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Medical ‘Welding Torch’ To Spell The End Of Surgical Scars?

posted 19 Jun 2013, 05:59 by Mpelembe   [ updated 19 Jun 2013, 06:00 ]

 Israel ( Next Media)  -  An Israeli company has developed a new technology that can weld wounds without using stitches or staples. The technology involves welding a specially-designed biological film based on naturally occurring sugar over the wound using cold plasma. The wound is said to be able to sealed in less than 4 minutes and the scarring is minimal.

Plasma is an ionized gas which has been shown benefits in tissue welding and repair. It has a limited role in surgery in the past because the high temperatures it creates can result in harm to body tissue. BioWeld1 uses plasma at 40 degrees celsius, which is effective but does not damage tissue. The company hopes the film can eventually be dispensed with and the plasma alone will be enough to seal wounds.

Reports said that the company has submitted documentation seeking approval so that BioWeld can be used by doctors and hospitals in Europe before the year’s end.