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5 Medical Devices That 2016 Can Boast About …

Written by Avijit on

Wines have a good year, so do cars and now … even medical devices.

This year was a great year replete with innovative and highly useful medical devices that were developed and gained FDA approval. Here are some handpicked ones that span numerous therapeutic areas: 

  1. Sorin Perceval Sutureless Heart Valve

A man-made aortic heart valve made of cow tissue is made to replace a leaking or narrowed natural valve in humans. Its frame is made of nitinol, an alloy of nickel and titanium, that expands by itself to the right form.

  1. CyPass® System Model 241-S

The CyPass® Micro-Stent is a tiny tube that is designed to control intraocular pressure as it helps drain fluid that builds up in the anterior chamber in patients with glaucoma, to the outermost suprachondrial space. It consists of a small stent that is pre-loaded into a stent delivery tool.

  1. VisuMax® Femtosecond Laser

This ophthalmic surgical laser is designed to create small incisions in the corneal tissue (lenticule). The removal of this tissue flattens the center of the cornea and results in the reduction or elimination of nearsightedness. The laser is intended to eliminate nearsightedness in myopic patients. A clinical study of the safety and effectiveness of the device to correct nearsightedness found the procedure resulted in stable vision correction at 6 months. 

  1. Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

It is an externally-worn glucose sensor that constantly records and reports glucose levels every 5 minutes and also displays trending information in real-time for up to 7 days (the life of each sensor). The device allows for replacement of fingerstick blood glucose testing for diabetes treatment decisions. The system must be calibrated at least two times per day by testing a fingertip blood sample with a blood glucose meter.

However, taking medications with acetaminophen while wearing the Dexcom G5 may falsely raise the glucose readings. The level of inaccuracy depends on the amount of acetaminophen active in your body and is different for each person. Do not rely on continuous glucose monitoring data produced by the Dexcom G5 if you have recently taken acetaminophen.

  1. ExAblate Model 4000 Type 1.0 System (ExAblate Neuro)

ExAblate Neuro is a magnetic resonance image-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) system that treats tremors non-invasively by destroying tiny areas of brain tissue. It is used to treat essential tremor in patients whose tremors cannot be controlled using medication.

Aimed to increase the motor function, the ultrasound treatment is applied in incremental increases in energy called sonications. After each sonication, the patient and doctor evaluate the reduction in tremor until a satisfactory result is achieved. Patients are awake and responsive during the entire treatment.

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