The global market for surgical sealants and adhesives is forecasted to top $3.5 billion by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of over 9.3% from 2019-2026, according to a report from FutureWise Market Research. Adhesives and surgical sealants are used during medical procedures to fill surgical wounds, rebuild injured tissues, and replace and improve common stitching in medical practices. These products can be used as supplements to sutures to restrict any leakages. They can be manufactured with natural or synthetic materials and are used to develop certain three-dimensional networks that attach to the target tissues and act as adhesives. Sealants have evolved to become useful aids in modern surgical procedures and are widely preferred given their efficacy, less stringent regulations, benefits in repairing injured tissues, and the growing need for quality healthcare. 

A contributing factor in the upsurge of surgical sealants includes the growing geriatric population. Additional growth drivers include the increasing frequency of chronic diseases, more awareness of the advantages of using surgical adhesives, increasing demand for tissue regeneration products in cases of traumatic and burn injuries, and the rising number of cosmetic surgery procedures. In addition, with the number of surgical procedures increasing globally, the adoption of technologically advanced products fuels the market’s reach.

Biological or natural surgical sealants and adhesive agents are preferred and used more widely than their synthetic counterparts. In the biological segment, fibrin sealants accounted for the largest market share in 2015. They are used in thoracic, cardiovascular, orthopaedic, neuro, and reconstructive surgeries.

In terms of synthetic sealants, cyanoacrylates are projected to record rapid growth in the forecast period due to their quick effect and efficacy. The strength of cyanoacrylate products lies in their adhesiveness and mechanical use variability, which makes them easy to be adopted into surgical practices worldwide. However, cyanoacrylates are registered to cause harmful side effects like intense inflammation when exposed to external surfaces other than skin, thus limiting use to internal surgeries.

Central nervous system (CNS) surgeries accounted for the biggest market share in 2016. Sealants are preferred over traditional products such as wires, sutures, and staples in CNF surgeries since traditional sealant methods are difficult to apply in these surgeries. On the other side, the cardiovascular segment is estimated see the highest growth rate in the forecast period due to the increasing number of heart surgeries and transplants.

North America held the largest market share in 2015-2016 and is expected to hold the same position through 2026. China is predicted to emerge as the main market in the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period; the region will witness the highest CAGR, especially in India and China.

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