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Abdominal Pads Market Size - By Product Type (Sterile, Non-sterile), By Application (Surgical Wounds, Chronic Wounds, Burns), By End-use, Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

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  • Published Date: Jul 2023
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Abdominal Pads Market Size

Abdominal Pads Market size was valued at around USD 958.3 million in 2022 and it is anticipated to reach over USD 1.7 billion by 2032 due to the increasing prevalence of trauma and accidents, growing focus on infection control, increasing surgical procedures and focus on outpatient wound care.

Abdominal Pads Market

Healthcare facilities worldwide are placing a greater emphasis on infection control and prevention through different infection control supplies. Abdominal pads, which are manufactured and packaged in a sterile environment, help reduce the risk of infections at the wound site. Improvements in the materials used for abdominal pads, such as enhanced absorbency and softness, contribute to their effectiveness in wound care.

The rising number of surgical procedures, particularly abdominal surgeries, drives the demand for abdominal pads. Surgeries, such as appendectomies, hernia repairs, and cesarean sections, require post-operative wound care, where abdominal pads play a crucial role in promoting healing and preventing infections.

Abdominal pads, also known as abdominal dressings or abdominal sponges, are medical supplies used in wound care, particularly for injuries to the abdominal area. They are large, absorbent pads made of soft materials like cotton or a blend of cotton and synthetic fibres. These pads are specifically designed to handle heavy exudate (fluid discharge from a wound) and provide a sterile environment for wound healing.

The manufacturing and sale of medical products like abdominal pads are subject to strict regulatory compliance. Meeting these requirements can be time-consuming and expensive for manufacturers. Additionally, there are various types of wound dressings available in the industry, such as hydrocolloid dressings, foam dressings, and alginate dressings. Moreover, reimbursement policies and insurance coverage may not adequately support the use of abdominal pads in wound care, leading to reluctance in adoption, especially in outpatient and home healthcare settings.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 outbreak had a negative impact on the abdominal pads market revenue in 2020. The global supply chain disruptions caused by lockdowns, transportation restrictions, and factory closures affected the production and distribution of medical supplies, including abdominal pads. The pandemic emphasized the importance of infection control in healthcare settings. Hospitals and healthcare facilities prioritized using high-quality wound dressings like abdominal pads to reduce the risk of infections and cross-contamination.

Further, many non-urgent or elective surgeries were postponed or cancelled during the pandemic to prioritize COVID-19 patients and conserve resources. This led to a decline in the demand for abdominal pads and other wound care products during the peak of the pandemic.

Abdominal Pads Market Trends

Burn injuries can leave patients susceptible to infections, making infection control a crucial aspect of advance wound care. Abdominal pads, when used correctly, can help prevent contamination and infection, supporting patient recovery. As the number of burn injuries rises, there is a higher demand for wound care products to manage and treat these injuries effectively. For instance, according to the statistics of World Health Organization (WHO), burns are a significant global public health issue and an estimated 180,000 deaths occurred due to burns worldwide in 2018. Abdominal pads, with their large size and absorbent properties, are commonly used to cover and protect burn wounds, promoting a conducive environment for healing.

Severe burn injuries may require prolonged hospital stays for treatment and wound management. This leads to a higher consumption of wound care products, including abdominal pads, during the patient's hospitalization period. Additionally, the increasing prevalence of burn injuries drives research and development in the field of wound care, leading to advancements in treatment options and wound dressings, including abdominal pads.

Abdominal Pads Market Analysis

Abdominal Pads Market Size, By Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

Based on product type, the abdominal pads market is bifurcated into sterile and non-sterile. The sterile segment valued at over USD 620 million in 2022. Sterile abdominal pads are extensively used in surgical procedures, where maintaining a sterile environment is critical for successful wound healing and reducing the risk of post-operative infections. They are essential in wound care, particularly for post-operative and acute wound management, as they help minimize the risk of infection. For patients with compromised immune systems or vulnerable to infections, sterile abdominal pads offer an added layer of safety and protection during wound healing. Additionally, in many healthcare facilities, the use of sterile wound care products is considered the standard of care, leading to a higher adoption of sterile abdominal pads.

Based on application, the abdominal pads market is segmented into chronic wounds, surgical wounds, burns, and others. The chronic wounds segment is anticipated to reach over USD 606 million by 2032. Chronic wounds often result from underlying health conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or pressure ulcers in individuals with limited mobility. As the prevalence of these chronic conditions increases, so does the demand for wound care products like abdominal pads to manage the associated chronic wounds. Abdominal pads are large, highly absorbent, and non-adherent, making them suitable for managing exudate from chronic wounds effectively. Moreover, advancements in wound care technology have led to the development of specialized abdominal pads with features like antimicrobial properties, and enhanced moisture management, making them more effective in treating chronic wounds.

Abdominal Pads Market Revenue Share, By End-use, 2022

Based on end-use, the abdominal pads market is segmented into hospitals, home healthcare, specialty clinics and others. The hospitals segment is anticipated to record higher growth to reach USD 754 million in 2032 attributed to several factors related to patient care, wound management, and infection prevention. Hospitals are one of the primary settings where abdominal pads are extensively used, especially in surgical, burns and post-operative care. Hospitals perform a wide range of surgical procedures that may involve abdominal incisions. Abdominal pads are essential for covering and protecting the surgical wounds, controlling bleeding, and absorbing exudate during the initial post-operative period.

 North America Abdominal Pads Market Size, 2020 -2032 (USD Million)

The North America abdominal pads market was valued at over USD 376 million in 2022. The region has a significant aging population, which is more prone to chronic wounds like pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. Abdominal pads are used in these settings to manage wounds in patients who are discharged but still require wound dressings and care. Further, regional countries such as the U.S. has well-established emergency preparedness and response systems, and abdominal pads are crucial supplies used in managing trauma and emergency situations.

Abdominal Pads Market Share

Some of the leading players operating in the abdominal pads market include:

  • Medtronic
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Medline Industrie
  • DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
  • Mckesson Corporation 

Abdominal Pads Industry News:

  • In November 2021, Hartmann Group launched their new 'Vivano' abdominal pad, featuring a highly absorbent core and a non-adherent wound contact layer for effective wound care management. This product launch will help the company to expand its product portfolio and offer advance as well as efficient product line to the customer base.
  • In June 2021, 3M launched its new Tegaderm Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressing pad for better wound management. This product launch will bolster its wound care product family and help company to enhance its business prospectus in the market.

Abdominal pads market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) and volume (Units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product Type, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million & Units)

  • Sterile
  • Non-sterile

By Application, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Surgical Wounds
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Burns
  • Others

By End-use, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Hospitals
  • Home Healthcare
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Poland
    • Sweden
    • The Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • Vietnam
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Columbia
    • Peru
    • Chile
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Turkey
    • Israel
    • Iran


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy , Shishanka Wangnoo

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Abdominal pads industry size was USD 958.3 million in 2022 and is anticipated to surpass USD 1,709.4 million by 2032 attributed to the rising prevalence of trauma and accidents, growing focus on infection control, and increasing number of surgical procedures.

The sterile segment generated more than USD 620 million in 2022 and is estimated to exhibit robust growth through 2032 owing to their extensive usage in surgical procedures and wound care across healthcare facilities.

North America industry size exceeded USD 376 million in 2022 and is poised to witness substantial growth through 2032 owing to the presence of aging population prone to chronic wounds along with the growing trend towards outpatient care and home healthcare services.

Some of the top companies operating in the market are Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Dynarex Corporation, Medline Industries, DeRoyal Industries, Inc., and Mckesson Corporation among others.

Abdominal Pads Market Scope

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