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Moving Towards a Painless Back: Motion Preservation is Possible with Total Disc Replacement

Doctors and experts lay great stress on the disclaimer: There isn’t a single class or type of spinal treatment that can be considered the best for a patient.

The causes of back pain must be isolated and then treated case by case for a hyper-specialized solution.

But over the past decade or so the most frequently recommended course of action has been resorting to spinal fusion.

Spinal Fusion & Loss of Motion:

The premise of spinal fusion surgery is to eliminate contact and friction. The vertebrae of the spinal cord often rub against each other and surrounding soft tissues resulting in discomfort.

Through a spinal fusion surgery, screws, rods and even pieces of bone, or bone grafts, are used to turn two separate vertebrae into one functional, supported unit.

The upside of the procedure is the reduction of pain by eliminating disc friction.

The flip side of spinal fusion surgery is the loss of motion that results from fusing the discs.

Medical breakthroughs and alternatives have thus focused on the goal of motion preservation.

Research supports that one of the best ways to permit spinal flexibility, post procedure, is to completely replace the discs that are at the root of the problem. FDA approved, artificial discs allow that process to take place.

Hammill Medical is Proud to Manufacture PRODISC C/L:

PRODISC leaves room for hope, offering pain mitigation without stiffness and motion restrictions.

It is one of the only artificial disc variants in the US market.

Hammill Medical will be using our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and abilities to prototype and produce the next generation of orthopedic devices to ship PRODISC units of unparalleled quality.

This engagement will aim to make motion preservation a more common option for those with disc degeneration and other chronic and acute spinal conditions.

To stay updated on how we bring PRODISC to the market, please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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2018 Predicted to Bring a Multitude of Success for the Medical Device & Implant Industries

Science has given mankind many miracles. But the most enduring and impactful of these has been the introduction and commercialization of modern medicine. It has single-handedly ended the reign of dreaded diseases, improved longevity and provided succour to those who are afflicted.

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the medicines, medical devices and implants industries are poised to witness consistent growth not only in 2018 but over the next 10 years.

United States is a Thriving Devices and Implants Market:

The combined value of the various players in the medical devices sector is a staggering 155 billion USD.

Implants alone account for more than 70 billion USD.

There are a few reasons why the projected expansion of this space is extremely optimistic.

–       The population in the US is aging fast. Some of the Baby Boomers – the largest segment of the American population before the Millennials arrived on the scene have already touched the 70 years mark. It is estimated that more than 24% of US citizens will be 65 or older soon. The common maladies of age and bone degradation turn the elderly into busy consumers of medical services, devices, and therapy.

–       The increasingly sedentary lifestyle of generation Y is preparing the stage for spine issues and organ degeneration in the relatively young workforce as well. Both are managed through surgical interventions and the introduction of implantable support systems.

–       Insurance availability has peaked in the past few years. Even if the freedom to visit the doctor is curtailed because of reforms presented by the administration, there will still be people who can now afford medical devices and assistance, and they will opt for them to improve their lives further fuelling growth.

Hammill Medical is Ready to Play its Part

Market research puts orthopedic implants as a leader in the medical devices category. Hammill Medical is an ISO 13485 accredited and FDA registered manufacturer of medical devices specializing in orthopedic and spinal implants.

With the ability to see production through from original concept to high-quality finished item at our 90,000-sq. ft. state of the art facility, our name has inspired trust and embodied innovation for well over half a century.

We are the perfect partner for businesses looking to capitalize on the trend of implantable medical devices. For more information contact us today.

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2017’s Medical Device Industry Review

2017 has been filled with constructive internal effort and focus at Hammill Medical. Our team interacted consistently with our customers, leading doctors and other industry experts to positively impact our external audience base at large. These continuous initiatives make our team one of the most credible resources and leaders within the medical device manufacturing field. We challenge ourselves to meet or exceed medical standards like FDA requirements for contract manufacturing of implantable medical devices and surgical instruments.  As a result, our manufacturing capabilities consistently evolve to allow us to offer some of the most complex implants on the market. Plus extending our knowledge on fitness, exercise, and other health-related factors keeps our standing top within the sector.

Because of the complex manufacturing occurring at Hammill Medical, we must maintain more stringent operating procedures than other manufacturing companies. The quality standards we uphold are designed to ensure consistent manufacturing results as well as to exceed standards designated by industry and federal regulations.  Hammill maintains accreditations for medical device companies as set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and as required by ISO 13485. Meeting the requirements of these organizations is consistent with our commitment to optimal manufacturing process performance. The basics of the regulations and standards can be found in our February 2017 post.

As a qualified resource, we’re happy to share (and urge you to spread) the best exercises you can do for your body. The big focuses here are spine and back. You might be surprised to learn that all exercises are not created equally, and some of your favorite workouts can actually be more of a risk to your back and spine. The best exercise options will promote spinal health and stability setting you up for possible injury prevention down the road. Options like Pilates, yoga, and swimming help teach your body to move and support your spine during everyday activities. We recommend extreme caution with traditional sit-ups and overhead lifts as they can put too much pressure on the neck, spine, and lower back. Should you ever seek a spinal implant, we’ve got you covered.

Our most recent spotlight is an update on the advances in medical technology, specifically the benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery or MIS. As more procedures become less invasive, the patient outcome and recovery improve. As proven through prior surgeries, MIS means smaller incisions, reducing blood loss and trauma to the patient, smaller scars from such incisions, decrease infection rates, and shorten hospital stays. Many MIS surgeries can be performed as outpatient surgeries and/or require less than a 24-hour hospital stay. As the progression of technology within the medical industry advances, it looks like this surgery option is taking a front seat over older methods.

To stay abreast of industry updates, leading technology, and the best resource for orthopedic implants, spinal implants, surgical instruments, and other implantable medical devices for Complex Spine, Orthopedic Total Joint Replacement and Minimally Invasive Surgery applications, we invite you to follow our blog, add us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

To learn more about how we can help you and your business, simply contact us today.

We’d like to take a moment to recognize and thank our audience and customer base for adding to our internal success on an annual basis. Your needs are what help us develop the prototypes and product development to advance the medical device manufacturing industry year after year.

We wish you all a very happy holiday season and a healthy and happy new year!

We look forward to connecting come 2018!

 

However You Define It, At Hammill Medical We Are Committed To Safety In Manufacturing

There’s a lot of talk about safety and security in the media these days, and this topic of conversation is even more popular than usual this month: according to the National Safety Council (NSC), June is National Safety Month. The NSC website says, “National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.”

The NSC’s objective for National Safety Month encompasses a lot: covering workplace safety, safety at home, and safety in communities. How you define “safety” can be just as National Safety Month Logovaried, with a wide range of possible definitions. Safety is a general topic, and the description of “safety” is often determined by the circumstances or environment you are involved in or talking about; whether you’re talking about physical safety or other types of safety threats. Even when you get more specific and narrow down the topic of safety, as it affects business and industry, the definition can vary. From manufacturing operations practices and employee safety, to IT security and Internet security concerns, “safety” in manufacturing industries covers a lot of territory and includes an assortment of related topics.

However you define it, we are committed to safety at Hammill Medical. Our commitment to safety extends to everything we do, and to everyone affected by the medical implants and medical devices we manufacture. We follow the FDA’s mandated guidelines, which regulate manufacturing practices and operations for medical industry manufacturers, but our commitment to safety goes even further. We also stay on top of the latest manufacturing safety trends and safety-related news.

Currently, a trending safety-related news topic is the safety of manufacturing companies’ IT and communication networks – especially where operations are automated and controlled by computer-based networks. Think about all of the network “hacking” incidents we’ve been hearing about lately in the news… Now imagine how disruptive (and possibly destructive) it could be to a company’s manufacturing operations if their network was ever hacked! A report on ScienceDaily.com says, “Production facilities and components of Industry 4.0 are linked to the Internet, networked with each other, and thus open to attack.” The report goes on to explain how researchers in an IT laboratory are now offering a test environment in order to simulate attacks on computer networks to detect any safety gaps.

Conducting safety awareness campaigns and employee safety programs, following FDA guidelines for manufacturing practices, doing testing, and simulating manufacturing operations are just some of the ways manufacturing companies can exhibit their commitment to safety. We do whatever we can to keep everyone safe, and, like we said before; however you define it, we are committed to safety at Hammill Medical!

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3D Printing and the Medical Industry

The topic of 3D printing has caught the imaginations of people throughout the manufacturing industry. The possibilities that this new production method presents seem endless, but it’s not just the manufacturing industry that is going to benefit from this advent. Medical science will be making big leaps forward.  These advances will come from not only the 3D printing of medical devices, but also the printing of body parts for patients in need of transplants.

Medical devices are held to an extremely high standard by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the organization is sorting out how to go about approving devices created by 3D printers. Fox News reports that the FDA is looking into some of the remarkable things done with this new method of production, from a 3D-printed tracheal splint used to save a newborn’s life to an implant which replaced 75 percent of a man’s skull.

This new development has changed the way implants and devices are created, but the real impact 3D printing could have on the industry is with printed body parts, called bioprinters. “If you have a compass and a straight edge, everything you draw is a box or a circle,” said DEKA Research & Development founder Dean Kamen according to Popsci. “When you get better tools, you start thinking in different ways. We now have the ability to play at a level we couldn’t play at before.”

What can be done with 3D printing in medical science seems limitless. Popsci even goes as far as to note the possibility that bioprinters could extend the capabilities of the human body. Whether 3D printing is reimagining the way people think of the human condition, or making it easier for patients to gain access to devices they need to lead healthy lives, this technology is having an amazing effect on the medical industry.