Important bone surgery Changes

Important bone surgery Changes


Important bone surgery Changes – Swedish researchers at Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology may have developed an important substance that will change bone surgery and revolutionize procedures in the future. Hans Von Hoist, a scientist at the Institute of Technology explains:

More studies are being done to ensure the safety of the product, but approval is expected sometime this year. Attribution to human-bones-chart-human-anatomy

New Glue for Fractured Bones

injectable bone New Glue for Bone Fractures

Mussels inspire adhesive for surgery

In addition to modern day glues for bone surgery, scientists are developing bio-adhesives for other types of medical procedures. Penn State University is a leader in this research and is investigating the adhesive capabilities of Mussels.

Why Mussels?

They can attach to just about anything under water. This includes piers, boat hulls, and rocks. They are particularly interesting since their adhesive is working in a wet environment. This characteristic is vital if it is to be used as a bio-adhesive. The adhesive is produced at the foot of the mussel and contains several proteins.


The research team has successfully isolated these adhesive proteins and made synthetic compounds of a whole array of adhesive chemicals called iCMBAs. They have desirable characteristics such: adhering in wet places, controlled degradable, improved biocompatibility and lower manufacturing costs.

Current adhesives are placed in two categories. Each has distinct advantages, but also disadvantages and side effects that are not desirable. Fiber Glues are fast acting and biodegradable, but are not strong adhesives. Many patients have allergic reactions to these adhesives. Cyanoacrylate Adhesives are strong and fast setting, but biodegrade slowly.

This limits their use to external procedures. Neither of these adhesives can be used in wet environments which is one of the most important characteristics for internal use. Recent studies show iCMBAs had up to eight times better adhesion in wet places then either existing adhesive and produced little allergic response.

University of British Columbia scientists have produced a gel that is painted on weakened blood vessels to strengthen their walls. This will help prevent rupturing causing strokes, heart attacks and certain death. Northwestern University reseachers have made a mussle-inspired glue to patch holes in fetal membranes reducing premature births.

So once again our natural environment and resources solves medical issues to make our earth a better place to live. Preserve our environment, it holds a multitude of medical clues to sustain our species.

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