Surgeries are often painful and the time is taken to heal the wounds after surgery is also longer. In order to fasten the wound healing process which can help in easing the pain, the researchers from University of Sydney, Northeastern University, and Harvard University have come up with a solution. The traditional wound healing techniques involve the use of sutures and staples. Even with these techniques, the wound healing process needs a longer time.
The surgical glue designed by the researchers can fasten the healing process of critical wounds that can be present on different body parts. This surgical glue is so effective that within a minute the wound can be healed. This can save the life of many people suffering from emergency conditions.
This surgical glue is named a MeTro, which contains elastin protein which can be applied on the internal and external wound to fasten the wound healing process. The internal wound present in different body tissues can be healed. This glue can cure the wounds present across different organs like heart, arteries, lungs and other body parts.
This glue contains the protein called tropoelastin and with the help of UV light, the glue can form a seal which is the part of healing process. Thus this glue can replace the existing staples and sutures. The study related to this has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
When this surgical glue was used on rodents and pigs it has shown positive impact and healed the wounds that were present in their arteries. MeTro is designed using different technologies and the primary element is the natural elastic protein.
One of the characteristics of this surgical glue is that once it comes in contact with the tissue it solidifies immediately without spreading here and there. The working of MeTro is similar to that of silicone sealants which are commonly used for the household purpose.
More study needs to be conducted before this glue is commercialized for its use in hospitals and for household purpose. Also, this surgical glue has not yet been tested on humans. Hence this glue is extremely beneficial and will be used soon for a different purpose.