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Medical implants are devices that are placed inside, or on the surface of, the body, and they serve a wide variety of functions. While small devices might be what comes to mind when thinking of surgical implants, implants can be anything from prosthetics for missing limbs, or devices to provide medicine or support to organs and tissues.

As the years have gone by, the landscape of medical implant technologies has vastly changed. Functions of implants have greatly developed, as have the materials used to make them. Some implants are made from natural materials found in the body, and some are made of metal or ceramic. They can be permanent, such as hip implants, or temporary, such as chemotherapy ports.

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“The purpose of medical implants has really transformed over the past decade alone,” Julie Rehberg, an Omaha, Nebraska medical consultant says. “We’ve really seen manufacturers in medicine take great strides in what they have to offer patients, and it has made a huge difference in the lives of millions.”

Companies that procure medical supplies and equipment for clinicians and medical facilities know exactly what the latest and greatest in the industry is. In West Palm Beach, procurement company Academy Medical is at the top of that food chain. As a SDVOSB (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business), Academy Medical has top-priority access to a variety of government contracts, but they also know just who the top vendors in the game are, because those vendors are the company’s partners.

Take, for instance, Entellus Medical. Entellus Medical is a vendor dedicated to creating a superior physician and patient experience with their innovations in ENT technologies. Their LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant, a device used to supper upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose, is an implant that is designed to be a less invasive procedure, and help patients breathe better. This new technology is now available on Academy Medical’s FSS contract, a clear indication of the product’s excellence.

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On a completely different side of the implant spectrum, Exactech develops products designed to aid in bone and joint restoration. Exactech designs these materials with patients suffering from arthritis and degenerative joint diseases in mind—be they of the hip, the knee, the shoulder, or any other body part. The company’s dedication to their cause is what landed them a spot on Academy Medical’s SAC Top 20 National Prosthetics Implant Contract.

The nature of medical implants has adapted to accommodate a variety of illnesses and disabilities for both temporary and long-term results. With all the changes in the industry, it is important to look to who supports these technologies, so to ensure only the best quality of product.