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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!

 

The Best Fitness Exercises for Your Back & Spine

The drive for fitness seems stronger today than ever before. Maybe it has something to do with the new world we live in – with so many jobs becoming increasingly sedentary; we need to get our movement in through other avenues. Some of it most certainly comes from the fact that now more than ever we are cognizant of what low rates of activity and lack of movement can lead to down the line, with rates of heart disease and diabetes being worse than ever before.

Not all exercises are created equal though, and some of the more popular ones may actually be more risky for your back and spine than you may realize. The good news is that there are plenty of exercises that promotes flexibility and stability of your spine. Like an old western, there’s good, there’s bad, and there’s ugly:

  • The Good: These exercises strengthen and promote spinal health and stability, and also can help prevent later injury. Pilates training helps to teach your body how to move and support your spine, not just during training, but during everyday activity. Your body learns to support the loads caused by movement and can reduce lower back pain.
  • Yoga can help to provide core strength and flexibility in your trunk, while balance exercises strengthen body awareness, reducing risk of falls that could lead to back injury. And while you may be tired of hearing about them, planks are popular for a reason – by engaging and strengthening your core and abs, your back will have the support it needs.
  • The Bad: Old-school sit-up have fallen out of favor, while they can strengthen the core, the form can put too much pressure on the neck and upper spine. Done properly, using only your abs and core, they can still be effective. Squats, while great for your legs and lower body, are dangerous if you try to squat too much weight. With perfect form, they are great exercises, so start out light and get your technique right.
  • The Ugly: Unless you have perfect technique every time, heavy overhead lifts are incredibly risky. The moment you arch your lower back, there is heavy compression being placed on the vertebrae, risking vertebrae fractures. One of the most-used machines in the gym may also be one of the worst for your back – according to Dr. Mary Ann Wilmarth, the posture used in the incline leg press puts your back in an awkward, flexed position, and of all the leg machines, it has the highest risk for a tear or long-term back injury.

If you choose some of the exercises that may cause damage to your spine and back, it could lead to the need for surgery, which is where we here at Hammill Medical come in. At Hammill, we are a family owned and operated company that specializes in orthopedic implants, spinal implants, and surgical instruments. We don’t just create stock products either – with dedicated prototype manufacturing, in-house design and engineering, and the ability to develop complex, multi-component instruments, we can be the answer for all spinal and orthopedic repair needs.

Contact us today for a quote or more information on our capabilities. If you are interested in keeping up with what we do, and the latest developments at Hammill, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn, and make sure to visit our blog often.

Implants in PEEK Performance

Orthopedic and spinal technologies are evolving at a rapid pace. Today’s procedures are advancing patient care and improving recovery time substantially. Minimally invasive surgeries, outpatient procedures, and robotics are making joint replacement procedures easier for everyone. The options in implant technology and advances in materials have improved dramatically, and better outcomes are seen by many patients.

PEEK, an organic polymer thermoplastic polyetheretherketone PEEK Image Aug. 2016material, is one of the most successful materials. It is widely used in orthopedic implants. PEEK was originally developed by the U.S. aerospace industry 40 years ago for use in high-load, high-temperature applications. A highly pure grade of PEEK was developed in the late 1990s. This implantable material was embraced by the medical community for use in implantable devices.

The mechanical properties of PEEK are similar to bone, making it the ideal material for orthopedic/spinal implants. It is flexible and biocompatible, allowing the implant to promote bone regeneration by flexing and exercising the surrounding bone. Biocompatibility in load bearing implants is extremely valuable for the long-term success of spinal surgeries. PEEK implants improve biocompatibility with a surface consisting of tiny pits measuring 120 nanometers in diameter. Because these pits encourage new bone cell growth, a strong bond is created between the bone and the implant.

The Industry is currently exploring options of combining PEEK implants with coatings to further improve bone growth. Titanium coatings have shown increased cell adhesion, and research is beginning to see if an aluminum coating could be beneficial. At Hammill, we are well aware of the benefits of implants coated with Titanium. Our capabilities enable us to produce a wide variety of orthopedic PEEK implants that can be coated with titanium. In addition, we manufacture a two-piece insert that has PEEK on one side and titanium on the other. The characteristics of these two materials combine to improve strength and healing; pedicle and spinal screws constructed with titanium offer the strength required in load bearing applications while PEEK brings additional biocompatibility.

The enormous research and development of new implant materials and technologies are driving the market forward. Our goal, as a leading member of the medical device community, is to restore a patient’s quality of life. PEEK, titanium, and other materials that Hammill Medical works with on a daily basis help achieve that goal. It is our expertise in engineering, design, and manufacturing that make us a leader in the implant market. Let us help you bring your orthopedic or spinal implant component to market! Contact us today!

The Year That Was: 2015

It’s hard to believe that we have come to the end of another year. Medical manufacturing is an ever-evolving industry that keeps us quite busy. There really isn’t a dull moment for the folks at Hammill Medical as we continue to produce the highest quality hip, knee, spine, and orthopedic implants.

We have seen tremendous advances in the medical field with research into new healthcare technologies and a renewed focus on STEM education and careers. All of the aforementioned topics affect our company, our products, and the companies we work with.

We feel that staying on top of industry highlights and developments improves our knowledge and ability to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-paced industry. Our blog has been a forum where we share important ideas and events in the medical devices field. The topics we have covered focus on state-of-the-art devices and how they affect healthcare, issues and technologies in the manufacturing industry, and physical changes associated with some of these technologies.

As we say goodbye to 2015 we’d like to thank all of you who have contributed to Hammill’s success and look forward to more of the same in 2016.

Happy Holidays!