Coin Size Device Developed by a Young Innovator to Prevent Amputation

By Divyashree Mohanty

Living with physical disabilities has always been a challenge. Many times we come across people with different disabilities inside hospitals, footpaths and even when you visit stores. Some were born with dysfunction; many others underwent amputations due to fatal accidents. With high focus and promising innovators, an Ahmedabad based start up, Shira Medtech is working towards developing a device that can solve the problem of amputations.

Anand Parikh, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the founder of Shira Medtech says, “Amputations are highly prevalent globally because reconstructive surgery known as ‘Microvascular Surgery’ is a highly complicated procedure. In this procedure, the two broken ends of the blood vessel are reattached to restore blood circulation. There are very few specialists who are trained in this field. Several junior doctors who begin their practice to learn this surgery usually drop out because of the steep learning curve involved.”

Shira Clamp was officially launched during the year 2018. While performing microvascular surgeries, the device is adjusted where the blood vessel is injured and requires to be joined.“The light-weight device has clamps in such a way that it holds both the open-ends of the damaged blood vessel. The vessels, which are minuscule, become difficult to operate on. However, the clamps are designed so that it holds the arteries at an angle facing the surgeon. This makes it easier for doctors to perform the surgery,” says the founder Anand.

Today if blood vessel surgeries have become simpler that appraisal goes to Anand Parikh for going extra mile to innovate the device which he named Shira Clamp. Including junior doctors to perform and put an end to amputations caused by physical injuries. Till date, 60 doctors and hospitals across India have used 200 Shira Clamps. Brazil, Thailand, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and more are included in the list.

For the future, Anand and his team are working on products that can eliminate stitches and technology that makes surgeries safer.