Surgical Apparel Market USD 2.28 billion in 2023

The global Surgical Apparel market is forecasted to grow at a rate of 23.7% from USD 2.28 billion in 2023 to USD 43.56 billion in 2032. An increased demand for better quality care by patients during the hospital stay is forcing the administration to invest in better quality surgical apparel. Moreover, the growing need to protect the patient and the healthcare workers from infections during surgeries is further augmenting market demand.

The intense competition among vendors is also playing a key role in ensuring an improved outcome to drive the market demand. An increase in the number of surgeries is the major driving factor of the market. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) has projected that 3 million Total Knee Arthroplasty procedures would be performed by 2030 in the U.S. alone. Additionally, the spinal surgeries are becoming increasingly popular, and approximately 432,000 spinal fusions are performed each year in the U.S. However, stringent regulatory compliance pertaining to specialized medical protective clothing products would hinder the global market demand of medical protective clothing.

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The demand for surgical apparels in developed nations such as the United States, Western Europe, Japan will grow at a slow pace owing to the already well-established medical system. By contrast, BRIC countries like Brazil, China, Russia, and India, will exceed the average world demand as they expand their health care sectors, modernize, and adapt to formal infection prevention protocols

Type Outlook:

Prevention of the spread of viruses, bacterial, and fungi is a major priority among healthcare sector since the transmission can lead to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The rate of spread of these infections can be reduced through the adherence to infection control policies. The reusable apparel materials can wear down over the course of time due to repetitive use and laundering. Single-use disposable apparels are made with durable material and are not subject to the potential detracting effects like reuse, laundering, storage, and decontamination, whereas disposable apparels are less subjected to incidental factors such as being damaged or getting lost. Advancement in materials has aided disposable scrubs to become more comfortable, and the temperature and breathability levels are up, in many cases, comparable to reusable options.

Surgical Apparel Market: type Dynamics (USD billion)

Product Type Outlook:

The surgical gowns dominated the product type segment. The higher protection level offered by the disposable surgical gowns have increased their adoption rate over reusable surgical gowns. The manufacturers have come up with innovative ideas to boost the sales of these products. The market for these gowns have been established for a long time, and there are a number of innovations in technology for propelling the efficiency of the gowns so that they can provide better protection to patients as well as surgeons.

On 31 Oct 2018, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, announced the launch of ViroSÄ“l. This innovative fabric is manufactured for the most critical areas of a surgical gown, which is designed to keep the medical professionals protected as well as comfortable.

End Users Outlook:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) members reported that they had performed more than 17.7 million surgical and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures in the U.S. in 2018. That’s approximately 277,000 more cosmetic procedures than in 2023. The stats, according to surgeons, reveal several body enhancement trends, including spikes in non-invasive surgical breast augmentation, fat reduction, and liposuction.

Most of these surgeries take place in private clinics. Many patients prefer the privacy of high-profiled plastic surgeons in clinics as compared to hospitals where there is a high chance of being recognized. Cosmetic alteration is a very common form of surgery undertaken by several patients to increase their confidence. The rising trend of these surgeries is fostering the demand for more clinics and the usage of high-quality apparel, especially in the South Korean region.

Surgical Apparel Market: End users dynamics (share in percentage)

Regional Outlook:

The factors driving the North American market is the increased number of surgical procedures undertaken every year. Moreover, the stringent regulation regarding patient and healthcare workers safety is also propelling the demand for the market. The region has been trying consistently to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Less awareness in the field is also limiting its demand. One of the latest trends observed in the surgical apparel market in the region is the launch of new products with improved characteristics.

According to CDC, HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Patients who acquire this infection are likely to spend an additional 6.5 days in the hospitals and are five times more likely to be readmitted after discharge and twice as likely to die. Healthcare workers are taking great strides to reduce these infections and eliminate HAIs.



  • Reusable hospital apparels helps in keeping the cost down. Hospitals can save up to USD 105,000 in reduced waste costs by switching to reusable apparel. That’s almost the dollar equivalent of 8,000 chemotherapies procedure. The segment held a market share of 55.7% in the year 2019.
  • Disposable glove manufacturers have several opportunities for growth, as the trend among end-users shifts from traditional powder natural rubber latex (NRL) to powder-free NRL and synthetic gloves. This shift in preference is largely induced by the presence of allergy-causing proteins in powder NRL.
  • Vendors are being challenged to develop new technologies to meet customers’ demand for high-quality gloves at a low price. Powder-free NRL gloves are attractive to the younger generation of surgeons that have been trained to use them, as they offer excellent protection from potential allergic reactions caused by contact with the powder.
  • The ambulatory surgical centers are growing due to the increase in chronic disease and a rise in the geriatric population. Moreover, the advancements in the surgeries such as endoscopy and laparoscopy, are further expected to propel the market demand. The increase in the number of surgeries in these centers is augmenting the demand for surgical apparels, which in turn is fostering market growth.
  • The growing population in the Asia Pacific region has augmented the demand for surgical apparel. India used to meet its annual demand for one lakh piece of medical textiles through China, the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland is now pegging its demand during the pandemic at around 50-60 lakh pieces in the next two months. The region is witnessing a massive upsurge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Companies considered and profiled in this market study

Johnson & Johnson, Baxter International, Medtronic, Boston Scientific Corporation, GE Healthcare, Smith & Nephew, Stryker Corporation, B Braun, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Covidien, have been profiled in the report. They are the major manufacturers of the product.

The players operating in the market have undertaken a number of strategies related to the market in the period 2023-2032. The key highlight is:

  • In March 2020, 3M Company has in two months doubled global production of N95 masks to about 100 million a month, and it’s planning to invest in new equipment to push annual mask production to USD 2 billion within 12 months. The company’s Aberdeen plant was already ramped up production of respirator masks in response to demand from first responders battling wildfires in Australia and contending with a volcano in the Philippines, now, it would shift to “surge capacity.”
  • As an instance, in March 2020, BYD Company had unveiled the largest face masks plant in China. The focus of the expansion was to cater to the increasing demand for masks during the coronavirus outbreak. The plan has a capacity of 50 lakh masks per day. Such initiatives by various organizations would contribute to the growth of the sector.
  • In February 2020, to ensure that healthcare workers who are working tirelessly in impacted areas in China have adequate protection, Johnson & Johnson has donated one million masks, as well as goggles, protective suits, thermometers and respirators, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Start-up Traction

The industry offers numerous growth opportunities. Thus, a number of startups providing innovative products and technologies have been entering the market. Some of them include Medikabazaar, Aegle Gear, Smarterials Technology, Novo Health Services, and Nexera Medical.

Medikabazaar, an online B2B platform for hospital supplies and equipment is in the process of raising USD 26.29 Million (or 200 crore) from venture capital investors in Japan, Belgium and Germany. The Mumbai-based startup, founded in 2015 by Ketan Malkan and Vivek Tiwari, sells medical and hospital supplies (which include surgical apparels) to more than 20,000 hospitals and clinics across 23 cities in India.

Deals Landscape

Mergers and Acquisitions are an integral part of the Surgical Apparel industry. Along with the companies operating in the market, other key market players have also been entering the industry.

  • On 30 Apr. 2018, Owens & Minor, the U.S. based healthcare company, completed an acquisition of the surgical & infection prevention business of Halyard Health, Inc., S&IP business for approximately USD 710 million in cash. Owens & Minor takes a significant step in renovating its business into a global healthcare solutions provider. This transaction is expected to expand the company’s influence into new markets globally, will develop its presence in the medical products segment, and open new avenues for growth.

Mergers and acquistions: deals landscape

Expert Insights:

Reports and Data forecasts promising developments for increased adoption of Surgical Apparel technology. According to industrial experts, application relating to surgical apparels will usher in the market and are soon to be seen in industry. Moreover, new manufacturers are expected to enter the market who are likely to provide platform-centric Surgical Apparel solutions for production applications. New companies entering the industry would focus on innovating and providing through advanced technologies thereby reducing complexity and lowering the overall total cost of operation. Experts also believe that increase in adoption of latest technologies in emerging nations would be a key development area for the industry.

Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at a global, regional & country level, and provides an analysis of the market trends in each of the sub-segments from 2023 to 2032. The scope of the report can be defined as:

For the purpose of this report have segmented into the global Surgical Apparel market on the basis of type, product type, end-user, and region:

Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2023-2032)

  • Disposable
  • Reusable

Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2023-2032)

  • Scrubs
  • Gowns
  • Caps
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Others

End User Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2023-2032)

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic Centers
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Clinics
  • Others

Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2023-2032)

  • North America
    • U.S
  • Europe
    • U.K
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
  • MEA
  • Latin America
    • Brazil

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