The global urinary catheters market size is expected to reach USD 3.38 Billion in 2030 and register a revenue CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period. Growing prevalence of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and urinary incontinence among women, increasing rate of obesity, and increasing geriatric population globally are some factors driving market revenue growth. A urinary catheter is a flexible tube used to empty the bladder and collect urine in a drainage bag. Urinary catheters are usually made of rubber, silicone, latex, and polyurethane. Urinary catheters are used in the case of urinary retention, urinary incontinence, prostate surgery, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, dementia, and others. It can also be used to empty the bladder before or after surgery and to help perform certain tests.
Moreover, urinary incontinence is increasingly common with the rise in the geriatric population. Presently, many developing countries have been witnessing a sharp rise in urinary disorder cases during the forecast period as the geriatric population increases. Unhealthy diet habits, obesity, and genetic disorders are several factors that promote urinary incontinence.
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Moreover, urinary catheter manufacturers are focusing on developing products with advanced technologies that can help to reduce UTIs and also allow urologists to offer improved urological treatment and patient care. In addition, major companies are concentrating on introducing intermittent urinary catheters that are manufactured using hydrophilic technology and have antibacterial properties.
In addition, various researches were conducted and published stating an overall catheter utilization of 31% on an average basis, considering 0.4 million catheter days over 1.4 million patient days from 726 hospitals across 34 states in India. Moreover, 75% of the total patients suffering from UTIs are advised to use urinary catheters in hospitals and clinics. Among hospitalized patients, 15-25% are using a urinary catheter during their hospital stay. Increasing road accidents have attracted the attention of the government toward the healthcare sector, which led to the introduction of various initiatives attracting private investors to expand their businesses by manufacturing several medical goods and equipment. Patients suffering from different diseases resulting in lack of movement use with a urinary catheter for urination purposes that has also led to a rise in demand, which is expected to drive the market revenue growth.
Drivers: Growing prevalence of urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence means a person urinates when they do not want to. A person loses control over the urinary sphincter as it gets weakened. Incontinence lasts longer due to several reasons such as weak bladder or pelvic floor muscles, overactive bladder muscles, damage to nerves that control the bladder from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease, diseases such as arthritis that may make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time and pelvic organ prolapse. It is most common in specific countries such as the US. According to the American Urological Association, women are more prone to urinary incontinence than men. An estimated 30% of females aged 30-60 are suffering from it compared to 1.5-5% of men. Obesity and smoking are primary causes of this disorder. Data suggests that, in developing countries, over 50 million people suffer from urinary incontinence. People with urinary incontinence are frequently depressed. Moreover, increasing cases of urinary incontinence among women is a key factor expected to boost market revenue growth during the forecast period.
Restraints: Complication associated with catheterization
Poor quality catheters are the cause of urinary tract infections. The side effects caused due to such catheters are headache, fever, cloudy urine, chills, burning in the genital area,blood in the urine, foul-smelling urine, achiness, and low back pain. Poorly lubricated catheters when inserted and removed can cause friction between the surface of the device and the urethral walls, which can lead to infection and bleeding. Catheters made with poor quality material can also cause allergic reactions and injuries such as kidney damage, blood in the urine, bladder stones, injury to the urethra, and septicemia, which is expected to hamper market growth during the forecast period.
COVID-19 adversely affected market growth in countries across the globe. Many healthcare staff and workers were engaged in treating COVID-19 patients day and night. Post lockdown, economic activities revived and surgeries were conducted on a daily basis leading to hospitalization and frequent use of urinary catheters. People suffering severely from COVID-19 were prescribed urinary catheters to prevent any movement from their ward. Governments, especially of emerging countries, introduced reforms to revolutionize the healthcare sector and also focused on bringing private investments worldwide. Research activities and up-gradation of laboratories helped in the development of better quality catheters, which have been used for clinical purposes, which is further contributing to market growth of urinary catheters.
On the basis of type, global urinary catheters market is segmented into coated catheters, uncoated catheters, and others.
Coated catheters segment accounted for largest revenue share in 2021 and is expected to grow at a rapid rate during the forecast period owing to the availability of better quality catheters to reduce anti-fouling properties. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-coated catheters, also known as Teflon-coated catheters have low coefficient and non-stick properties, which makes them an optimal material for resisting bacterial expansion. Moreover, recent improvements in the catheters coating such as parylene coatings that are more lubricated and have comparatively fewer side effects are factors boosting market growth.
End-use Type Insights:
On the basis of end-use type, global urinary catheters market is segmented into hospitals, long-term care facilities, and others.
Hospitals segment accounted for a significantly large revenue share in 2021 and is expected to register rapid growth rate during the forecast period owing to an increasing number of patients getting hospitalized. Catheters are also used after operation to remove fluid and blood from the body. Hospitals also have their own diagnostic center which also requires catheters for diagnosing and imaging-related purposes. An increase in government spending on building hospitals in developing areas, production of better quality urinary catheters and procurement by hospitals in substantial numbers, increasing research activities for the development of innovative products, and an increasing number of women suffering from UTI has led to high demand for urinary catheters and is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.
On the basis of product, global urinary catheters market is segmented into indwelling catheters, intermittent catheters, external catheters, and others.
Indwelling catheters segment accounted for a significantly large market revenue share in 2021. An indwelling catheter collects urine by attaching it to a drainage bag. It also has a valve that can be opened to flow out urine. These bags can also be secured to patients’ legs, allowing them to be worn under clothes. One end of the indwelling catheter has deflated balloon that inflates with sterile water to hold the catheter in place. Various side effects are associated with this catheter such as blockages, bladder spasms, pain, and discomfort.
Intermittent catheters segment is expected to register rapid growth rate during the forecast period owing to its pre-lubrication to reduce discomfort during insertion. A person has to replace the catheter post emptying the bladder several times a day. It is easy to use and more comfortable than other types of catheters, which has led doctors to prescribe this catheter for short-term use.
On the basis of application type, global urinary catheters market is segmented into urinary incontinence, general surgery, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and others.
Urinary incontinence segment accounted for largest market revenue share in 2021 and is expected to register steady growth rate during the forecast period owing to increasing cases of UTIs and other medical conditions such as stroke, paralysis, mobility impairment, and cancer. Urge incontinence and stress are the most common types of urinary incontinence found in women these days. Overflow urinary incontinence occurs as a result of constant dribbling of urine due to overfilled bladder because of obstruction or blockage to urinary flow as in prostatic enlargement or urethral structure. Functional urinary incontinence occurs when there is a lack of mobility in reaching the bathroom in severe arthritis or bedridden cases. An increasing number of hospitalization worldwide has led to aging and urinary continence has led to demand for catheters, which is expected to drive market growth.
Based on regional analysis, market in North America accounted for largest revenue share in 2021 and is expected to grow at a steady rate during the forecast period owing to high prevalence of chronic diseases. Moreover, increasing geriatric population across the globe has led to an increase in demand for indwelling catheters, which is also boosting growth of the market. Moreover, growing awareness about UTIs, the presence of highly skilled professionals, and well-established medical equipment manufacturing companies such as ConvaTec Inc., Teleflex Incorporated, and others is also contributing to market growth in this region.
Market in Asia-Pacific is expected to register rapid growth rate during the forecast period owing to increasing prevalence of spinal cord injury and UTIs. In addition, governments and regulatory bodies of countries in this region are increasing healthcare expenditure and introducing various initiatives to attract private medical equipment manufacturing companies to improve healthcare facilities across the country, which is also expected to boost growth of the market during the forecast period. Furthermore, lower cost of production and cheaper raw materials is also driving market growth in this region.
Market in Europe accounted for a significantly large revenue share in 2021 owing to the presence of developed healthcare infrastructure and increasing R&D activities across the region.
Major COMPANIES and Competitive Landscape
Companies profiled in global market include B. Braun Melsungen AG, Boston Scientific Corporation, Coloplast, ConvaTec Inc., Becton, Dickson and Company, Cardinal Health, Teleflex Incorporated, Wellspect Healthcare, Medical Technologies of Georgia, and J and M Urinary Catheters, LLC.
Initiatives taken by major companies are driving growth of the market, for instance:
In November 2020, Coloplast acquired Nine Continents Medical Inc., for USD 145 million. Nine Continents Medical Inc. is developing a self-powered, miniaturized, Implantable Tibial Nerve Stimulation (ITNS) treatment for overactive bladder (OAB). ITNS can be placed in the lower leg during a short, minimally invasive procedure, which requires no recharging and recurring doctor visits.
In February 2021, Minnesota Medical Technologies Corporation, which is a medical device manufacturing company based in Stewartville, US, and Wellspect Healthcare, had come into agreement for the distribution of fecal incontinence insert developed by Minnesota Medical across Europe.
Segments Covered in the Report
This report offers historical data and forecasts revenue growth at a global, regional, and country level, and provides analysis of the market trends in each of the sub-segments from 2022 to 2030. For this study, Reports and Data has segmented urinary catheters market based on product, type, end-use, product, application, and region:
Urinary Catheter Market Report Scope
Segments covered By Type Outlook, End-use Outlook, Product Outlook, Application Outlook, Regional Outlook
By Type Outlook
By End-use Outlook
Long-term care facilities
By Product Outlook
By Application Outlook
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Middle East & Africa
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