A team of researchers made a breakthrough scientific discovery by finding a way to seal wounds without using sutures or staples. The new method consists of using a strong surgical glue to close severe injuries. This glue contains a highly elastic protein and can speed up the healing process after it’s poured over the wound.
The surgical glue seals a wound in 60 seconds
The surgical glue is called MeTro for short after the name of the main substance it’s made of (tropoelastin substituted by methacryloyl). This method can be used for all kinds of wounds, both internal and external and can work within 60 seconds since it’s first applied. Also, it doesn’t restrict the natural growth of the tissue and blends in perfectly with the organ.
The process of sealing goes on like follows. As soon as the surgical glue is applied over the harmed tissue, it turns into a gel. Then, it has to get exposed to an ultraviolet source of light to make sure it doesn’t get spread in other places. In the end, a final treatment keeps the sealer in place, secures the proper healing, and gets the wound closed.
The glue can keep the wound closed for months
This method is extremely effective, as the surgical glue helps wounds heal much faster than staples do. Also, it can turn out more useful during surgeries. Whenever there is an emergency, and a wound needs to be sealed as quickly as possible, the MeTro surgical glue is the answer. Also, depending on the type of tissue, it can even last for several months.
So far, researchers tested this method on animals and the tests on human tissue should start soon. It’s important to know that the surgical glue doesn’t last forever when it comes to internal wounds. It works as the perfect solution in emergencies, for example during accidents. After the surgical glue runs out, the injury is healed enough to intervene with a safer way to secure it.
The study on MeTro has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
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