Gustav Weck, German manufacturer of surgical instruments went out of business in June 2007. Weck in USA, was established in 1884, and is now a division of Teleflex. Weck Surgical instruments are being used mainly in Thoracic, Cardiac, Laproscopic, Endoscopic Vascular, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Gynecology and Orthopedic Surgery.
Weck Closure System makes Weck ligation clippers, appliers, and hemoclip, atrauclip. Recent acquisition of Genzyme Biosurgery, has enabled Weck to incorporate Deknatel, Sutures, Pleur-Evac Chest Drainage system, Saphlite, Radlite, Aortic Punches, OPCAB system into their product range. Surgeons have used about 120 million ligation clips 80 million staples and similar devices manufactured by Weck. Weck controls about 70% market in USA.
Weck is the owner of 116 global patents and 14 more patents are in line. It has its major facility in Research Triangle Park, NA. With 108 years behind its back Weck still continues to supply products, which make surgery safer and minimum invasive.
Weck surgical instruments are extremely durable. They are rigid and dependable, being made of stainless steel. Different grades of steel are utilized. The quality of steel to be used depends on the nature and function of the equipments. For flexible ones, like needle holders, hemostats etc., ‘austenitic stainless steel’ is used. Its anti corrosive and malleable property is utilized in the manufacture.
On the other hand since high level of carbon and low amount of chromium renders ‘martenistic stainless steel’ very rigid it is used for the manufacture of instruments used for incisions and cuttings. The use of tungsten-impregnated steel assures high durability thereby reducing the money and time spent on its maintenance and repair. Weck surgical instruments offer a lifetime guarantee against material flaws.
Since the devices remain planted in the patients, an accurate documentation is maintained for each device. Data management system electronically tracks each device so that tracing back to any level is easy. Any malfunction can be detected and entire batch of the product can be analyzed for corrective action.
Veterinary Surgical Instrument till recently supplied by Weck will now be available under the Veterinary Products Laboratories Weck or VPL Weck name. The surgeons will continue to enjoy the high quality of the equipments. In addition they will be able to avail of the service of sharpening and mending of surgical instruments irrespective of brand. All Veterinary products carry a lifetime guarantee. The supplies are sturdy, durable and user friendly.
Freddy Cannady, the CEO of Weck surgical instruments says that the company’s objective is to improve quality, reduce cost and also improve customer satisfaction. They wish to continue to survive in the competitive international market by using the state of art technology.