Medical science is advancing and experienced surgeons who perform complex surgeries are simplifying the surgical procedures with the help of lasers. Harvard University Professor Ali Khademhosseini and Northeastern University Professor Nasim annabi presents spectacular solution for the efficient repair of wounds in mechanically challenging body areas – surgical glue called MeTro. Surgeons those who perform major surgeries on the human body use sutures, staples and wires for repairing the wounds. Surgeons need not use these types of sutures when they use the glue which will repair the wounds quickly.
MeTro is nothing but methacryloyl-substituted tropoelastin:
Team of professors and their colleagues demonstrated that MeTro can be photo chemically tuned to effectively seal incisions in arteries and lungs of rats and to repair wounds in the lungs of pigs, all suture and staple-free. A Wonderful protein derived from the elastic fibers that make up human tissue. It is worth to note that MeTro acts as a wonderful sealant on the lungs and arteries where expansion takes place. This sealant can be applied on internal wounds that are often hard to reach areas. Interesting fact is that MeTro seals the wound within sixty seconds once treated with UV light. Professor Khademhosseini said in one of the media interview that “MeTro seems to remain stable over the period that wounds need to heal in demanding mechanical conditions and later it degrades without any signs of toxicity”.
Gel can easily be squirted on the injuries and wounds:
University of Sydney Professor Anthony Weiss also shared his thoughts and informed the media that “MeTro is a process resembling that of silicone sealants used around bathroom and kitchen tiles”. He further added that “”When you watch MeTro, you can see it act like a liquid, filling the gaps and conforming to the shape of the wound,”. It responds well biologically, and interfaces closely with human tissue to promote healing. The gel is easily stored and can be squirted directly onto a wound or cavity”. Doctors can quickly treat the serious internal injuries caused due to major accidents or mishaps. The gel will work instantly on the wounds and solidify the area within seconds.
Visitors who watched the videos and read the contents have given wonderful feedback. Surgical federations and medical fraternities are happy with the discovery and shared their views on this site. The next stage for the technology is testing and approval. Once it comes to the market the surgeons will stop suturing and use this wonderful glue immediately. It is imperative to note that these glues will not damage the tissues and internal organ and seal the wound within sixty seconds. Medical students and others can watch the video and understand the importance of seal. Team of professors is waiting eagerly with their fingers crossed for the approval and making it as a reality. When the authorities approve this world class sealant derived from human protein there will be suture less operations in the future. Medical fraternities are eagerly waiting for the approval from the concerned authorities.
Article by Abirami.