecting huge procedure growth in just the next six months, but that potential adopters are waiting for new devices, not new data, before they jump into the fray. This is a tremendous opportunity."

MRG's new Physician Forum publication, The Rise of Single-Port Laparoscopy, investigates physician opinion from 60 current users of single-port laparoscopy and 100 potential adopters. The publication also includes a newly updated and more detailed forecast for the single-port laparoscopy market.

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