Airbrushed Biodegradable Sealant Could Offer Low-Cost, Portable Alternative to Surgical Sutures
Researchers have long proposed the use of biodegradable mats of polymer nanofibers that are sticky and strong enough to replace the need for surgical sutures. But, scientists have since struggled to develop an effective technique for applying these mats to living cells or tissues. Additionally, surgeons face another roadblock: traditional suturing techniques do not suffice in a variety of cases, such as those involving lung punctures or cuts to the intestine.
To combat these challenges, BIOE Professor and Associate Dean Peter Kofinas embarked on a mission, along with BIOE alumni Brendan Casey (Ph.D. ’10) and Adam Behrens (Ph.D. ’15), Dr. Anthony Sandler of Children’s National Medical Center, and a team of University of Maryland researchers. Together, the group launched efforts to develop a surgical sealant and surgery application technique capable of reducing both risks and costs associated with a wide variety of surgical procedures.
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