Progress in the field of medicine makes the treatments that were once complicated and required long-term recovery, today are performed within a day. Another accomplishment of the researchers will provide a completely new method of treating heart defects, which does not require invasive surgery.
Boston researchers at Harvard Biodesign Lab have developed a completely new way of treating congenital heart defects, which is significantly safer for patients than previously used. They managed to create a catheter, a biodegradable adhesive, and patches that fit into the patient’s veins. Through them, the catheter is inserted directly into the heart, where it then imposes a patch on the damaged site. Then with the help of a reflective balloon and UV light, the adhesive covering the patch is activated.
This method of treating heart defects carries many benefits. First and foremost, there is no need for open heart surgery and stopping the work of this most important human organ. Myocardial tissue does not need to be intersected too, so it can be repaired more quickly. Moreover, the patch dissolution process can be slowed down or accelerated, depending on the rate of muscle tissue growth.