Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market Segmentation by Type (Amorphous Gel, Hydrogel Sheets, and Impregnated Gauze); by Indication (Chronic Wounds, and Acute Wounds); and by End-User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Specialty Clinics, and Others) – Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2033

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Global Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2033

The global oral hydrogel wound dressing market is estimated to garner a revenue of ~USD 900 Million by the end of 2033 by growing at a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033. Further, the market generated a revenue of ~USD 700 Million in the year 2022.  As chronic and acute wounds are major healthcare concerns, the growth of the market is attributed to the growing number of chronic wound cases and rising demand for effective wound care and infection control in primary healthcare settings. For instance, healthcare expenditures for chronic wounds in the U.S. alone amount to more than 26 billion dollars per year, affecting over 6 million people.


Amidst various advancements in the field of oral hydrogels wound dressings, they are now being used in a broad spectrum such as pain relief, wound contamination prevention, and boosting effective healing. As per an article published by National Center for Biotechnology Information, technological advancements have led to hydrogel dressings showing great potential for treating acute wounds (e.g., burns, hemorrhages, ruptured internal organs or aortas, and chronic wounds). A total of 24 types of polysaccharide-based wound dressings are registered with the FDA in the market for hydrogel wound dressings. With their inherent bioactivity and their variety of natural and polymeric types, oral hydrogels have huge potential as effective oral therapeutic systems, which in turn, is expected to create lucrative opportunities to increase the oral hydrogel wound dressing market size during the forecast period. Furthermore, numerous advantages offered by oral hydrogel wound dressing such as keeping the wound moist, warm, and protected, along with its ability to be applied with topical medications and high capability of treating all type of injuries is expected to result in high sales of oral hydrogel wound dressing in the assessment period. Also, the rising burden owing to increased cases of infections along with the massive investments by the government to develop novel oral hydrogel wound dressing products is anticipated to surge the growth of the global oral hydrogel wound dressing in the next few years.

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Global Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~USD 700 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~USD 900 Million

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Rising R&D on Novel Hydrogels – As the number of chronic and acute wounds is increasing owing to accidents, injuries, and trauma, massive investment is made in developing advanced oral hydrogel wound dressing products. Hence, the rising number of research and development on oral hydrogel wound dressing has led to better advancement in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds and created positive opportunities for market expansion. For instance, a recent study investigating the creation of novel chitosan hydrogels with advantageous strength properties was published in Carbohydrate Polymers. The study has been carried out by chemists from Tiangong University in China.

  • Increasing Geriatric Population – With people aging, their body weakens and organs deteriorate. As a result, the wounds require a much longer time to heal, generating the need for oral hydrogel wound dressings. Therefore, the rising geriatric population is attributed to bringing lucrative growth expansion for market growth. As per the data released by United Nations, the number of people over 60 in 2019 was 1 billion worldwide. Furthermore, this number is forecasted to increase to 1.4 billion by 2030 and reach 2.1 billion by 2050.

  • Increasing Number of Burn Cases - According to the World Health Organization, every year, across the world, an estimated 180,000 deaths are caused by burns, which primarily occur in the workplace and home.

  • Growing Number of Accidental Emergencies - Based on statistics released by the World Health Organization, approximately 1.3 million people die in road accidents every year.

  • Increasing Prevalence of Post-Surgical Wounds - It is estimated that the possibilities of a patient developing a surgical site infection after surgery are between 2%-7% and the same type of infection is estimated to gross above 18% in the case of contaminated wounds.


  • The high cost associated with the treatment is restraining the population with middle income to adopt oral hydrogel wound dressing. Further lack of proper reimbursement policies is further pushing away consumers from utilizing oral hydrogel wound dressing during the assessment period.
  • Technological Challenges
  • Growing Concern in Patients for Urgent Treatment

Global Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market Segmentation

The global oral hydrogel wound dressing market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by end-user in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, specialty clinics, and others. Out of these, the hospitals segment is anticipated to garner the largest revenue by the end of 2033, owing to the rising numbers of patient visits who are suffering from chronic and acute wounds. Moreover, hospitals have ample reimbursement policies which are further anticipated to boost the patients’ preference to visit a hospital for acute wound treatment. For instance, a report published in 2018 estimated that nearly 8 million people which is equivalent to approximately 15% of Medicare beneficiaries across the globe had chronic non-healing wounds, resulting in a cost to Medicare conservatively of USD 28 billion to USD 32 billion annually. In addition to infections, surgical wounds were the most expensive chronic wounds in the world with a cost of USD 10 billion to about USD 13 billion. Further, the rising importance to build a strong infrastructure for hospitals is also anticipated to boost segment growth in the next few years.

The global oral hydrogel wound dressing market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by material into natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic. Out of these, the synthetic segment accounted for the highest share owing to the various advantages offered by synthetic oral hydrogel wound dressing. Furthermore, the availability of synthetic oral hydrogel wound dressing in a wide range of raw materials such as polyethylene glycol, polyacrylic acid, and others which are extremely beneficial topical wound agents in building up an accurate wound healing environment makes them highly preferable in medical procedures which ultimately leads to sales growth. On the other hand, the natural segment is also attributed to growing faster with a steady CAGR owing to the rising preference for natural and eco-friendly products. Also, the rising concern to save the environment and the lesser availability of side effects are expected to fuel a significant revenue generation of the segment during the assessment period.

Our in-depth analysis of the global oral hydrogel wound dressing market includes the following segments:

                   By Type

  • Amorphous Gel
  • Hydrogel Sheets
  • Impregnated Gauze

                  By Indication

  • Chronic Wounds
  • Acute Wounds

                 By End-Users

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Others

Global Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market Regional Synopsis


The North American topical wound agents market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. The growth of the market in the region can be accounted for on the back of the rising prevalence of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and so on, coupled with rising healthcare expenditure. It became quite convenient for people to receive quick treatment since the developed health expenditure of multiple nations is providing the necessary workforce and medicines. As per the data provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the national health expenditure of the United States is expected to rise by 5.1% per year between 2021 and 2030, reaching nearly USD 6.8 trillion. Moreover, the increasing occurrence of diabetic foot ulcers is another significant factor to drive the market growth as these dressings are very effective in diabetic foot ulcer treatment. Further, the presence of a strong healthcare network in the region, along with the availability of skilled medical professionals to use topical wound agents are also anticipated to contribute to the market growth in the region. In addition, the rising cases of chronic diseases, especially diabetes, are also expected to surge the growth of the North American market in the analysis period.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Oral Hydrogel Wound Dressing Market

    • Integra LifeSciences Corporation
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Cardinal Health, Inc.
    • Medline Industries, LP
    • Coloplast A/S
    • Smith & Nephew
    • AMERX Health Care Corp.
    • B. Braun Melsungen AG
    • Mölnlycke Health Care AB
    • DermaRite Industries, LLC. 


In The News

  • PAUL HARTMANN AG acquired silicone coating specialist Safran Coating to achieve a higher level of expertise in advanced wound care (AWC).

  • A new version of DermaRite Industries' Interactive Dressing Selection Guide App has been released, which features an improved user interface that allows the user to choose the dressing. A new Wound Wizard feature allows users to input wound characteristics to generate a list of DermaRite dressings that are suitable for that particular wound.


Global Economic Impact

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Despite Inflation & Fearing Recession, Businesses Across the Globe Expected to Do Better in 2023:

In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the oral hydrogel wound dressing market?

Ans: The growing demand for effective wound care and infection control in primary healthcare settings, and the increasing prevalence of post-surgical wounds are some of the major factors estimated to drive the growth of the market.

2) What would be the CAGR of oral hydrogel wound dressing market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033.

3) What are the challenges affecting the oral hydrogel wound dressing market growth?

Ans: Technological challenges, the high cost of treatment, and growing concern in patients for urgent treatment are some of the factors estimated to hamper the market growth.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of oral hydrogel wound dressing market in future?

Ans: The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the oral hydrogel wound dressing market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Integra LifeSciences Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Medline Industries, LP, Coloplast A/S, Smith & Nephew, AMERX Health Care Corp., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Mölnlycke Health Care AB, PAUL HARTMANN AG, DermaRite Industries, LLC., and others.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue-generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the oral hydrogel wound dressing market?

Ans: The market is segmented by type, indication, end-user, and by region.

8) Which sub-segment captures the largest market size in end-user segment in the oral hydrogel wound dressing market?

Ans: The hospital segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.

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