Japan Market Report for Surgical Light Sources - MedCore

Japan Market Report for Surgical Light Sources - MedCore

  • May 2016 •
  • 45 pages •
  • Report ID: 3911786 •
  • Format: PDF
Surgical light sources provide illumination for endoscopic cameras, surgical headlights and surgicalmicroscopes. The concentrated light is transmitted from a base unit to the destination through a fiber opticcable made up of very pure glass fibers. The base unit contains the illuminating bulb, which can vary fromone light source to another. During minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures, endoscopic camerasrely on light from the light source, as there is essentially no background illumination. Generally, overheadsurgical lighting is adequate in invasive, open procedures. However, if additional illumination is required,a surgical headlight can be worn by the surgeon. The majority of surgical headlights use xenon. Therefore,surgical light sources are used in both MIS and open surgeries.Because internal areas of the body are not conditioned to bright light, care must be taken not to ‘dry out’or burn tissue. To avoid this effect, light sources use specific cool light wavelengths. LED technology hasmade its way into the surgical light source market and is now the main driver of growth. In the past, thelower color rendering abilities of LEDs was an obstacle to their adoption in the market. This is no longeran issue due to the increased quality of surgical cameras, which can compensate for the lower colorrendition abilities. Furthermore, the longer life span of LED bulbs, which can reach over 50,000 hours,reduces the total cost of ownership for purchasing facilities and makes LED light sources more attractivethan other competing alternatives including xenon, halogen and metal halide lights.Surgical light sources are often sold along with endoscopic surgical cameras and image capture devices asa part of a package. This means that these three markets are highly correlated and the competitors are verysimilar.