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4 Medical Devices That Are Changing Everything

The American medical market is constantly devising new medical devices to assist patients in regaining their mobility, improving their quality of life, or finding their way back to productivity after an injury or disease. From the graft delivery device to multispectral analysis of tissue morphology, here’s seven of the coolest, and most promising, new medical devices

  1. Graft delivery device: for fast and accurate delivery of bone grafts to hard-to-reach places. Traditionally, the bone graft delivery system has been difficult for both surgeons and patients. The newest graft delivery device provides an ergonomic design that assists the surgeon and makes it possible to reach places that a previous bone graft delivery device struggled to deliver to. The bone graft delivery service allows surgeons to choose a type of graft material, exercise precise control, and is minimally invasive compared to other forms of bone graft.
  2. SPG nerve blocking: stopping headaches at the source. Headaches can be annoying, excruciating, and even debilitating. The worst headaches have long been associated with activity in the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) which is a bundle of nerves in the face. No treatment has yet been found that gives long-term relief from headaches of this type. A new device under investigation at Autonomic Technologies might be the answer. It sends an electrical impulse directly to the nerve and blocks the neurotransmitters that are causing the pain.
  3. Multispectral tissue analysis: saving money and lives. Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. The good news is it’s treatable when caught early: the bad news is that once it advances it tends to metastasize very quickly. The only way to test for it has been with a surgical biopsy that can leave scars and which costs the patient and insurance companies quite a bit of money. A new handheld optical scanner is changing all that. This optical scanner doesn’t give a definitive diagnosis, but it does help a doctor decide whether or not a biopsy is in order, reducing the number of biopsies needed. That means less wasted money and fewer scars.
  4. Sapien Valve: Alternatives for the Frail Heart valve surgery is difficult to endure, and it’s not uncommon for a patient and family to have to choose between the certainty of death without the surgery and the strong possibility that the patient won’t be able to survive the open-heart surgery necessary to fit a new valve. This little device could change all that. It’s been in use in Europe for a while now, but U.S. heart centers are starting to use it, too. The Sapien valve is a transcatheter aortic valve that can be easily guided through the femoral artery and expanded once it reaches the right spot. It’s far easier than open-heart surgery and results in fewer hospitalizations and greatly reduced costs.

The United States is the biggest market in the world for medical devices, with a market worth $140 billion. The medical device industry also provides a lot of employment opportunities for Americans, with 356,000 people working at 5,800 companies in the industry. It’s also helping Americans with medical needs, and 6.8 million people in the United States are using assistive devices for mobility alone. Medical device development is prioritizing scientific development to meet the needs of ordinary people and bringing safe and effective devices to the market to improve the lives of ordinary people.

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