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Surgical Dressing Market

Surgical Dressing Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Dressing Type, by Product, by End User : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Monika Darandale| Mansi Pardeshi | Roshan Deshmukh
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Surgical Dressing Market Research, 2031

The global surgical dressing market size was valued at $1.8 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $2.7 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2022 to 2031. Surgical dressings play an important role in wound care and are designed to help create an optimal environment for wound healing. Hydrogels dressings, hydrocolloids dressings, film dressings, foam dressings, alginates dressings and others are commonly used surgical dressings in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds.  

Surgical dressings provide a protective barrier against external contaminants, such as bacteria and dirt. This helps to prevent infection and other complications from developing. Furthermore, different types of surgical dressings can help to regulate the moisture levels in the wound bed, which is crucial for optimal wound healing. For example, hydrogels can help to keep the wound moist, while alginate dressings can help absorb excess moisture. 

Surgical Dressing Market

Market Dynamics:

The growth of the surgical dressing market size is mainly attributed to factors such as an increase in the prevalence of chronic wounds, deep injuries, and other conditions requiring surgery as a treatment option. This rise in the prevalence of such conditions subsequently leads to an increase in the number of surgeries for treatment. This increases the demand for surgical dressings and boosts the growth of the market.   

Furthermore, the surge in demand for advanced surgical dressings is driving the growth of the market. Chronic wounds and post-operative wounds are difficult to heal. Hence, advanced surgical dressings are often required to manage these complex wounds which increases their demand in the market. 

In addition, key players are focusing on investments in emerging countries which is anticipated to boost the market growth during the forecast period. The Asia-Pacific pharmaceutical sector is the second largest in the globe, which is attributed to the size of the population especially the older population, increasing health expenditures, and developing regulatory systems.  

Moreover, the pharmaceutical industry in the region is adopting new technologies and innovations to manufacture high-quality and efficient products for effective patient care. This also includes the manufacturing of surgical dressing products, which are essential for wound care and post-surgery recovery. This is anticipated to boost growth during the surgical dressing market forecast. 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted workflows in the healthcare sector around the world. The disease has forced a number of industries to shut their doors temporarily, including several sub-domains of health care. The global surgical dressing industry was also negatively impacted due to COVID-19. There was a huge reduction in patient visits to the hospitals for treatment of diseases other than coronavirus infection.  

Moreover, the number of surgeries were postponed and hence there was a decrease in demand for surgical dressings. In addition, the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the supply chain across various end-user industries like food & beverage, healthcare, and industry. However, the market is anticipated to witness recovery after the pandemic and show stable growth in the coming future. This is attributed to the resumption of surgeries and other healthcare procedures post-pandemic.    

Segmental Overview 

The surgical dressing industry is segmented on the basis of dressing type, product, end user and region. On the basis of dressing type, the market is categorized into the primary dressing and secondary dressing. On the basis of product, the market is categorized into the traditional dressing and advanced dressing. The traditional dressing is further segmented into gauze, absorbents, bandages, adhesive tapes and others. On the other hand, the advance dressing is segmented into composite dressing, hydrogel dressing, hydrocolloid dressing and others. 

On the basis of end user, the market is categorized into hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and others. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America (the U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, Australia, India, South Korea, and rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and rest of LAMEA). 

By Dressing Type

On the basis of product type, the primary dressing segment dominated the global market in 2021 in terms of revenue and is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the advancement in the primary dressing making it efficient in wound healing. Also, wide range of products offered by key players is increasing the adoption of primary dressings and hence, boosting the market growth.  

Surgical Dressing Market by Dressing Type

By Product 

The traditional dressing segment dominated the market in 2021 in terms of revenue. This growth is attributed to the cost-effectiveness of the traditional dressings which increases its adoption in the wound care treatment in both developed and developing regions. On the other hand, advanced dressing segment is anticipated to grow at a fastest rate during the forecast period, owing to the technological advancements in these products which offers more efficient patient care after the surgery. 

Surgical Dressing Market by Product

By End User 

The hospitals segment held the largest market surgical dressing market share in 2021, which is attributed the resumption of postponed surgeries, and surge in demand for surgical dressings from hospitals. Also, increase in patient visit to hospitals after the pandemic boosts the growth of the hospital segment. These are the most preferred medical care facilities, as they provide higher capacity for both outpatients and inpatients, which led to shift of people toward hospitals for surgical procedures.     

On the other hand, the ambulatory surgical centers (ACS) segment is anticipated to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the rise in awareness among people about ambulatory surgical centers. ASCs typically have lower overhead costs than hospitals, which can result in lower prices for patients, by eliminating the need for an overnight hospital stay. In addition, ambulatory surgical centers often specialize in a specific type of surgery or procedure, which allows them to offer high-quality, specialized care to the patient. Hence, there is a shift of people toward ambulatory surgical centers and this is increasing the number of surgeries performed in ambulatory surgical centers.  

Surgical Dressing Market by End User

By Region

The surgical dressing market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.  North America accounted for a major share of the surgical dressing market share in 2021, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. The presence of major players, advancements in manufacturing technology for surgical products, increase in demand for advanced wound care products, and government support have all played a role in driving the surgical dressing market growth in North America.   

Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. The market growth in this region is attributable to the presence of pharmaceutical companies in the region as well as growth in the purchasing power of populated countries, such as China and India. Moreover, the rise in healthcare expenditure and adoption of high-tech processing to improve the production of surgical dressings, drive the growth of the market in Asia-Pacific.

Surgical Dressing Market by Region



The competition analysis and profiles of the major players in the surgical dressing market, such as 3M Company, B. Braun SE, Cardinal Health Inc., Coloplast Group, Convatec Inc., Essity Aktiebolag, Johnson and Johnson, Molnlycke Health Care AB, Organogenesis Inc. and Smith and Nephew plc. are provided in this report. There are some important players in the market such as Medicure Hygiene, Medtronic Plc., Medline Industries, Inc., Adynxx, Inc., Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corporation, and others. Major players have adopted acquisition, product launch, agreement, innovation, new product development, spin-off, contract, and geographical expansion as key developmental strategies to improve the product portfolio of the surgical dressing market.   

Acquisitions in the Surgical Dressing Market  

  • In March 2020, Essity signed an agreement to acquire 75% of the Swedish medical solutions company ABIGO Medical AB. The company develops, manufactures, and markets products including the Sorbact technology, which is a clinically established innovation for advanced wound care. 
  • In October 2019, 3M completed the acquisition of Acelity, Inc. and its KCI subsidiaries worldwide, which is a leading global medical technology company focused on advanced wound care and specialty surgical applications marketed under the KCI brand. 
  • In April 2021, Essity has acquired the distribution rights to the wound care technology Sorbact, a clinically established innovation for advanced wound care in Australia and New Zealand from the Australian company Bayport Brands. 

Recent Product Launch in Surgical Dressing Market 

  • In January 2023, Convatec announced the U.S. launch of ConvaFoam, a family of advanced foam dressings that can be used on a spectrum of wound types at any stage for wound management and skin protection. 
  • In January 2020, Convatec announced the launch of ConvaMax, the new super absorber dressing, used for the management of highly exuding wounds.   

Geographical Expansion in Surgical Dressing Market

  • In June 2022, Smith and Nephew Plc announced the establishment of a new R&D and manufacturing facility for its Advanced Wound Management franchise on the outskirts of Hull, UK. 

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the surgical dressing market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing surgical dressing market opportunities.
  • Market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the surgical dressing market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing surgical dressing market opportunity.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global surgical dressing market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Surgical Dressing Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2031

USD 2.7 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.1%

Forecast period

2021 - 2031

Report Pages


By Dressing Type
  • Primary Dressing
  • Secondary Dressing
By Product
  • Traditional Dressing
    • Type
      • Gauze
      • Absorbents
      • Bandages
      • Adhesive Tapes
      • Others
  • Advanced Dressing
    • Type
      • Composite Dressing
      • Hydrogel Dressing
      • Hydrocolloid Dressing
      • Others
By End User
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Others
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

Coloplast, B. Braun SE, Organogenesis Holdings Inc., Molnlycke Health Care AB, Cardinal Health Inc., Johnson and Johnson, Essity Aktiebolag AB, Smith and Nephew plc., Convatec Group PLC, 3M Company

Analyst Review

The increase in demand for efficient and high-quality dressings for the treatment of wounds and injuries is expected to offer profitable opportunities for the expansion of the surgical dressing market. 

The number of surgeries performed around the globe in developed as well as developing regions has largely contributed toward the market revenue in 2021, and is expected to maintain this trend throughout the forecast period. Also, advancements in surgical dressings and invention of dressings that offer efficient and faster healing, significantly contribute toward the rise in adoption of advanced surgical dressings products. Moreover, key market players are focusing on development of new products that are easily accessible and are of low cost. This is further anticipated to drive the market growth during the forecast period. 

Furthermore, North America is expected to witness highest growth, in terms of revenue, owing to increase in number of surgeries, and number of accidental cases which needs surgical procedures for treatment. However, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to witness notable growth during the forecast period owing to rise in demand for advanced surgical dressing products, improvement in health awareness, and development in healthcare infrastructure.

Author Name(s) : Monika Darandale| Mansi Pardeshi | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

Surgical dressing is a sterile material used to promote wound healing and is a covering placed over the wound as protection.

Key factors driving the growth of the surgical dressing market include rise in number of surgeries around the globe, increase in number of injuries and accident cases requiring surgical treatments and advancements in wound care technology

Asia-Pacific has the highest growth rate in the market with highest CAGR owing to rise in number of surgeries in populated countries such as China and India and rising healthcare expenditure.

Primary dressing segment is the most influencing segment in surgical dressing market which is attributed to the surge in demand for primary dressing as there is rise in number of surgeries around the globe.

Top companies such as 3M Company, B. Braun SE, Cardinal Health Inc., Coloplast Group, Convatec Inc., Essity Aktiebolag, Johnson & Johnson, Molnlycke Health Care AB, Organogenesis Inc. and Smith and Nephew Plc. hold a market share in surgical dressing market.

The market value of surgical dressing market in 2031 is $2724.45 million.

The base year is 2021 in surgical dressing market.

The forecast period for surgical dressing market is 2022 to 2031

The total market value of surgical dressing market is $1818.05 million in 2021.

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Surgical Dressing Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031