Pebble Beach, CA Biodegradable Medical Devices Tested That Dissolve In The Body Automaticallyby Richard Kuehn on 10/03/12
There have been so many advances in medical technology in recent years which have impacted a wide array of diseases. I was amazed to read about a new leap forward. Scientists have announced that they have created new medical devices which are sealed in silk and perform their medical purpose and then dissolve in the body naturally. Although these have only been tested in mice, you can be sure that more testing will be done on what are being called biodegradable medical devices. There are a number of devices that physicians implant in humans, but they obviously don't dissolve. And some need to be replaced periodically which can be a dangerous surgery with a long recovery process. I have a friend who just came out of Stanford Medical Center after having to have a pacemaker replaced. Although he came through the surgery fine, it was painful and it took time for him to get back to a normal life. The first devices are likely to be smaller than something like a pacemaker. But over time the pool of devices will be expanded as technology gets better. Scientists believe that a good use of biodegradable medical devices may be injecting something in the body that would monitor the healing process and administer drugs accordingly. What a great use of technology. I look forward to reading about more developments on this front.