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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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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.


[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

Robot Assisted Knee Surgery Improves Patient Outcomes

In our last blog we looked at how obesity has increased the need for joint replacement surgeries throughout the world. As a follow up, we are exploring the innovations taking place in today’s surgical suites with regard to joint replacement surgeries, specifically knee replacements.

Knee problems occur in many people. The knees support and stabilize the weight of the body and the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments must work together for the knees to work properly. When one of these parts is damaged, diseased, or injured, movement is impeded or impossible without pain. Obesity puts greater stress on the knees leading to greater damage.

Modern surgical techniques are greatly improving the ability of surgeons to repair diseased and damaged knees. Knee surgery options include partial or total replacements with either standard or robotic surgery. Standard surgery relies on X-rays and the surgeon’s visual assessment to perform the replacement. In robotic surgery, 3D modeling replaces the manual pre-op calculations and in-surgery guesswork. Robotic surgery enables doctors to perform complex procedures with greater precision, control, and flexibility than with traditional techniques.

There are a few different robotic systems on the market today, but they all offer the surgeon increased precision when preparing joints and fitting metal implants. Improvements in imaging technology, visual camera connections, and simulations allow the surgeon instantaneous feedback on implant placement and results before the surgery is completed.

The benefits of robotic assisted knee surgery are many. The use of the robot removes uncontrollable factors that a surgeon may miss when performing traditional surgery. It increases the precision of the bone cuts and reduces the amount of time required for each surgery because much of the planning is done in advance.

Patients undergoing robot assisted knee replacement surgeries benefit as well. Often performed as an outpatient procedure, patients experience less pain, increased mobility, and a quicker return to normal activities.

The Baby Boomer Generation started the jogging craze in the 1970’s. The pressure placed on the knees from this activity can be detrimental. As the Baby Boomers reach their 60’s, and obesity rates continue to rise, the need for knee replacement surgeries will continue to grow. As more surgeons and centers move toward robot assistants, the outcomes for both the medical community and the patients will continue to improve.







An Implant’s Journey from Inception to Implantation

The journey of a surgical implant from need to implantation is a long one.  Many different steps are aligned to make the rather amazing process function seamlessly, and in a timely fashion that allows the patient to get what he or she needs.  Ultimately, this is where the process both ends and begins – with the patient.  Unfortunately, joints wear out and cause pain; fortunately, in our modern era of advanced materials and machining, we have the technical knowledge and competency to provide patients with these needs a solution: implants that the body won’t reject.

Our understanding of the human body is incredible.  Years of scientific inquiry have allowed us to engineer synthetic materials (see our last blog for a more thorough examination of some of the ones we use here at Hammill) that are implantable.  However, the material is not the only marvel: we also have surgeons with the anatomical know-how to assess each individual patient to determine the size of implant necessary, and the dexterity to implant them without incident.  The process looks like this: in the operating room, the surgeon has at his or her disposal an entire toolkit with different sizes of implants and instruments.  After the surgery, these kits are sent back to the manufacturer, used parts are replaced and instruments are cleaned, and then returned for further use.  Needless to say, there are many more steps in the process, but we’ll examine them in some more detail in future blogs.

The primary responsibility of a surgeon is to correctly identify the implant that will fit the patient’s specific body type, and then skillfully insert it into the body.  However, this is near the end of the story of the implant’s journey from concept to completion – in our next few blogs, we’ll examine the preceding steps that make the implant of these life-changing materials possible, and where exactly Hammill Medical fits into the process.