Smart Sutures For Faster Healing And Recovery Process

Smart Sutures For Faster Healing And Recovery Process

By Shinji Tutoru

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS, USA. Smart surgical sutures have recently been developed and this time, these mindless threads will soon be coated with sensors to help monitor and speed up the healing process. It contains ultrathin silicone sensors that are embedded on silk strips or polymer. That way, it can be inserted through surgical needles easily.

Catching up with the modern times is not an easy task. Right now, it would be really a breakthrough to give the conventional things we use a major makeover. In this case, medical stitches have always been used for the past centuries. It would be great to update the use for it so that we can all enjoy the benefits of medical modernization.

Professor John Rogers spearheaded the research and development with his group of researchers. He is teaching materials science and engineering which makes the smart suture a perfect invention. All the materials that were used to create the smart suture are proven to be safe for the human body. They just needed to make sure that they create flexible silicon by making the nanomembrane as thin as they can be.

Professor John Rogers is also working on how to deliver medicines through it. With it, patients will be able to receive their dose of medicines thorough the stitches without even knowing it. That way, it won’t be too much of a bother on both the doctor’s and the patient’s end.

Invention Smart Surgical Sutures
Organization University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
Researcher Prof. John Rogers & Colleagues
Field(s) Electronics, Medical Devices, Medical Electronic Implants, Health Monitoring, Nanotechnology, Surgical Sutures
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