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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.

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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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Hammill Medical Offers a Stronger Implant

Medical implants have long been used in the body when joints or other body parts are no longer able to function properly on their own. This can be from damage to the body part from repetitive motion or natural wear and tear throughout the years. Replacement implants can be made from a variety of materials, including plastics, ceramics, or metal alloys. An alloy is a combination of two or more metals. The purpose of combining the metals is that they can be less expensive, and when combined, some metal alloys become much stronger than the individual metals used.

There are different scenarios for when implants should be used, and implants can be temporary or permanent. Permanent implants are generally used in surgeries for the hips or knees when the joints have given out due to age. Prior to using an implant, an orthopedic surgeon will first examine and determine how extensive the damage is and what needs to be replaced. Things such as weight, age, activity level, and overall health will be assessed and will help determine what type of implant to use.

How Implants Work

During the surgery, an implant is often secured to the existing bone by using an acrylic cement. When an implant is needed for a permanent solution, metal alloy implants are typically the best solution. Not only can an alloy last longer, but alloys have a durability that no plastic or ceramic can match.

Traditionally, titanium has been used for making implants and has been for years. The material is lightweight, corrosion resistant, non-toxic, and the human body won’t reject it. These qualities have all made titanium and titanium alloy practical for use in implants. However, there is another, more durable alloy that can be used: cobalt-chrome (CoCr). Cobalt-chrome is a very hard material that is stronger than titanium. The high strength makes it ultra-durable for orthopedic implants in bones and joints, primarily for femoral knee replacements because of the high forces that are put on the knee joint. Due to the strength of CoCr, it can last longer and provide more strength than titanium.

 Cost Effective Implants

Hammill Medical has the ability to design and manufacture any type of orthopedic implant, spinal implant, surgical instrument, or other implantable medical device made out of CoCr or other alloys. We can work with customers from the concept stage through design and manufacturing stage to ensure you get the right product for your needs. Hammill also has the capability to manufacture the highest quality alloy parts and components, at an affordable price for your suitability. With stronger materials and a cost effective approach, Hammill Medical offers the right solutions for any company.

3D Printing and Manufacturing’s Future

Modern manufacturing started with the industrial revolution, became a powerhouse when Henry Ford instituted the assembly line, and is now facing a new innovation: additive manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing. The 3D printing process begins with a set of programmed instructions that tells the printer how to lay down material (plastic, ceramic, metal) to create a 3D object.

This new technology offers exciting opportunities for manufacturers. At this point, it doesn’t look like 3D printing will be replacing traditional factories or machinery. The process is innovative, but is not yet economically advantageous to become a full-on manufacturing operation.

3D printing still complements traditional manufacturing processes, and is extremely 3D Printer Suturing Device
advantageous. What 3D printing brings to the table is in prototype and customizable product manufacturing. The ability to design and produce one item fosters new product development and aids in manufacturing specialized parts or equipment.

This specialized part manufacturing has significant benefits to the medical industry. The ability to customize items such as hearing aids or dental implants effectively and efficiently improves patient outcomes. At the most recent MD&M and Atlantic Design & Manufacturing shows, exhibitors displayed innovative medical devices made through 3D printing. Medical device designers are finding good use for new applications involving 3D printing. Products such as suture wound closure devices, custom porous cranial implants, and spinal implants were on display.

As with all medical implants, the FDA has a say in approving the devices. There has been 3D Printer Spinal Implantsuncertainty in the regulations as the FDA solidifies its view of additive manufacturing. The FDA has already approved certain resins for facial reconstructive surgeries and has a fast-track system that allows certain facilities to use a 3D printed device when there are no other patient options. It is expected that the FDA will issue full guidance on what questions device manufacturers can expect regarding 3D printed medical devices by the end of this year.

We are in agreement with the industry, that 3D printing brings new capabilities to manufacturing and we plan on purchasing our own printer. The new printer will help us explore this new technology and allow us to learn how to incorporate it to improve our capabilities. We believe that 3D printing technology will enable us to help customers with parts for improved customizations of medical implants such as prominent acetabular cups, spinal cages, and knee components.

As the technology improves, offering more material choices and higher outputs, the possibilities seem limitless. We are looking forward to offering expanded capabilities and customer options through 3D printing.

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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