NO FUTURE FOR SUTURE

MIT scientists have invented a sticky tape that will aid healing without the need for stitches. The tape will also break down in time, without needing you to bother about when to go to the surgeon to take it off. These stitches would hold good on the body surface as well as the internal parts.

The adhesive is inspired by geckos’ feet, which allow the reptiles to walk along the ceiling and up and down smooth walls. Gecko toes are sticky because they are covered with millions of flexible nanopillars, giving them a very large surface area. The MIT tape, which relies on both nanoscale pillars and a chemical glue, is the first such tape to show good adhesive strength and safety in animals.

Read full article here.

If this tape becomes reality, I predict that entrance exams to go into surgery will finally stop. After all, the most difficult and tricky issues in surgery deal with situations that demand suturing skills of a very high order. Once the need for suturing is gone, all surgeons have to do is to blunder their way into surgery. If they injure anything, they just superglue it. Simple!

Finally, it will prove that surgeons are basically morons with quicker hands, practising what essentially is a monkey science.

15 responses to “NO FUTURE FOR SUTURE

  1. Now we can do surgery at home!

    Mom, scalpel. Sister, suction please.

  2. After reading this article,I want to go out to see the movie with my boy firend.
    Goodbye and Good Luck.

  3. Rambodoc, about 15 years back a surgeon in Delhi put something what he called ‘steristrips'(thin strips which would stick to the skin ) on my face instead of stiches. The cut was about 1 and a 1/2 inch long. Is this tape an improved version of ‘steristrips’?

  4. Hello Doc,
    My sister who is a doctor snorts at the digital blood pressure equipment.Any one can use that and there is no need for any special skill is what she says.Your reaction to the sticky tapes reminds me of that.
    🙂

  5. Marc: 🙂
    Prerna: Steristrips are used on the skin. This tape can possibly be used inside the body, where healing is more crucial.
    Geetha: Ultimately, a DIY surgical clinic…. now that is some idea!

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  7. dont worry doc – ur one in a billion – u cant ever get out of business 🙂

  8. O bald one, I hardly think your species – medicus surgicalis – will become superfluous with the superglue du jour. Although surgery is mundane and routine for experienced docs such as yourself, I hardly think that cutting open someone and removing/fixing etc should be left to technicians.
    Very interesting post, thanks.

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  10. Prax:
    It is a bad disease of the brain and spinal cord.
    Treatment includes steroids or other drugs like immunosupressants. The latest treatment is natalizumab, which is an injection.
    Your friend needs a good neurologist at the earliest.

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  12. I thought biocompatible adhesive tapes were already available as replacement for suture? See: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1600-9657.1994.tb00592.x?journalCode=edt,
    http://archsurg.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/136/7/801

    However, I think the novelty with this one is that the adhesion does not come out of polymerization but by suction through the nanopatterned interface.

  13. Lakshmi:
    Glues are old hat. We have been using them for many years, but not inside the body, only on the surface. Fibrin glue is one of the much studied materials for suture-less healing, but has not stood the test of evidence in any procedure.

  14. Scary indeed, but so wonderful isn’t it?

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