The global market for minimally invasive devices and instruments has been growing at a high rate 7.9% between 2011 and 2016, when it is expected to reach US$21.1 billion worldwide.
Minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) have been performed in the United States and in Europe for more than 10 years. Since then, techniques and instruments have improved and nowadays many organs can be operated through minimally invasive surgery.
MIS is performed without the need for a large incision in the patient. It is performed through natural orifices or by small incisions through which tubes, catheters or laparoscopes are inserted, and by imaging techniques such as video-endoscopy or fluoroscopy, allowing the surgeon to access the sick region.
This classification also includes prostheses and devices that can be implanted by minimally invasive techniques.
Some of the advantages of MIS are:
- Accelerated and less traumatic recovery for patients;
- Faster procedures for physicians;
- Lower costs for hospitals;
- Lower costs for health insurance companies;
- High value added products for the industries;
- Increased number of people served in the society.