The researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Professor Boaz Mizrahi and doctoral student Alona Shagan, has come up with a polymer which is 4 times stronger than any other medical glue available.
Materials that have been used to close up deep cuts and wounds have developed considerably over the years. A huge variety of elements have been used including the jaws of leaf-cutting insects and cobwebs. However, modern medicine simply uses stitches and staples nowadays for this purpose. Now, a promising new product has been introduced which might change the game completely! The researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have reportedly developed a glue gun that can hold together human parts giving it time to heal.
Sunday 16th June 2019: Israeli team develops medical glue to replace stitches in serious injuries; Researchers at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa have developed a glue gun to put the human body back together when it has been seriously injured. pic.twitter.com/4pfU46cv2s— Israel First (@israelfirst_tv) June 16, 2019
The new material comes as an alternative to painful pins and stitches. Sometimes the stitches tend to leave a scar behind unless it's performed by a highly skilled doctor. And the worst part has to be going through the same pain when the stitches are sometimes required to be removed once the tissue is healed. Another drawback of this method has to be the internal sutures. Say, the intestines, blood vessels, or lungs are required to be sealed shut, these materials often tend to leak or rupture, and are therefore not the perfect sealants.
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Biomaterials Laboratory head Prof. Boaz Mizrahi and doctoral student Alona Shagan introduce a very strong, non-toxic tissue adhesive that remains flexible even... https://t.co/fOV89ltWlv
Unlike the above-mentioned products, the medical glue promises to replace both stitches and the sealant. The head of the Biomaterials Laboratory of the Technion, Professor Boaz Mizrahi claims to have developed a "two-in-one" solution to these limitations. According to a report by Business Insider, Professor Mizrahi said that the glue is suitable for both external and internal injuries and is a perfect substitute for stitches, or maybe even better than them. Working with a doctoral student Alona Shagan, the duo published their discovery in the Journal of Advanced Functional Materials.
As per the report, the glue is heated to a little above body temperature so that it doesn't cause any burns on the skin. The glue once applied to an internal or external injury quickly hardens and seals the wound while giving it time to heal properly. Now, one is not required to remove it after it heals as it decomposes by itself within a few weeks. The study claims that the latest discovery is four times stronger than the existing surgical glues, a bonus indeed!
Mizrahi also explains how most of these medical grade glues around the world are mainly used to treat external wounds due to their mechanical properties and toxicity. Moreover, the more the glue hardens, the less flexibility it imparts the organs on the other hand if not used in a huge amount the possibility of not being strong enough to hold the cut together increases. So Mizrahi claims that the glue they discovered is "very strong, non-toxic tissue adhesive that remains flexible even after solidification."
Something we have seen in film is about to get real https://t.co/oXjbIXCZon— Sai Bun Kham (@monghsei) June 18, 2019
Explaining further, he mentions how the polymer they have used in the creation of the glue has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical purposes and does not require any more FDA approvals. This, in turn, would be very helpful when it comes to marketing the product. In addition to that, the researchers skillfully lowered the polymer's melting point while keeping its other properties unchanged. "We played with its physical structure," Mizrahi said. Once inserted into a glue gun, the polymer melts and the substance then can be directly applied onto the wound which needs to be sealed. After testing this polymer on laboratory animals they have found that the formula is very effective and nontoxic.
I'm surrounded by medical professionals at work yet none of them seem to have aloe vera I can use when I burn my finger on a hot glue gun— Katrina Killey (@katrina_killey) June 13, 2019
Once applied to the desired area it starts hardening just like the regular one, but this special formula strongly holds together the edges of the wound until its completely cured. Mizrahi hopes for the glue gun to quickly reduce the usage of staples, pins, and stitches which would reduce scarring while speeding up the healing process. The university has already patented the glue after testing it in animals. According to Mizrahi, the product can "reach the market in two or three years."