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The introduction of minimally invasive procedures in healthcare has offered a great advantage over the traditional open surgeries. This has helped the medical professionals and the patients in reducing costs, time and also provides a speedy recovery in addition to providing an improved a patient’s life. The primary motive of the healthcare is to provide patient comfort, the minimally invasive procedures provide much better comfort to the patients with minimum incision, and have reduced the hospital stay as well. There is a shift taking place from open surgeries and in-patient care to minimally invasive surgeries and out-patient care. Consistent efforts are being made in achieving speedy recovery and opting for home care rather than relying on longer hospital stays. The minimally invasive surgeries range from the laparoscopy surgical procedures to the catheterization procedures. One of the major advances in the minimally invasive procedures is the advent of robotic surgeries or robot-assisted surgery. This is not manually performed by the doctor, instead, the doctor guides the robot via a console and the procedure is performed with much precision and accuracy. The da Vinci robotic surgery approved by the Food and Drug Administration has been adopted by the hospitals widely across the United States and Europe available for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.
Not every patient is a candidate for the minimally invasive procedure, it all depends on the patient’s medical condition. The doctor and the entire team decides based on the patient’s medical history and also on the basis of some medical tests. However, potential benefits can be offered to those, for whom the procedure is considered appropriate. Advantages over the traditional open surgeries involve, less blood loss, minimum risk of infection, reduction in pain and trauma, minimum scars and the patient can easily resume to normal activities post procedure.
The hospitals are finding ways of repositioning themselves from the routine procedures to the outpatient facilities. This has led to the freeing of the heavy expenses, operating rooms and also the specialized medical staffs in order to handle more complex cases. Hence, a systematic procedure such as the minimally invasive one has received attention so that the patient is able to return to his/her normal activities as soon as possible. The outpatient market in the European Nation is growing and has taken more than 50% of the total healthcare expenditure. Some of the countries include Sweden, accounting for around 60-62% of the outpatient costs followed by Germany and France which comprises of around 52% and 43% respectively.
Heart diseases are the number one cause of death globally and treating heart diseases has to deal with the cutting of the chest bone and then reaching the heart. This brings in a lot of complications as well where a patient has to deal with an excruciating pain and are often susceptible to infections. Also, patient’s health plays a major role which is required so as to endure the procedure otherwise the surgery cannot be performed. Thus, the advent of the image-guided minimally invasive surgery has been a boon offering lesser medical restrictions. The innovations in imaging technologies have provided with options like smart catheters with an inbuilt navigation system and have made the surgical procedures quite feasible to perform. Such advancements help a surgeon with the provision of a roadmap of the organ being operated along with the other additional information of the environment helping surgeons to guide their instruments to the area of interest.
Companies like the Precision Medical Products, Inc., which is now a part of Röchling Medical after its acquisition on May 2018 is a pioneer with over 50 years of experience in the manufacturing of the minimally invasive surgery or MIS devices with their unique plastic and metal work skills. The company deals in the development and manufacturing of handheld and electrosurgical instruments, inflation systems, guiding devices and cutters contributing towards the growth of the minimally invasive technologies in the coming years and improving the lives of many of its customers.