Impact of COVID-19 on global robotic surgery market

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So far, around 5,700 da Vinci devices have been installed all around the world. Over 7.2 million operations have already been carried out. According to Intuitive Surgical, a manufacturer of da Vinci equipment, every 26 seconds somewhere in the world an operation takes place by means of this system, according to the most recent report of PMR and the Upper Finance Group, entitled: “Robotics surgery market in Poland 2020. Development forecasts for 2020-2025”.

COVID-19 and robotics surgery in the world

In 2019 the global da Vinci equipment market was worth $4.47bn, which represents a 20% increase in comparison with 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic had an effect on the pace of development of the robotic surgery market. In the first weeks of March there was a reduction in the average number of procedures carried out of approximately 50% on a global basis. There are significant differences in the extent of the impact between individual markets, and all of this is associated with the relevant stage of development. In countries in which the pandemic is on the rise, further reductions in the number of operations can be expected, and in those in which the system is reaching equilibrium, there have been significant increases.

The largest number of devices is observed in the United States, where there is one appliance for every 90,000 head of population. In Poland, according to data from a comparable period (mid-2020), one da Vinci camera is reported for every 3.4 million people, but this is still a significant increase in comparison with the situation last year, when the figure was one per 6.4 million. It is worthy of note that a year ago the indicator for Poland was similar to those of the Asian countries. However, the last 12 months have been marked by a substantial increase in the Polish market and, at present, the difference between these markets is significant.

Number of procedures using da Vinci equipment is increasing

Most procedures in which da Vinci devices are used are carried out in the field of general surgery. This is the specialisation which was has witnessed the most vigorous growth in terms of the number of procedures carried out – from a negligible number in 2008 to about 485,000 at end of 2019, which represents a 23% increase in comparison with 2018. Other popular areas for robotics include gynaecology and urology. Each of these specialisations recorded an increase last year in comparison with 2018. The number of procedures carried out is more than 300,000 per year for each (about 320,000 for gynaecology departments and about 340,000 for urology). Procedures are also carried out in Poland in these areas. Around the world the robot is being used more frequently in thoracic surgery and head and neck surgery – the so-called Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS).

According to the data presented in the report, the rates of growth of new installations will be considerable in 2020, despite the prevailing pandemic.

The main source of revenue, $2.408 billion, involves tools and accessories (representing 54% of total revenue). The surgical subgroup represents $ 1.346 billion, or 30% of total revenues.

As much as 13% of the world’s installed equipment has been funded by means of operating leases.

The report “Market of surgical robotics in Poland 2020. Development forecasts for 2020-2025” can be downloaded free of charge here (Polish version only).

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