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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

For more information, please contact The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

Minimally invasive surgery is performed without making a major incision or opening in the patient, resulting in less trauma for the patient and yielding significant cost savings as a result of shorter hospitalization times and reduced therapy requirements. Other benefits of minimally invasive surgery are less pain, less need for postsurgical pain medication, less scarring, and less likelihood of complications related to the incision. In minimally invasive surgery, a miniature camera is introduced into the body through a small incision. It transmits images to a video monitor, enabling the physician to diagnose and, if necessary, treat a variety of conditions. To do this, the physician inserts surgical instruments and auxiliary devices, such as irrigation and drainage devices, through one or more small incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery can take many forms — percutaneous trans-catheter surgery, endoscopic surgery, or microscopic surgery. However, minimally invasive is not the same as minor surgery. Some “minimally invasive” procedures, (e.g., coronary artery bypass surgery), still are major operations requiring a hospital stay. Minimally invasive surgery shares some important characteristics, but should not be confused with either ambulatory (“walk-in”) or noninvasive surgery. Some types of minimally invasive surgery can be performed in an ambulatory (nonhospital) setting, but minimally invasive surgery is not necessarily identical with ambulatory surgery. Attempts to delineate minimally invasive from ambulatory surgery on the basis of incision size or use of an endoscope or other device to look inside the patient’s body run into too many exceptions to be very useful. Minimally invasive surgery can be distinguished from other types of ambulatory surgery by defining it as surgery that, if performed using conventional open-incision techniques, requires hospital admission. This definition excludes such minor surgical procedures as vasectomies. These almost never are performed separately in a hospital setting.

The minimally invasive surgical instruments market is projected to reach $21.47 Billion by 2021 from $13.89 Billion in 2016. The major drivers for the market include the benefits of minimally invasive surgeries over traditional open surgeries; reduction in healthcare costs and time; increasing number of surgeries among the aging population; increasing prevalence of lifestyle disorders; and technological advancements.

A large number of surgical procedures are carried out using minimally invasive techniques. This has created a multibillion-dollar market for the specialized devices and instruments used for these procedures. Technological advances have expanded the range of surgical procedures that can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, while giving physicians new tools for the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and pathologies. The following is a breakdown of the instruments and devices used in minimally invasive surgery:

  • Handheld Instruments
    o Stents
    o Forceps and Spatulas
    o Retractors
    o Dilators
    o Graspers
    o Sutures
    o Visualizing scopes
    o Others (Suction Tubes, Vessel Sealing, and Needle Holders)
  • Electrosurgical Instruments
    o Electrosurgical Generators
    o Electrosurgical Instruments
    o Electrocautery Devices
  • Guiding Devices
    o Guiding Catheters
    o Guidewires
  • Inflation Systems
    o Balloons
    o Balloon Inflation Devices
    o Others (Insufflators and Insufflator Needles)
  • Auxiliary Instruments
    o Clamps
    o Staplers
    o Cannulas
    o Closure Devices
  • Cutter Instruments
    o Trocars
    o Rasps
    o Others (Scissors, Dissectors, and Blades)

The primary types of minimally invasive surgeries include:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Cosmetic/Bariatric Surgery
  • Urological Surgery
  • Other applications (ENT/Respiratory Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Dental Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery)

The major manufacturers in the minimally invasive surgery market are:

  • Medtronic plc (Ireland)
  • Ethicon, Inc. (U.S.)
  • Aesculap, Inc. (Germany)
  • Stryker Corporation (U.S.)
  • Smith & Nephew (U.K.)
  • ConMed Corporation (U.S.)
  • Abbott Laboratories (U.S.)
  • Applied Biomedical Resources Corporation (U.S.)
  • Microline Surgical (Japan)
  • Zimmer Biomet (U.S.)

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If you or a family member have suffered injury during surgery, you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.

For more information, please contact The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

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