New Biomaterials Speed Trend Toward Smaller Medical Devices and Implants

Growth in the medical device industry has long been driven by innovation, and lately that innovation is coming from the desire to make devices and implants smaller. This trend is exemplified by the move to minimally invasive implants and techniques such as laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. The approach leads to faster patient recovery times, less scarring (smaller devices mean the incision can be smaller, too), shorter hospitalization, and a lower total cost of care. New devices and techniques like these are driving medical device industry growth. The United States is the largest medical device market in the world, valued at $156 billion (in 2017) and expected to grow to $208 billion by 2023, up 33%, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. had 40% of the global medical device market in 2017. In developing smaller medical devices and techniques, medical device companies look for bio-materials that reduce the profile of devices without compromising strength, durability, flexibility, and bio-compatibility. One significant advance in the industry is the increased use of ultra-high polyethylene fiber, which has inherent performance advantages over alternatives such as steel, polyester, and nylon fibers. This material known as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber is used in the design of smaller medical devices or implants. The UHMWPE fiber is stronger and thinner; has a higher resistance to chemicals, fatigue, and abrasion; and has lower f...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Materials Source Type: news

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ConclusionMorgagni hernia is a rare form of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. It is commonly found either in the first few hours of life or in the antenatal period. It is less common in adults and is usually diagnosed accidentally in asymptomatic patients. Symptomatic adult cases are extremely rare. Respiratory symptoms are the most common presenting symptoms. The primary management for both symptomatic and incidentally discovered asymptomatic cases of Morgagni hernia is surgical correction. Various thoracic and abdominal surgical approaches have been described without a clear consensus on preference for operative repair technique.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
This study compares the impact of open (OIHR) versus laparoscopic (LIHR) inguinal hernia repair on healthcare spending and postoperative outcomes.MethodsThe TRUVEN database was queried using ICD9 procedure codes for open, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted IHR, from 2012 to 2013. Patients  >  18 years of age and continuously enrolled for 12 months postoperatively were included. Demographics, patient comorbidities, postoperative complications, pain medication use, length of hospital stay, missed work hours, postoperative visits, and overall expenditure were collected, and assessed at time of surge...
Source: Surgical Endoscopy - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: When performed by an experienced surgeon with excellent technique, the TAPP technique is safe and effective for recurrent hernia after surgical treatment via the anterior repair, and maybe a good alternative for recurrent hernia after surgical treatment via the posterior repair. PMID: 31932156 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Asian Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Asian J Surg Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This study confirmed the safety and superiority of single-port laparoscopy-assisted vaginal repair of uterine cesarean scars. PMID: 31929361 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Chinese Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Chin Med J (Engl) Source Type: research
ConclusionEarly diagnostic imaging with CT while a patient is symptomatic can aid in making an accurate diagnosis. Laparoscopic repair can be safely used with good outcome in the context of an incarcerated obturator hernia.
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Condition:   Hernia, Inguinal Interventions:   Procedure: Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP repair);   Procedure: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (Lichtenstein repair) Sponsor:   Hospital Plató Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Condition:   Hernia, Inguinal Interventions:   Procedure: Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP repair);   Procedure: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (Lichtenstein repair) Sponsor:   Hospital Plató Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Condition:   Hernia, Inguinal Interventions:   Procedure: Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP repair);   Procedure: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (Lichtenstein repair) Sponsor:   Hospital Plató Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Condition:   Hernia, Inguinal Interventions:   Procedure: Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP repair);   Procedure: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (Lichtenstein repair) Sponsor:   Hospital Plató Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Condition:   Hernia, Inguinal Interventions:   Procedure: Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP repair);   Procedure: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (Lichtenstein repair) Sponsor:   Hospital Plató Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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