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Implantable Medical Device

What is an implantable medical device?

An implantable medical device is an instrument that is either wholly or partially introduced into the body. Most often, physicians implant these devices in surgery. Unlike surgical medical devices, implantable medical devices stay in the body after the procedure. 

Some examples of implantable medical devices are: 

  • Pacemakers 
  • Blood pressure sensors 
  • Cochlear implants 

Implantable medical devices must achieve PMA approval or 510k clearance from the FDA for use.  

Why are implantable medical devices important to healthcare?

Implantable medical devices are important to healthcare because they greatly improve patients’ safety and quality of life. Since many implantable medical devices monitor vital signs, like heartbeat and blood pressure, they can alert medical professionals if any issues arise and direct individuals to appropriate care.