Surgical instruments are expensive but entirely necessary to the medical profession. They can include items like endoscopy cameras, which are designed to look inside your esophagus and stomach, scalpels, and many other items.
Due to the nature of their use, it is imperative surgical instruments are in working order. A broken one could potentially cause irrevocable damage to the patient it is used on. Since they are often used at a high volume for extended periods, however, they do break. When this occurs, is it better to utilize surgical handpiece repair, or simply purchase new equipment? Today we’ll look at the pros and cons of each.
Pros: Repairing an instrument is much more cost effective, which may be the driving force behind a hospital’s decision especially those with limited funding. When an older item that has been used for many years breaks, it could be easier to repair it simply because the surgeons are already accustomed to using it.
Cons: The only major con associated with repair is that you can only do it a few times before it becomes necessary to replace the item. It does help to find a repair company who does a solid, thorough job, however.
Pros: The primary pro of replacing an item instead of repairing it is that you now have a brand-new instrument which should last for many years to come. Sometimes it becomes necessary to replace an item after a long time of use, but with diligent care, surgical instruments can last a long time.
Cons: Replacing an item can be very expensive. They are not cheap by any means. If it would cost, say, $500 to repair a surgical instrument, purchasing it could cost as much as $5,000 if not more. Many hospitals and surgeries do not have the funds to do this.