Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the healthcare sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising surgical device startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Surgical Device Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of healthcare. For this research, we identified 314 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative surgical devices. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 314 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Dalent Medical – Balloon Sinus Dilation Sleeve
Chronic sinusitis is a highly prevalent disease that leads to inflammation of the sinus cavity. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) clears the mucus from the sinuses, nasal passages, and enables the sinuses to drain more effectively. However, the procedure has a number of drawbacks. These include irreversible anatomical changes, post-operative pain, and surgical complications.
The US-based startup Dalent Medical develops better tools for the treatment of sinus-related conditions. The Sinusleeve is a balloon sinus dilation sleeve that dilates the sinus’ openings and spaces within its cavities. This device works with common ear, nose, throat (ENT) instruments and is versatile for a range of surgical situations, enabling surgeons to perform safely and effectively while using instruments familiar to them.
OTTek – Colonoscopy Assist Device
Colonoscopy is the procedure by which surgeons use a camera mounted on a tube to see inside the large intestine and rectum. Cleaning the bowels is a crucial preparatory step for good visualization during colonoscopy. However, it may not always be possible, such as in cases of severe colon bleeding. Surgical devices that improve the visualization enhance the efficacy of colonoscopy.
Israeli startup OTTek offers a colonoscopy assist device that improves the colonoscopy completion rate. The Flow In Over Tube (FIOT) creates a wide working channel for rapid and efficient cleansing for colonoscopy preparation. The single-use device is compatible with most endoscopes and stabilizes the endoscope during polyp removal. FIOT decreases the risk of perforation, as well as the need for repeat procedures or laparoscopic surgery.
Fasciotens – Open Abdomen Surgery
Open abdomen surgery is crucial in treating many life-threatening conditions, including trauma patients. However, post-operative care initially requires hospitalization and later depends on how quickly the patients recover. If the abdomen doesn’t close in a few days, fascial retraction sets in. Startups are working on new surgical devices for rapid abdominal closure.
German startup Fasciotens develops surgical devices for open abdomen surgery. The startup integrates mesh-mediated traction and an external fixator to maintain the abdominal wall in a state of tension. It prevents fascial retraction and stretches fascial tissue, resulting in faster abdominal closure. The solution reduces the need for revision surgeries and increases intensive care capacity. By reducing the duration of intensive care stay, it also decreases hospital costs.
EDGe Surgical – Digital Depth Gauge
Orthopedic surgeons use depth gauges to determine the length of bone screw holes. The standard depth gauges in use aren’t precise and mismeasurements often lead to complications such as pain, nonunions, and reoperations. Moreover, since these are reused, their usage also comes with the risk of infections. Startups are exploring more precise solutions to avoid discomfort to the patient and save costs of repeat procedures.
The US-based startup EDGe Surgical provides surgical devices for orthopedic surgeries. The Ortho EDG is a digital depth gauge with an optimized hook design. The single-use device features a digital display and sub-millimeter precision. Further, the device improves the accuracy and speed of orthopedic measurements.
Medical Microinstruments (MMI) – Robot-Assisted Microsurgery
Surgical robots are steadily becoming commonplace in many surgical procedures. They are particularly useful in microsurgery, where precision is of utmost importance. Robot-assisted microsurgery scales down the surgeon’s hand movements into finer movements of the robotic hand. This enables surgeries that would otherwise not be possible or incredibly difficult.
Italian startup MMI develops robotic solutions for microsurgery. The startup’s teleoperated robotic platform uses wristed micro-instruments to perform operations such as suturing in open surgery. This platform assists surgeons with motion scaling and tremor reduction in traditional procedures and also opens up novel possibilities.
What About The Other 309 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 surgical device startups showcased above are promising examples out of 314 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.