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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.

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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!

 

Medical Advances in Technology: The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Over the past several years there have been many technological changes occurring within the medical and medical device industries. One in particular to note is the dramatic increase in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). As more procedures become less invasive, the better the outcome is for patients.

In traditional surgeries, recovery time can be anywhere from six to eight weeks — a long time for someone to be out of commission. With MIS, six to eight weeks drops down to around a two-week timeline.

Other benefits include reduced rate of infections, smaller incisions (which means less blood loss and less trauma to the patient), smaller scars from the incision which typically take only one or two stitches to close, and shortened hospital duration. Many MIS surgeries can be performed as outpatient surgeries or require less than a 24 hour hospital stay. As progression of technology within the medical industry advances, it looks like this surgery option is taking a front seat over older methods.

At Hammill Medical, we manufacture a wide range of MIS products, including MIS screws for spinal fusion surgery. MIS screws are just one example of the many manufacturing capabilities we have in-house. Our competencies include up to 13-axis Swiss-type CNC turning, 6-axis CNC mill and turn capability, 50,000 RPM machining, Laser Welding, media blasting, assembly, including bar code lot control traceability, high-energy tumbling, and laser identification.

We also offer CNC profile grinding, robotic finishing cells, 5-axis machining, 5-axis mill and turn, CNC turning, validated cleaning and passivation, and in-house tooling, fixture and gage manufacturing for a wide variety of products. We work from concept to design and all the way through the manufacturing process for high-quality products at an affordable price.

In addition to our cost-effective services, we believe in superior customer service and interaction. We strive to exceed the goals and expectations of all of our customers.

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Market for Surgical Instruments for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is becoming increasing popular for all types of surgical procedures. The procedure involves making small incisions in the skin that are used to insert an endoscope and special surgical instruments instead of making a large incision. Recovery times are often quicker and patients experience less discomfort than they would after conventional surgery.

As the techniques and procedures improve, MIS is being found to be safe, effective, and preferred for many different types of surgeries. The expansion of these procedures results in advances in the instruments required to accurately perform these tasks. It is the global acceptance of MIS as a viable and preferred surgical option that greatly expands the market for the specialized surgical instruments required.

A new report [1] expects the minimally invasive surgical instruments market to increase at a CAGR of 6.1% over the next 5 years. In 2014, the market was $10,562.2 million and is expected to grow to $14,133.0 million by 2019.

Market segments for MIS surgical instruments are based on products, applications, and regions. The fastest growing type of surgical instrument products are expected to be for orthopedic and cosmetic/bariatric surgery. Aging populations suffering from osteoporosis, arthritis, and spine injuries are requiring more surgical intervention and rising awareness of obesity and health concerns are leading to a rise in weight loss surgeries.

Manufacturers in North America, such as Medtronic, are the most dominant in the industry today, followed by those in Europe. The fastest growing market is expected to be the Asia-Pacific region. Increased awareness of MIS procedures and a rising middle class are fueling the rise in these procedures in regions including China, Japan, and India.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine conducted a study [2] and found that MIS is “grossly underutilized” and if hospitals in the U.S. increased use of MIS by 50%, over 3,500 post-op complications could be avoided and $288 million would be cut from health care costs.

Advancements and innovations in healthcare and surgical procedures will continue to grow the market for the tools required to fulfill the needs of the doctors and surgeons. Expanding product portfolios for surgical instruments will improve MIS developments and strategies.

References

[1] Minimally Invasive Surgical Instruments Market by Product, Application – Global Forecast to 2019, http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7kbzbb/minimally

[2] Increasing use of minimally invasive surgery ‘would avert thousands of post-op complications’, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/291405.php