Development of a New solution for Laparoscopic Surgery
Teijin has announced the development of a plant based biodegradable adhesion preventive gel which is expected to be effectively applied to laparoscopic surgery. The new gel-form polysaccharide polymer is derived from chemically modified cellulose. In a gel form, it can easily be used in narrow fields or on body parts with complex shapes, and as a plant-based biodegradable polymer it can be simply absorbed by the body after a few days with no need for surgical removal.
Adhesion prevention materials are used to keep tissues apart during the surgery and after, while tissues are healing. However, most existing adhesive prevention materials come in sheet form, make it difficult to use in narrow operating fields or laparoscopic surgery. The new gel has already shown to be effective in preventing adhesion in animal testing; the company is planning to commercialize the material by 2020.