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U.S. Thermal Ablation Devices Market
Report #A562 -
August 2012
228 Pages – 77 Exhibits – 11 Company Profiles

In the medical devices industry, the term “ablation”—primarily referring to radiofrequency or RF ablation—has become a common description attached to devices that “kill or remodel selective tissue without vaporizing the major structures themselves.” Today, minimally invasive thermal ablation involves not only RF, but laser, microwave and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technologies, and is commonly utilized in several established, growing, technology-driven medical treatment areas, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), cancer/tumor ablation, endometrial ablation/menorrhagia, and the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency/varicose veins, as a cost-effective, efficacious alternative to surgery.

In addition to the lucrative (more than $730 million) and steadily growing U.S. thermal ablation medical devices market, nonsurgical energy-based (ablative) aesthetic devices, including laser/light-based and RF-based skin rejuvenation/tightening systems, as well as emerging HIFU and promising new nonsurgical fat reduction technologies such as cryolipolysis, are part of a significantly large, growing market benefiting from an aging population with a high discretionary income and willingness to invest in fast, effective, office-based aesthetic treatments with minimal down time. In 2011, the total estimated U.S. nonsurgical energy-based aesthetic devices market totaled more than $386 million.

Combined, the U.S. thermal ablation devices market—including generators, probes/applicators/instruments/disposables/accessories and service/procedure fees for the treatment areas defined in this report—totaled more than $1.1 billion in 2011. Despite current economic instability, each market segment profiled in this report is expected to increase at moderate to very healthy compound annual growth rates—ranging from 3.3%-17.7%—due to strong demand, cost-efficiency and efficacy, strong reimbursement, emerging unique, proprietary cost-effective, multi-platform next-generation technologies, and an aging population susceptible to various diseases/conditions.

This dynamic report from Medtech Insight includes analyses of products, markets, competitors, and emerging drugs, technology and opportunities. Covered products in this report include selected specialized energy-based generator systems, medical devices/instruments/accessories for the following minimally invasive or nonsurgical ablation treatment areas: BPH, cancer, chronic venous insufficiency/varicose veins, menorrhagia, and selected aesthetic areas, such as skin rejuvenation/skin tightening and body sculpting/cellulite/targeted fat reduction. Other applications include treatment of spinal denervation, stress urinary incontinence, and uterine fibroids.

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Reports are produced exclusively by Medtech Insight, through extensive primary and secondary research among the clinicians, researchers, and competitors in the marketplace, and draw upon the industry expertise of a network of industry insiders. Medtech Insight exhaustively corroborates the data as a baseline for completing forward-looking analysis and providing insight into product, technology and market evolution.





i.      Overview of Thermal Ablation

ii.     Thermal Ablation Medical Devices Market

iii.    Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Devices Market

iv.    Methodology


Exhibit ES-1:    Thermal Effects on Tissue

Exhibit ES-2:    Thermal Ablation Devices for Medically Necessary Care, Combined Market Forecast, 2011-2016

Exhibit ES-3:    Thermal Ablation Devices for Medically Necessary Care, Market Forecast, by Treatment Segment, 2011-2016

Exhibit ES-4:    Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Devices, Market Forecast, 2011-2016




1.1 Applications for Thermal Ablation

1.1.1 Aesthetics—Skin Rejuvenation and Tightening Alma Lasers Cutera Cynosure Palomar Medical Technologies Solta Medical Syneron Medical

1.1.2 Aesthetics—Body Sculpting, Fat Reduction, and the Reduction in the Appearance of Cellulite Cutera Cynosure Osyris Medical/LSO Medical Solta Medical Syneron Medical Zeltiq Aesthetics

1.1.3 Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy American Medical Systems/Endo Health Solutions Boston Scientific ProstaLund Operations Urologix Transurethral Needle Ablation Laser- and Other Energy-Based Therapies Holmium Laser Ablation/Enucleation of the Prostate Lumenis Photoselective Vaporization ofthe Prostate American Medical Systems/Endo Health Solutions

1.1.4 Cancer/Tumor Ablation Radiofrequency Ablation AngioDynamics Boston Scientific Celsion Covidien Thermedical Other Ablation Methods Cryoablation Sanarus Technologies Microwave Ablation Covidien Microsulis Medical and AngioDynamics High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound EDAP TMS InSightec/Elbit Imaging

1.1.5 Menorrhagia/Endometrial Ablation Boston Scientific CooperSurgical/The Cooper Companies Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson Hologic

1.1.6 Spinal Decompression and Denervation ArthroCare Relievant Medsystems Smith & Nephew

1.1.7 Stress Urinary Incontinence Novasys Medical

1.1.8 Varicose Vein Ablation AngioDynamics CermaVEIN Covidien

1.1.9 Uterine Fibroids InSightec/Elbit Imaging Philips Healthcare/Royal Philips Electronics


Exhibit 1-1:      Thermal Effects on Tissue

Exhibit 1-2:      The Accent Radiofrequency Platform

Exhibit 1-3:      The Pixel CO2 Fractional Laser System and Technology

Exhibit 1-4:      The Thermage CPT System

Exhibit 1-5:      Sublative and Sublime Skin Rejuvenation Technologies

Exhibit 1-6:      The TruSculpt Body Sculpting System

Exhibit 1-7:      The Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Workstation

Exhibit 1-8:      The Smartlipo LaserBodySculpting Workstations

Exhibit 1-9:      The Lipocontrol GPS Laser Assisted Lipolysis System

Exhibit 1-10:    A Step-by-Step LipoSonix Procedure

Exhibit 1-11:    The VelaShape II System

Exhibit 1-12:    The UltraShape Contour I Body Sculpting System

Exhibit 1-13:    The CoolSculpting System and Step-by-Step Process

Exhibit 1-14:    Advantages and Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Therapy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Exhibit 1-15:    The CoreTherm System

Exhibit 1-16:    Five-Year Clinical Comparison of Symptomatic Reduction in

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Using the CoreTherm System and Competitive Treatments

Exhibit 1-17:    The CoolWave and Targis Systems

Exhibit 1-18:    The Cooled ThermCath Advance Catheter

Exhibit 1-19:    Cooled ThermoTherapy, Selected Five-Year Clinical Trial Results

Exhibit 1-20:    Comparison of Cooled ThermoTherapy with Drug Therapy, Selected Clinical Results

Exhibit 1-21:    The Prostiva Radiofrequency Therapy System

Exhibit 1-22:    Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate Using the VersaPulse PowerSuite Laser System

Exhibit 1-23:    Selected Advantages of Holmium Laser Ablation Using the VersaPulse PowerSuite Compared with Photoselective Vaporization Using the GreenLight PV

Exhibit 1-24:    The GreenLight High Performance System

Exhibit 1-25:    The GreenLight Xcelerated Performance System

Exhibit 1-26:    The MoXy Liquid Cooled Fiber

Exhibit 1-27:    The Model 1500X Electrosurgical Generator, and StarBurst Xli-Enhanced and Semi-Flex Electrodes

Exhibit 1-28:    The StarBurst SDE and MRI Electrodes

Exhibit 1-29:    The NanoKnife Low Energy Direct Current System and Electrode Probes

Exhibit 1-30:    The RF 3000 Generator and LeVeen Needle Electrode

Exhibit 1-31:    The Cool-tip RF Ablation System

Exhibit 1-32:    The Cool-tip RF Ablation System E Series

Exhibit 1-33:    The HALOFLEX System

Exhibit 1-34:    The SERF Ablation System

Exhibit 1-35:    The Visica 2 Treatment System and Step-by-Step Cryoablation Process

Exhibit 1-36:    The Evident MWA System

Exhibit 1-37:    The Acculis MTA System and Three-Step Procedure

Exhibit 1-38:    The Ablatherm Robotic HIFU System

Exhibit 1-39:    The ExAblate System

Exhibit 1-40:    Breast Cancer Treatment Using the ExAblate System

Exhibit 1-41:    The Three-Step Endometrial Ablation Process Using   the Genesys HTA System

Exhibit 1-42:    The Her Option Cryoablation System

Exhibit 1-43:    The Gynecare ThermaChoice III Uterine Balloon Therapy System and a Comparison of Selected Outcome Data with Competitive Thermal Ablation Systems

Exhibit 1-44:    The NovaSure System and Step-by-Step Endometrial Ablation Process

Exhibit 1-45:    Selected Features of the Next-Generation NovaSure System

Exhibit 1-46:    Nucleoplasty Using Coblation Technology

Exhibit 1-47:    Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy and Targeted Disc Decompression

Exhibit 1-48:    Renessa Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence

Exhibit 1-49:    The VenaCure EVLT System

Exhibit 1-50:    The SVS System for the Treatment of Varicose Veins

Exhibit 1-51:    The Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy System

Exhibit 1-52:    Endovenous Ablation Using the Venefit System

Exhibit 1-53:    Uterine Fibroid Treatment Using the ExAblate System

Exhibit 1-54:    Sonalleve Therapy



2.1 Procedure Volumes

2.2 Market Forecast

2.3 Competitive Analysis

2.3.1 Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Ablation

2.3.2 Cancer/Tumor Ablation

2.3.3 Endometrial Ablation

2.3.4 Endovenous Ablation

2.4 Other Ablation Markets

2.4.1 Aesthetics Procedure Volumes Market Forecast Competitive Analysis Nonsurgical Body Sculpting/Fat Reduction

2.4.2 Spinal Disc Decompression and Denervation


Exhibit 2-1:      Thermal Ablation, Procedure Volumes Forecast, by Type, 2011-2016

Exhibit 2-2:      Thermal Ablation Devices for Medically Necessary Care, Combined Market Forecast, 2011-2016

Exhibit 2-3:      Thermal Ablation Devices for Medically Necessary Care, Market Forecast, by Treatment Segment, 2011-2016

Exhibit 2-4:      2011, Thermal Ablation Devices Market for Medically Necessary Care, Share of Sales, by Segment

Exhibit 2-5:      2016, Thermal Ablation Devices Market for Medically Necessary Care, Share of Sales, by Segment

Exhibit 2-6:      2011, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Laser Ablation Products Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-7:      2011, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Microwave and Radiofrequency Ablation Products Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-8:      2011, Tumor Ablation Products Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-9:      2011, Endometrial Ablation Products Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-10:    2011, Endovenous Ablation Products Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-11:    2010 and 2011, Selected Aesthetic Procedures and Average Physician Fees

Exhibit 2-12:    2011, Top 5 Surgical Aesthetic Procedures

Exhibit 2-13:    2011, Top 5 Nonsurgical Aesthetic Procedures

Exhibit 2-14:    Selected Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Treatments, Procedure Volumes Forecast, 2011-2016

Exhibit 2-15:    Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Devices, Market Forecast, 2011-2016

Exhibit 2-16:    Leading Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Device Companies, Global Revenues, 2010-2011

Exhibit 2-17:    2011, Global Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Devices Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-18:    2011, U.S. Nonsurgical Energy-Based Aesthetic Devices Market, Share by Supplier

Exhibit 2-19:    2012, Selected Nonsurgical Energy-Based Body Sculpting/Fat Reduction Systems



3.1       AngioDynamics, Inc.

3.2       Boston Scientific Corporation

3.3       Covidien PLC

3.4       Endo Health Solutions, Inc.

3.5       Hologic, Inc.

3.6       InSightec LTD/Elbit Imaging LTD

3.7       Johnson & Johnson

3.8       Microsulis Medical LTD

3.9       Solta Medical, Inc.

3.10     Syneron Medical LTD

3.11     Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.




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