Combating Lateral Deviation in Spinal and Procedure Needles

John Barrett, VP Sales & Marketing

John Barrett, VP Sales & Marketing.

Part Three: The Interview 

By Zach Rogers

Editor, Havel’s Inc.

Today, we’re wrapping up our three-part series on lateral deviation with an interview with one of Havel’s own. John Barrett is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Havel’s, and has a wealth of knowledge about our products and the industry at large. Here, he discusses the advantages of our Hakko specialty needles and why more leading medical professionals are turning to Havel’s for their medical needs.

Which of our Hakko needles are specifically designed to help reduce lateral deviation to a specific target or target area?

All of our Hakko needles have additional back bevels for the exact purpose of reducing lateral deviation. However, it is more important and beneficial with longer needles. The longer the needle, and the greater the distance is to the target, the more likely lateral deviation will be an issue. With our needles, the potential for lateral deviation is reduced because the needle takes a much straighter path to the desired target. – John Barrett

What’s different about our spinal and procedure needles that separate them from other bevel-tipped needles out there?

Hakko is the only needle manufacturer I’m aware of that pulls their own steel in-house. This process ensures the stainless steel is purged of all impurities, making it less likely to break. In fact, Hakko is the only manufacturer we’re aware of with no negative incidents (broken needles left in patients, for instance) listed on the FDA website, which shows their outstanding quality. This lack of impurities also makes for a firmer cannula which will flex but still resist breakage. The firm cannula allows Hakko to make 10” and 12” needles in small gauges that do not bow or bend in route to their target. The bevel also aids in this direct route to the target.

All needles have a standard bevel which typically determines what the needle will be used for. For example, an 18 degree bevel is used on a typical spinal needle. This allows for easy insertion through muscles and the ligamentum flavum, if you’re actually injecting or withdrawing fluid from the spine. It also helps for deep pain injections through muscles, or biopsies like a fine needle aspiration of a mass or tumor. A 30 degree bevel is normally used for nerve blocks since the needle is less sharp and therefore less likely to cause any nerve damage.

Ours differ because Hakko adds two small back bevels to their needles, which makes puncturing the skin much easier. It also keeps the needle on track to its target because it’s cutting smoothly as it goes through the body. Most needles do not offer any back bevels, which makes our needles stand out better in the crowd. – JB

Why should someone consider switching to Havel’s for their specialty needles?

First and foremost, our quality is unmatched. We offer safe, quality needles at a competitive price. Next, we offer many sizes most companies don’t carry. This solves a lot of problems for our customers and makes procedures safer for patients because doctors aren’t trying to make the wrong needle work when they should be using a longer and more unique size. A lot of doctors come to us for our unusually sized needles. They buy the 8” needle from us and buy the smaller, more common sizes from their regular supplier. Then, after working with our longer needles and experiencing our quality, they come back asking for samples and pricing for the more common sizes. Finally, the quality firm cannulas and back bevels leads to more exact needle placement, which then leads to safer, more successful outcomes. These factors are what make our needles stand out from others on the market, and it’s why practitioners should consider a switch to Havel’s. – JB


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