Innovation In Surgical Procedures

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: innovation

Aortic heart valve replacement surgery is a big deal. But, today, it isn’t the ordeal it was several years ago.

Today, a surgeon makes a 2-inch incision, carves a small groove in the rib cage, and, with the use of surgical robotics, replaces the aortic valve in a 90-minute procedure. It wasn’t very many years ago that the patient would undergo a much more invasive procedure 2-3 times as long to deliver the same result. The patient would need to opened from neck to navel, have their ribs cracked open, etc.

What is the outcome of these innovations?

  • Shorter recovery time,
  • Less cost,
  • Less time in the hospital,
  • Less time under anesthesia,
  • Less time on a heart bypass machine, etc.

John Fox, the coach of the Denver Broncos, was home within 5 days after having had this surgery.

I would offer that, for major procedures like this, 10 years is about the time required to evolve a quantum improvement in a procedure. This is really great news for people whose need comes a few years after someone else.

Does this give any of you non-medical innovators any ideas? How can you evolve your products and services in a manner comparable to the medical innovators?

Thought for the week:

“When you strip down your brilliance to the foundation, you can find new places to play. The key: build a bridge between what you know and how that knowledge can be used. Go past the common uses — too many bridges there. Go into uncharted territory and see where you land.”  – Vickie Sullivan,

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What do you think? I welcome your comments!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

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