Most-Anticipated Medical Advances of 2018
The medical field is advancing by leaps and bounds with the passage of time. In 2018, the medical industry is expected to make great strides and enable life to be a lot easier for patients and doctors alike.
Here are some of the cutting-edge technologies from medical industry that are ready to be introduced this year:
An Artificial Pancreas
Every year, millions of people die due to diabetes. When the pancreas is not able to produce sufficient amount of insulin, a person becomes diabetic. To help diabetics, artificial pancreases are now under construction.
These artificial pancreases will operate on computer algorithms and will help regulate the insulin levels in the body. The artificial pancreases have been approved by FDA, they use a glucose monitoring device along with an insulin pump, and this system ensures an accurate supply of insulin throughout the body of diabetic patients. Also, his device will help cure type 2 diabetes.
Neuromodulation to Treat Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a life threatening sleep disorder that has affected millions of people around the world. It increases the risks of high blood pressure and heart stroke. There are several treatments for sleep apnea patients including CPAP machine, but 40% of sleep apnea patient refuse to use it. This is because; they don’t find this device effective enough to make them sleep.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, this new invention will change your life! In 2018, Neuromodulation will be introduced for the treatment of sleep apnea. It is known as the pacemaker for sleep deprivers. It is basically a wearable patch that to be worn during sleep. It stimulates the patients through its battery-powered stimulation lead. Also, its breathing sensor ensures that a constant supply of key airwaves is kept open when a patient is sleeping.
Scalp Cooling for Cancer Patients
For women suffering with cancer, the inevitable loss of hair can be extremely distressful. In 2018, Scalp Cooling will be introduced to reduce the hair loss that occurs during chemotherapy. During this procedure, the temperature of the scalp is reduced to a few degrees, before and after chemotherapy. In May 2017, this system was tested on women battling early-stage breast cancer, and turned out highly-effective in preserving their hair.
Quick Recovery after Surgery
The pre and post surgery routine is very tough. A patient can’t eat anything for a number of hours before and after the surgery, and has to take a lot of pain killers and antibiotics to ease pain and prevent infections. In 2018, there will be a major overhaul in surgery strategies.
An Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocol will be introduced. It lets patients eat before surgery and also eliminates the risk of infections while ensuring speedy recovery. It can also be a great help for a patient in reducing hospital stay and encourage regular walking.
Patients will also be given some advanced nutrients to accelerate recovery. This year, surgical societies and large healthcare systems are collaborating to implement this protocol on a larger scale.