Modern Medical Technology Just Blows Me Away

Normally I am involved with discussing and commenting on new age communications technology and all the advantages it brings to building both business and personal relationships. Going from an age where my parents rarely (like once-a-year for five minutes at Christmas) made phone calls to their relatives 2,000 miles away to one  where grandparents can watch their grandchildren on video calls across continents and oceans at no charge is certainly revolutionary. The snail mail post office did a lot of business in those decades-ago times.

But today I want to acknowledge all those participating in bringing new technology to the medical field. Many of these researchers and medical professionals work quietly in the background with their achievements getting nowhere near the publicity of social networking, mobile smartphones and IP-based communications.

Why do I say that? Because for the second time in six years I am about to go through a life-extending medical procedure that allows me to watch my sons and daughter build their careers and my grandchildren to grow up. Hopefully it will also allow me to continue to share advice and information based on my own experience in business and participating in the worldwide discussion of IP-based communications.

This procedure was not available ten years ago; whatever they did for this condition at the time was a much, much riskier open surgery. To some degree I have been able to follow first hand the evolution of stenting technology; my own son is a cardiologist and training in these techniques  on an interventional cardiology fellowship; i.e. – doing angiograms and the follow up angioplasty or stenting procedures for heart-related conditions.

In my case I will be having an endovascular stent repair done by a vascular surgeon to address a life-threatening aortic aneurysm uncovered when getting an x-ray for a completely different reason. Let’s also say that modern CT scan imaging technology also had a role to play here. This is a condition that shows no external symptoms and only gets discovered via imaging for other conditions or when an aneurysm bursts; it’s called a ‘silent killer’ for a reason. Twice now I have been very lucky. And you get to appreciate each day of life as it comes.

Here is one statement I found about endovascular repair procedures:

“Interventional radiology has made enormous contributions to the progress of modern medicine in the last few decades. No other group of specialists have contributed so many innovations, especially in the field of minimally invasive therapy, for such a broad range of diseases in such a short period of time. Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair has been one of those great innovations,” said Mohan (an M.D. at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL). “I believe endovascular aortic repair will be the procedure of choice for emergency treatment of ruptured aneurysms in the future. It has proven valuable and it saves lives,” he added.

Bottom line: we wonder why the Canadian government recently introduced legislation to extend the eligibility age for “Old Age Security” – a Canadian version of U.S. Social Security – from 65 to 67, starting in ten years time. As long as new life-extending medical procedures and treatments become available life expectancy will continue to increase and have an impact on our economy.

For my part I just want to extend my appreciation to the many oft-unrecognized medical professionals and associated researchers and medical industry players who have been responsible for making a difference in my life.

I look forward to rejoining the discussion in a week or two.

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About Jim Courtney

Bringing over thirty years' experience in the sales, marketing and management of cutting edge technology businesses.


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