Modern ‘intestinal bandage’ that heals wounds in the digestive tract
Glasgow: When gastrointestinal and bowel surgery is performed, it becomes very difficult to heal wounds due to the moisture there. In most cases, intestinal fluid, digestive tract, and feces are excreted into the body. But now a new bandage has been made from a hydrogel that can heal internal intestinal ulcers with lightning speed.
Although there have been a number of previous implants that are applied to the internal intestinal stitches, one of the drawbacks is that many of the chemicals released from the intestines can digest the food when they are digested. Such bandages come off before the wound heals, and the wound worsens.
Scientists at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital have developed a new hydrogel graft that can withstand four types of chemicals, including acrylic acid, methyl acetate, acrylic amide and simply acrylic amide. This strip has also been tested on some animals.
This invention is also a kind of hydrophobic substance. When it is applied to the pig’s intestines, it sticks well. Then the fluid from the intestines tightened and the grip became stronger. Scientifically, its ability to stick to the intestines is ten times greater than that of other bandages. Interestingly, it can withstand up to five times the pressure of contraction and expansion of the intestines.
Thus, the day is not far when this patch will be commonly used in wound healing after internal bowel surgery.