Elastic, 'Squirtable' Surgical Glue Seals Wounds in 60 Seconds
Biomedical engineers from the University of Sydney have developed a potentially life-saving surgical glue called 'MeTro.' The highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue quickly seals wounds without the need for staples or sutures and could transform how surgeries are performed. MeTro's high elasticity makes it ideal for sealing wounds in body tissues that continually expand and relax - such as lungs, hearts and arteries - that are otherwise at risk of re-opening. The material also works on internal wounds that are often in hard-to-reach areas and have typically required staples or sutures due to surrounding body fluid hampering the effectiveness of other sealants. MeTro sets in just 60 seconds once treated with UV light.