The Advent of Implantable Medical Devices

The Advent of Implantable Medical Devices

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Numerous recent technology updates are enabling the implantable to address areas not always in the focus. The applications include chronic pain treatment without an opioid, disappearing stents, customized tracheal stents, and microchips meeting biology.

Stenosis or narrowing of bronchi or trachea may lead to breathing difficulties. This requires specific management, and it can be done through the implantation of stents. Ten years ago, Benjamin Moreno (active general director of AnatomikModeling) had established IMA solutions – a company specializing in 3D scanning that diversifies into medical development for thoracic surgery and the treatment of medical images. Following several years of R&D, in collaboration with the pulmonology department, AnatomikModeling has successfully developed customized stents, which is anatomically identical to patients’ bronchi or trachea. The developed prosthesis will be implanted with the help of prosthesis pusher under general anesthesia. The rigidity of the stent can be calculated with the function of stenosis. The trials have completed, now implanting of devices are done to the volunteer patients, who have no alternatives to treat their problem.

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When the peripheral nerve damaged due to surgery or trauma, it will begin to backfire causing consistent pain. The primary solution to treat this problem is prescribing opioid drugs. This is in practice since many years. Bioness, Inc. In 2016 has launched StimRouter Neuromodulation System, minimally invasive and long-term neuromodulation medical device majorly to treat the chronic pain of peripheral nerve origin. A pulse generator, the part of the implant will affect the body on a global scale instead of a painful area. This implant requires half-centimeter of percutaneous. With the help of ultrasound guidance, the doctor can locate the specific peripheral nerve cause pain, stimulate, get feedback from patients, and finally implant small lead near the nerve. The end of the lead will leave under the skin, and the transmitter is placed over the implant. It powers the point and sent to the tip of the implant via skin with the wave of energy.

It is always necessary to think outside the box to bring a new generation of medical technology, and these two devices would be the perfect example. 

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