Guidewires are used in minimally invasive surgeries, and are now being equipped with hydrophilic tip to push through tortuous anatomies. Guidewires are normally fitted on entry point of endoscopes including laparoscopes, ureteroscopes, and others. Medical companies manufacturing these are now developing hybrid guidewires that normally combine the access of a hydrophilic wire made out of nitinol, an extremely elastic alloy that is also kink-resistant and handling prowess of a polytetrafluoroethylene wire. These wires are being designed to push through structural deformities inside the human body that can act as obstructions, during the surgical processes. For surgeons, these guidewires have been extremely useful to reduce time spent, during a surgery by decreasing the number of times wires are exchanged for different purposes. During the forecast period of 2019-2025, the guidewires market will experience growth at a CAGR of 5.91%. In 2018, the market registered a revenue of $1.76 billion from all across the world.  

The guidewires market is segmented on the basis of material, product, geography, and market entropy. By entropy, the market is divided into expansion, technological developments, merger, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Based on material, the market is fragmented into tungsten, hydrophilic coating, nitinol, titanium, stainless steel, and polytetrafluoroethylene. By product, the market is divided into urology guidewires, coronary guidewires, neurovascular guidewires, and peripheral guidewires.

On the basis of geography, the market is segmented into Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and rest of the world. North America has emerged as the geographical leader of the global guidewires market. In 2018, North America accounted for a 34% share in the total revenue earned by the market globally. This is due to several efforts made by key market players in the healthcare industry in the U.S. and Canada. Moreover, Mexico has also contributed to the growth of the guidewires market in North America. Heart diseases are on an incessant rise in North America, with the American Heart Association stating that approximately half of the American adults suffer from cardiovascular disease. According to statistics by American Heart Association, one out of every three deaths that occurs in the U.S. is due to cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, a study conducted in 2014 estimated that cardiovascular diseases will become the underlying cause of deaths of nearly 23.6 million people by the end of 2030. People in North America are suffering from high blood pressure, due to unhealthy food consumption and lack of physical activity which is adding to these statistics. The rise of coronary heart diseases have supplemented the growth of the guidewires market in North America. Additionally, an increase in cardiac surgeries which are now being implemented with minimally invasive procedures will fuel the market. In North America, the guidewires market will continue to show a consistent growth in the forecast period.

Guidewires Market: Growth Drivers

·         Increase in Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Ever since the advent of minimally invasive surgeries in the healthcare industry, the number of patients actively opting for surgical procedures has increased manifold. In a report released by American Society of Plastic Surgeons, U.S. citizens of spent $16.5 billion on cosmetic surgical procedures and minimally invasive surgeries combined in 2018. Furthermore, the society reported that approximately 7 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed to treat ageing, including wrinkles and acne removal in 2018. These statistics highlight the growing trust of patients in minimally invasive surgeries, owing to minimal scarring less post-surgery pain. These procedures also assure a relatively shorter stay in hospital, owing to faster recovery compared to open surgery that are prone to internal bleeding and several other post-surgery issues. Surgeons are also at an advantage owing to rise in minimally invasive surgeries that help in reducing medical errors with the use of camera that allows better visualization inside the organs. The rise of these procedures have hence, highly benefitted the guidewires market, as the demand for guidewires rises across hospitals and clinics worldwide. These surgeries will continue to serve as an important growth driver for the market in the upcoming years.

·         Cardiovascular Diseases

The world is currently plagued with an incessant rise in cardiovascular diseases that include coronary heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, and others. According to an analysis by the World Health Organization, 17.9 million people die every year, due to cardiovascular diseases. These statistics are reflective of persistent cardiovascular diseases that are affecting the world’s population. With increase in disposable income and inexpensive packaged food, there is rise in consumption of sweet and salty snacks at an unprecedented rate. These snacks are mostly devoid of essential nutrients and contribute highly towards fat gain, which has been directly linked to chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, with technologies having made life extremely easier for most of the people having regular access to it, humans have started leading a more sedentary life in general. Lack of exercise has been increasingly linked to cardiovascular diseases. In a study conducted by National Institute of Biotechnology Information, physical inactivity is detrimental to a person’s health and observed as a primary source of prevention from diseases. Performing any kind of aerobic exercise exerts the heart and other muscles, which in return become more agile with the passage of time. The rise of cardiovascular diseases, due to physical inactivity has therefore, provided impetus to the global guidewires market. Guidewires are increasingly used in angioplasty, which is now being performed in a minimally invasive manner. Cases of guidewire ruptures are uncommon, hence doctors across the world are highly trusting this method. Hence, high adoption of guidewires for treating cardiovascular disease is highly influencing the market growth.

Major Players in the Market

Key market players of the guidewires market consist of medical institutions and medical research organizations that are now readily investing resources in developing high quality medical solutions for surgeries including guidewires. These market players are Boston Scientific Corporation, Cook Medical Incorporated, Medtronic plc, Cordis Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Terumo Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Olympus, Johnson & Johnson and B. Braun.

Cordis Corporation, a health company based in the U.S. has produced several products, which provide medical solutions for cardiovascular diseases. For minimally invasive angioplasty, Cordis Corporation has manufactured Emerald Diagnostic guidewire that complements the catheter and catheter sheath manufactured by the same company.

Boston Scientific Corporation, based in Massachusetts has developed a series of guidewires that can assist with different kinds of surgeries. Amplatz Super Stiff guidewire developed by this company is customizable, according to operative needs. It is also constructed in such a way that it can deliver heavier instruments and is mainly used for correcting misshaped anatomies in urology. For increasing the flexibility of guidewires, the company has introduced products made out of polymer sleeves and are hydrophilic coated.

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