Day: February 3, 2021

An origami-inspired medical patch for sealing internal injuries

Many surgeries today are performed via minimally invasive procedures, in which a small incision is made and miniature cameras and surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumours and repair damaged tissues and organs. The process results in less pain and shorter recovery times compared to open surgery.

While many procedures can be performed in this way, surgeons can face challenges at an important step in the process: the sealing of internal wounds and tears.

MIT engineers have design paper-like medical tapes (shown here) that can fold around surgical tools and transform into soft, strong adhesives when pressed

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