Do implantable medical devices play an important role in the healthcare industry?
The answer is a definite yes. In terms of saving lives or enhancing the quality and efficacy of healthcare, all types of medical devices, implantable or otherwise, do contribute significantly. The medical device sector does play a very important role in terms of diagnosing, preventing, monitoring and treating various diseases.
Â Implantable medical devices improve and extend life
Â Improving Quality of Life
These compact, odd-shaped devices improve the quality of life of patients suffering from illnesses, disorders and disabilities. And with technology helping out to make these devices more advanced and efficient, what else can patients ask for?
Some of the most used implantable medical devices in the country include:
This device has been used in almost a quarter of a million procedures throughout the country. People age and put on some unwanted pounds which contribute to the wear and tear of the joints. Degenerative osteoarthritis is the leading cause of chronic disability in the country with over 20 million Americans suffering from this condition. Knees, ankles and hips are the three major weight-bearing joints in the leg.Â Over oneâ€™s lifetime, the most amount of stress is put on the hips. Â Itâ€™s important that the artificial hips are precision-shaped and manufactured usingÂ a plunge EDMÂ process.
Artificial hip joint
Â Heart Pacemakers
The total number of procedures in which this device is used is 235,567. This implantable device is used to treat a heartâ€™s abnormal rhythms. When the heartâ€™s internal clock fails to cope with the heartâ€™s rhythms, a pacemaker helps address that issue by overriding the irregular signals in the heart. This is done by passing small jolts of electricity to the different parts of the heart muscle in order to generate its own rhythm.
Metal Screws, Pins, Plates, and Rods Used in Traumatic Fracture Repair
These devices were used in almost half-a-million (453,000) procedures in the country back in 2007. One of the most common injuries suffered by all age groups is a bone fracture. There are many reasons for acquiring the fracture. Roughly half-a-million bone fracture cases required surgical intervention in order to realign and stabilize the bone. Surgical procedures require the use of metal screws, plates, rods, and pins to secure and keep the body parts together.
Compression screws with side plates,Â femoral neck angles used inÂ trauma fracture repair. Â
Â Psuedophakos (Artificial Eye Lenses)
In 2006, 2.582 million procedures were performed that used artificial eye lenses.
This staggering number is due to the fact that millions of aging Americans develop cataracts. Most of these patients require artificial lenses known as intra-ocular lens or psuedophakos. These devices come in different configurations â€“ hi-tech variable-focus lenses, single focus, and multi-focal lenses.
Â Ear Tubes (Tympanostomy Tubes)
This medical device was used in 715,000 procedures in 2006. Middle ear infection known as otitis media is common in children with at least 80% of pre-school children affected. The problem is addressed by placing ear tubes through surgery known as myringotomy.
Do you know someone who has used any of these implantable medical devices?Â