Surgical Devices in India
Surgical device subcategories in India include:
- Handheld devices such as scissors, cutters, blades, scalpels, graspers, staplers and sutures
- Electro-surgical devices and accessories such as monopolar, bi-polar and radio frequency, pencils, specialty electrodes, return electrodes, suction coagulators
- Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery devices such as skin knives, aspirators, liposuction pumps, infiltration pumps
- Robotic and computer assisted devices; in 2012 there were just 12 surgical robots in India
- IV products such as catheters, syringes, needles
- Surgical apparel such as gowns and masks
- Skin preps, dressings and tapes
- Sterilization equipment such as autoclaves, UV filtration
- Infusion and injection pumps
Many Indian companies make basic handheld surgical devices, but global companies such as 3M and Kimberley Clark have also entered the market. More advance devices are manufactured by western companies such as B. Braun Melsugen AG, Carefusion, Covidien PLC, J&J’s Ethicon, and Medicon.
Surgical procedures are offered by all major chains of investor owned hospitals in India such as Apollo, Fortis, Max and Wockhardt, as well as by many super-specialty hospitals and government entities. Many of the top hospitals offer surgeries as a medical tourist service, especially for cosmetic or other elective surgery.