always. here's a curious thing though, vertebroplasty has been very big for some time now (vertebral bodies decay over time, become lopsided and can cause all kinds of problems - pinched nerves or scoliosis-type conditions), by injecting cement you can upright the body and hey-presto the pains gone. the results are good.
now, if you take the same technology and apply it to the tip of the femur you can stabilise aging hips - particularly in women suffering from osteoporosis. Think of the quality of life aspect not having to go through hip surgery and the rehab. Then think of the savings in the cost of health care.
I can't understand why something like this hasn't hit the market yet.
I'd be interested in your opinions on other medical businesses you might share with us.
I like the implant group, zimmer, biomet and stryker but a bit expensive. I've had 2 hip replacements myself in the past 43 years and doing great.
used to. have been in the med. device business all my life and keep close tabs on bards development. but this is not classified info. you can pull this stuff right off of bard's website. go to bard access, its all there.
tiny little reservoirs that can be filled up with drugs for cancer therapy. they are implanted under the skin and the patient continually tops up the tank by injecting the medication. they are made of titanium and are connected to a catheter which passes the medication into the blood stream.
It is not clear what your basis is for an earning miss, however I would note many of the healthcare suppliers are down sharply in the last few days ( Zimmer, Biomet, etc). There seems to be a lot of chatter concerning pricing power of the hospitals as well as pressure from gov't as to re-imbursement levels