Global Medical Robot Market Outlook by 2033

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Robotics in healthcare was a futuristic setting on television where people with wounds or sickness are attended to by a robot, instead of a human doctor. This is now a reality in many hospitals and other medical facilities as robots have become an essential extension of healthcare workers. Medical robots can perform surgeries, deliver medicine, and disinfect rooms in mere minutes. They don’t get tired and they offer outstanding precision unattainable by humans’ range of movement. Moreover, lower-level and repetitive tasks in hospitals can now be automated thanks to the use of medical robots, giving healthcare workers the opportunity to up-skill themselves and focus more on their patients' conditions.  

The concept of combining robotics and medical technology has been around since the 1950s, but it took more than 30 years for it to be executed. In 1985, the first surgical robot, PUMA 560, was used to inject a needle into the human brain for a biopsy procedure, a process that poses a high risk of error when done by human hands. Since then, medical robotics technology has shown tremendous development. Robots are now commonly used in procedures such as prostate cancer surgery, hysterectomy, laparoscopy, and even liver transplant.  

Different Types of Medical Robot

Outside the operating room, medical robots are being used for many other applications. They can be categorized based on their specific applications. Following this, below is a list of some of the most popular type of medical robots.

Surgical robots Perform high-precision surgical procedures.
Rehabilitation robots Facilitate and support people with bodily dysfunction to practice movements with robotic aid.
Robotic prosthetics Artificial limbs designed to restore a degree of normal function to amputees. They use advanced technologies to provide more natural and sophisticated motions to the user. 
Non-invasive surgery robots Offer precise, painless, non-invasive radiation treatment. 
Pharmacy robots Dispense medicine, disinfect rooms, handle storing, filling, and labeling of prescriptions. 
Emergency response robotics system An autonomous robotic platform capable of undertaking surgical intervention at a rescue site where victims found may require immediate intervention. 
Logistics robotics system Automate the process of storing and moving goods as they make their way around medical facilities.
Telemedicine robotics system Enable health consultants to see, hear, and speak with patients remotely as if they were at their bedside.
Diagnostic and imaging robotic systems  Improve positioning, navigation, and offer a more intuitive visualization in various imaging procedures such as sonography. 

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Medical Robots Market Size  

The market for medical robots was estimated at around USD 27.7 billion in 2023, as reported by the market research firm Apollo Research Reports. With a projected acceleration at a 16.5% CAGR, the medical robotics market opportunity is anticipated to expand, reaching a value of USD 127 billion by 2033. The increasing application of robotics in healthcare, combined with advancements in robotics technology, is expected to drive this substantial growth in the medical robot market.

Chart Global Medical Robots Market Value  2023-2033 Million USD 
Source: Statzon/ Apollo Research Reports 

North America, spearheaded by the US, is ahead of other regions in terms of market size, with USD 9.6 billion worth of market value in 2023. Asia Pacific and Europe tagged behind each, contributing USD 7.6 billion and USD 7.3 billion to the total market.  
By 2033, though, APAC is expected to lead the market, taking over North America leadership as the market grows at a 19.7% CAGR, the fastest among all regions — to hit USD 45.6 billion, which is more than 12 billion more than North America's market value. Rapid market growth in China, India, and Singapore. China is leading the market with a USD 2 billion medical robot market size, and it is expected to keep the lead with a CAGR of 22.95%, ending up to 17 billion USD by 2033.
The US market is the biggest in the world, valued at USD 8.8 billion, accounting for about 31% of the global total. The US is an early adopter of medical robots, and the country has been seeing an increasing number of patients undergoing minimal invasive surgeries, a procedure that is typically performed by surgical robots nowadays. North American market also benefited from the presence of several big names in medical robot manufacturing, such as Intuitive Surgery, Auris Health, Zimmer Biomet, and ReWalk Robotics, to name a few.  The U.S. is predicted to retain its leading position until 2033. By then, the U.S. market is projected to grow to USD 30 billion.

Surgical Robotics Systems Dominating the Market   

When looking at product types, the surgical robotic systems category accounted for the highest market revenue in 2023. Valued at USD 7.5 billion, the segment represented about 26.9% of the overall market. This is primarily because surgical robotic systems are priced higher than other medical robots. By 2033, the value of this segment is projected to increase to USD 31.9 billion, with a growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7%. 

According to Apollo Research Reports segmentation, other medical robot market segments are robotic prosthetics (USD 3.6 billion), pharma robots (USD 4.9 billion), medical service robots (USD 5.2 billion), exo-robots (USD 4 billion), and cleanroom robots (USD 2.5 billion). Exo-robots are projecting the highest CAGR among all segments at 18.2% during the forecast period 2023-2033. By the end of the period, the market value for the exo-robot segment will reach USD 21.5 billion.  

Global Medical Robots Market Value, By Type, 2023-2033, Million USDSource: Statzon/ Apollo Research Reports 

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Medical Robotic Market Share by End-users 

The three biggest end-users of medical robots are hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and rehabilitation centers.
The hospital robot market, ambulatory surgery centers, and rehabilitation centers represent the largest contributor to the total market. Hospitals contribute 47% to the market share, followed by ambulatory surgery centers with 26%, and rehabilitation centers with 23%. The remaining 4% is categorized under the "Other" segment.

Global Medical Robots Market Value, By End User, 2023-2033, Million USD 
Source: Statzon/ Apollo Research Reports 

Medical Robot Market by Applications

In terms of applications, we will have to look at another report provided by another research company, Next Move Strategy Consulting. The firm listed at least 12 different segments based on the application of the medical robots.  

Out of 12, the laparoscopy segment is the highest contributor in the market with an estimated USD 2.6 billion in market value in 2022. This number is anticipated to reach USD 9.1 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 16.5%. Da Vinci is the most well-known surgical robotic system used to perform laparoscopic surgery and other minimally invasive surgeries as well. Despite its USD 2 million price tag, the robot is loved by doctors and patients alike for its ease of use and faster recovery times.  

Neuro and orthopedic surgeries are the other two biggest application segments in the market each contributing a market value of USD 2.2 billion and USD 1.7 billion in 2022.   

The first application of robotic surgery was in the field of neurosurgery when PUMA 560 was used for brain biopsy purposes. However, due to the complexity of neurological structures and the constrained space that neurosurgeons must work in, neurosurgery has been slow in the adoption of medical robotics. Regardless, the utilization of robotics systems in the neurosurgery field has been proven to increase surgical accuracy, allowing surgeons to perform more complicated operations.   

Orthopedic surgery began incorporating robotic technology in 1992, with the introduction of ROBODOC. Today we have Mako robotic arm from Stryker, which is famous for its unmatched ability in implant placement during knee replacement surgery without damaging the surrounding tissue.    

Leading Medical Robot Companies

The medical robotics market is dynamic and rapidly evolving, with new players entering the space and technological advancements constantly shaping the competitive landscape. Some of the biggest and most well-known medical robotics companies are: 

  • Intuitive Surgical: The company has historically been a dominant player in the medical robotics market, particularly in robotic-assisted surgery. They are known for their da Vinci Surgical System, a widely used robotic surgical platform for minimally invasive procedures.

  • Stryker Corporation: Stryker is a healthcare robotics company that made headlines when it purchased Mako Surgical Corporation in 2013. Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology has gained traction in orthopedic surgery, specifically joint replacement procedures.

  • Medtronic: Medtronic is a diversified medical technology company involved in various healthcare domains, including medical robotics. 

  • Zimmer Biomet Robotics, formerly known as Medtech, is a renowned company specializing in the production of healthcare robots. Their primary focus lies in developing surgical robots that aid in performing central nervous system procedures. One of their highly successful products is ROSA, a robot designed to assist surgeons in conducting minimally invasive surgeries.

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Source: Statzon, Next Move Strategy Consulting market research report on medical robotics, Apollo Research Global - Medical Robots Report

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