United Kingdom General Surgical Devices Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The United Kingdom General Surgical Devices Market is Segmented by Product (Handheld Devices, Laparoscopic Devices, Electro Surgical Devices, Wound Closure Devices, Trocars and Access Devices, and Other Products), Application (Gynecology and Urology, Cardiology, Orthopedic, Neurology, and Other Applications), and End User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Other End Users). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

United Kingdom General Surgical Devices Market Growth
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.5 %

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Market Overview

The United Kingdom general surgical devices market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period.

The United Kingdom’s general surgical devices market was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in its early stages due to the cancellations of surgical services and reduced end-user demand. For instance, a study report titled "The quantitative impact of COVID-19 on surgical training in the United Kingdom" published in June 2021 stated that the surgical procedures were canceled from 17 March 2020 to free inpatient and critical care capacity. The country witnessed a reduction of over one-third of logged cases in 2020 compared with those recorded in 2019 amid the pandemic. Most of the reduction in operative training was observed in elective surgery. This has had an enormous impact on the demand for surgical devices in clinical settings. Furthermore, the report of the COVIDSurg Global Collaborative study titled "Elective surgery cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic: global predictive modelling to inform surgical recovery plans" published in June 2020, estimated that the United Kingdom canceled or postponed more than 40,000 elective operations per week during the peak of the pandemic. As a result of the cancellations of surgical services, the demand for surgical devices was substantially hampered. However, owing to the resumption of elective surgeries and a decline in COVID-19 cases, the market is likely to bolster to its pre-pandemic levels in the near future.

General surgical devices consist of both reusable and single-use medical instruments. These instruments are generally used in the treatment of the alimentary canal and abdominal contents, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix, bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. The major growth drivers of the United Kingdom's general surgical devices market over the forecast period are the rising demand for minimally invasive devices and the growing cases of injuries and accidents. For instance, as per the study titled "Common elective orthopedic procedures and their clinical effectiveness: umbrella review of level 1 evidence" published in July 2021, in the United Kingdom, more than 25% of all surgical procedures performed in the National Health Service are for musculoskeletal conditions. Also, as per the report titled "Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates: year ending June 2021" published by the department of transport, the government of the United Kingdom, there were an estimated 24,530 killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties and 1,19,850 casualties of all severities in the year ending June 2021. Thus, with the increase in the number of injuries and accidents, the demand for surgical devices is expected to increase, which is anticipated to have a positive impact on the growth of the studied market.

However, factors such as stringent government regulations and improper reimbursement for surgical devices are expected to restrain the United Kingdom's general surgical devices market during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

As per the scope of the report, surgical devices serve a specific purpose during surgery and are specifically designed tools that are clinically and accurately manufactured to help surgeons in performing surgeries. Typically, surgical devices have generic use, while some specific tools are designed for specific procedures or surgeries. The United Kingdom general surgical devices market is segmented by Product (Handheld Devices, Laparoscopic Devices, Electro Surgical Devices, Wound Closure Devices, Trocars and Access Devices, and Other Products), Application (Gynecology and Urology, Cardiology, Orthopaedic, Neurology, and Other Applications), and End User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Other End Users). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Product
Handheld Devices
Laproscopic Devices
Electro Surgical Devices
Wound Closure Devices
Trocars and Access Devices
Other Products
By Application
Gynecology and Urology
Other Applications
By End User
Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Other End Users

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Key Market Trends

Handheld Devices are Expected to Dominate the General Surgical Devices Market During the Forecast Period

Handheld surgical devices are nonpowered, hand-manipulated devices such as scalpels, forceps, and retractors, intended to be used in various general surgical procedures. The development of advanced devices, like robotic hand-held surgical devices for surgical interventions, enhances a surgeon’s dexterity. Needle holders are very similar in shape to hemostats, featuring jaws and handles. Needle holders allow the needle to be locked into place for sutures in a variety of tissue types. The market segment is growing due to the rise in minimally invasive surgical procedures and an increase in outpatient surgeries.

In the United Kingdom, the rising number of surgeries has led to the increasing use of handheld surgical devices. For instance, as per the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data in 2020, in the United Kingdom, around 213,552 cesarean section procedures, 48,470 appendectomies, and 54,132 cholecystectomies were performed. Thus, a growing number of surgical procedures is likely to increase the demand for the use of handheld devices in the near future. The advancements in handheld surgical devices also drive the market segment's growth. For instance, in November 2021, Smith+Nephew launched its Cori handheld robotic system in the United Kingdom. The Cori system includes a handheld cutting tool that has a robotic feature.

Therefore, due to the above-mentioned factors, the handheld surgical devices segment is expected to grow over the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The United Kingdom general surgical devices market is moderately fragmented because of the presence of the medium, and small players. Some of the major players in the market are B. Braun SE, Medtronic, Olympus, Integra LifeSciences, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH, Boston Scientific Corporation, Smith & Nephew, and Getinge AB.

Recent Development

  • In March 2022, Surgical Innovations Group plc, a company that develops, manufactures, and distributes cutting-edge medical technology for minimally invasive surgery, launched the YelloPort Elite 5mm, a new surgical Port Access System, developed in collaboration with CMR Surgical, a United Kingdom based manufacturer of medical devices committed to revolutionizing surgery with Versius, a next-generation surgical robot. 
  • In April 2020, Creo Medical Group plc, a Chepstow, UK-based company, received ‘510k’ US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a new endoscopy device, the "HS1 Haemostasis device".

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Rising Demand for Minimally Invasive Devices

      2. 4.2.2 Growing Cases of Injuries and Accidents

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Stringent Government Regulations

      2. 4.3.2 Improper Reimbursement for Surgical Devices

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)

    1. 5.1 By Product

      1. 5.1.1 Handheld Devices

      2. 5.1.2 Laproscopic Devices

      3. 5.1.3 Electro Surgical Devices

      4. 5.1.4 Wound Closure Devices

      5. 5.1.5 Trocars and Access Devices

      6. 5.1.6 Other Products

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Gynecology and Urology

      2. 5.2.2 Cardiology

      3. 5.2.3 Orthopaedic

      4. 5.2.4 Neurology

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By End User

      1. 5.3.1 Hospitals

      2. 5.3.2 Ambulatory Surgical Centers

      3. 5.3.3 Other End Users


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 B. Braun SE

      2. 6.1.2 Medtronic

      3. 6.1.3 Olympus

      4. 6.1.4 Integra LifeSciences

      5. 6.1.5 Stryker

      6. 6.1.6 Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH

      8. 6.1.8 Boston Scientific Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Smith & Nephew

      10. 6.1.10 Getinge AB

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies, and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The United Kingdom General Surgical Devices Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The United Kingdom General Surgical Devices Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.5% over the next 5 years.

B. Braun SE, Medtronic, Stryker, Boston Scientific Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. are the major companies operating in United Kingdom General Surgical Devices Market.

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