The less invasive surgery can be, the better. Gecko Biomedical, a French medical device firm specializing in medical sealants and adhesive polymers makes their contribution to reducing surgical trauma with an innovative biodegradable adhesive that can be used to repair internal tissues. An apparatus consisting of ‘balloons’, a mirror and a fiber optic cable is used to apply the adhesive and activate it by means of light exposure.
The light reflecting balloon catheter and the adhesive suture replacement are making waves in the medical world since the publication of Gecko’s research paper in the journal Science Translational Medicine this September.
The adhesive can be used to repair heart, abdominal and intestinal tissues and biodegrades in the course of time without producing any toxic by-products. Gecko’s next project, the development of a polymer for repairing blood vessels, is underway and will enter its medical trial phase by the end of the year.