Surgical microscope technology has been around for several decades. By the early 20th century, otolaryngologists became the first surgeons to use the microscope in clinical surgery. Surgical microscopes provide a magnified view for the surgeon that in turn helps in precision during the surgery. New technology surgical microscopes are also furnished with video recording, filters, and integration with other image-guided equipment. Intraoperative fluorescence visualization and 3D experience are other factors driving the application of surgical microscopes in operation rooms. Surgical microscopes are widely used in ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeries, ophthalmic surgeries, plastic surgeries, neuro and spinal surgeries and dental surgeries. In ophthalmology, stability and intensity of red reflex is important for performing surgery, which can be achieved through focused beam illumination. Fiber optic, halogen, xenon, and LED are major illumination types in surgical microscopes.
Currently fixed surgical microscopes (floor, ceiling and wall mount) account for larger share in the market. However, portable microscopes have experienced rapid acceptance in the market. These microscopes although occupy space in the operating room, they offer flexibility in moving the microscope according to convenience of the surgeon. Hospitals may have to invest in extensions in case of fixed surgical microscopes during renovation. Cleaning and maintenance of portable microscopes is also easier as compared to fixed devices. Other accessories can be installed to enhance the capabilities of existing microscope which include binocular extension, extension arm, dental filters, and video recording extensions.
The surgical microscopes market is experiencing appreciable growth due to rapid upgradation of technology. Companies are constantly trying to launch products with specialized use. In 2017, Haag-Streit launched Allegra 700 microscope in the UK, which is designed to specialize in ENT and spinal procedures. Alcon (a part of Novartis) launches the NGENUITY 3D Visualization System in collaboration with TrueVision 3D Surgical in 2016. The new system allows surgeons to operate looking at high definition 3D screen, thus providing better posture and comfort during surgery. The company also launched LuxOR surgical ophthalmic microscope in 2013. The new devices is installed with patented illumin-i technology which helps in maintaining a consistent and stable red reflex regardless of pupil size, centration, lens tilt or patient eye movement.
The global surgical microscopes market is shadowed by the wide spread acceptance of endoscopy surgeries. Being minimally invasive these procedures have various obvious advantages over open surgeries. Hence the market for surgical microscopes is expected to flourish in selective applications such as ophthalmology, plastic surgeries and ENT. Some of the key players in the market include ATMOS MedizinTechnik, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, DRE Medical, Global Surgical Corporation, Haag-Streit Surgical , Orion Medic, Prescott’s, Inc., and Leica Microsystems among others.