Dissolvable Surgical Clips
Standard surgical clips can be a cause of many complications during and after surgical procedures. Most surgical clips are usually made from titanium and as many as thirty to forty of them could be used in any one procedure. However, the Division of Mechanics and Physics of Materials at the Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering has collaborated with the Division of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine to create a completely safe and dissolvable version of the surgical clip.
The big issue with standard surgical clips used today is that they remain inside the patient’s body after the wounds are healed. The clips left behind lead to lesser quality CT and MRI images around the wound and can cause other complications. The new clip designed at Kobe University is 5 mm and created from a magnesium alloy. It is also dissolvable and will be absorbed by the patient’s body after a certain amount of time.
Evaluations show that these newly designed clips dissolve while creating very little gas and and causes no inflammation of the surrounding tissue. This means that these clips can be used without very harmful effects. The studies has also shown that the clip will most likely dissolve and exit the body over the course of one year.
The new surgical clip designed by Kobe University is a promising solution for future procedures.
Link to original Article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150501081742.htm