Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK)
For a person who needs to go through the process of dialysis, it is not a pretty process. The amount of stress, money and hospital visits that are required of it is exhausting enough simply when you hear about it. But thanks to evolving technology, this is now changing. In fact, after decades of research, we have finally started getting better treatment options for Kidney failure. A health condition that has taken many lives.
A kidney transplant is considered the first best solution to deal with kidney failure, however, in most cases, it takes time not only in finding a kidney but finding one that matches with you. In the meanwhile, the only means to keep you alive is the process of dialysis. It is a known fact that dialysis does take a hit in terms of quality of life. Right from the amount of time and money you spend, to the number of pills you need to consume.
However, Victor Gura had different plans for the medical world and kidney failure patients, the inventor of the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK).
What is a Wearable Artificial Kidney?
What kind of a visual does this give you? You holding a kidney in your hand like a purse and moving around? Well, we can’t say that is what it is, but to explain this in simple terms, let us just say that this is 300-pound dialysis machine-turned small enough that it could be worn on your belt like a buckle. Not just that, the WAK has been built with a unique design that aids the elimination of fluid regularly. This in turn reduces the strain that falls on the heart, kidney, and lungs while reducing blood pressure along the way.
The Wearable Artificial Kidney is a portable, battery-operated dialysis device. Its goal is to provide all patients the experience of a normal dialysis process itself, but with a wonderful twist. The twist being the fact that you can go about doing all your day-to-day routines and not worry about sitting in one spot for 4-5 hours, 3 times a week.
What is the Procedure?
Through a 20-minute procedure, while the patient is under local anesthesia, this device is connected to the patient surgically through one catheter. The device weighs only two pounds in comparison to the earlier model which initially weighed about 20 pounds.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
According to Gura “There is a risk of clotting and infection, but there are several engineers here who understand risk mitigation, which I had to learn the hard way and we have been successful in mitigating the risks involved of both those complications”
Market and Potential
As per recent research reports conducted by Stallion Market Research, Wearable Artificial Kidney is estimated to reach USD 7.9 billion by the year 2030 at a compound annual growth rate of 32%.
The advancements seen in the science of Wearable Artificial Kidneys are all in the likelihood going to help boost the market growth over the forecast period. The popularity, ease, and demand that it brings with it are only expected to increase since this is considered as one of the miraculous discoveries made.
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