This new patch regenerates organs without major surgery

A group of Canadian bioenginneers have developed a technology that is injected in the body and heals damaged organ tissue

This new patch regenerates organs without major surgery

Leer en Español: Este nuevo parche repara órganos sin grandes cirugías

Technological advances are not only reflected in everyday electronic devices, but also in health and science. Many doctors, researchers and scientists try to innovate for the good of humanity and we have seen many technological advances that decades ago we could not even imagine.

Canadian scientists have created the patch that repairs organs: 'Angiochip' is a significant and incredible breakthrough that shows progress in terms of technologies and research is concerned. It is a patch that regenerates the affected organs by means of an injection, so it is no longer necessary to perform an invasive operation. Only a minimal operation is necessary to transfer the needle, which means it is not necessary to have to open the rib cage to reach the organ and heal it.

The research was carried out three years ago by biomedical engineers at the University of Toronto, and Milica Radisic is the expert in charge of the project. According to data from the Vanguardia.mx portal, Radisic says that this is a fruitful project that will give a favorable quality of life to the patient. Experiments have been carried out on mice and pigs, but there have not been human trials yet. However the team ensures that it will be a project that soon will be implemented in hospitals around the world.

Also, for now, they have focused solely on the heart. Radisic asserts that this is the most sensitive organ of the human body, and that is why they started with it. If the result is not positive in the heart, it affirms that it will not work in other organs. The mechanism of the patch is as follows: the 'strip', smaller in size than a postal stamp, is injected. Then it enters and immediately adapts to the organ tissue, where it immediately works to fix the organ. Not only is adapted to form but works with memory, which facilitates the attachment to the organ and  improves the operation, so that the patient does not need an injection two months later or some other treatment or modification.

It is not in itself a dangerous procedure. Also, it does not require an invasive operation, a step in which the risks, as well as the costs, are too high. This innovative way of healing organs decreases significantly the pain that procedures like these entail. Dr. Radisic ensures that the implementation of the Angiochip will bring a better quality of life. The devies cannot regenarte an entire organ, but it will keep the person satisfied without additional pain or future surgeries.


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