An aging population has made orthopedic surgery more essential than ever before, with nearly 7 million Americans expected to undergo a procedure each year by 2020. This increasing need has resulted in numerous advancements in orthopedic technology, leading to the development of less invasive procedures and the creation of more durable implants.
Despite these advancements, however, the practice is not without its challenges. One of the key issues facing orthopedics is the demand for surgeon time. Today, there are approximately 25,500 practicing orthopedic surgeons in the United States—when compared to the number of anticipated procedures, that equals about 275 procedures per surgeon annually!
One factor taking up valuable surgeon time remains wound closure. From traditional sutures, staples, tapes, and glues, to more advanced zippers and clips, surgeons have their pick of wound closure method. However, some can be time-consuming, and often require a return trip to the surgeon for removal; others can be unsightly, and prone to scarring; and finally, some can be messy—and if not applied properly, can open prematurely and lead to infection.
In this free whitepaper, we take a look at each of these wound closure techniques in depth, exploring the pros and cons of each. We’ll also highlight the latest advancement in wound closure technology, BandGrip, which uses micro-anchor technology to provide a simple, intuitive, and non-invasive closure method that can save surgeons’ time and save patients the potential trauma of further complications.
Ready to learn more about the future of wound closure? Download the free whitepaper Orthopedic Technologies Affecting Wound Closure today.