Rewriting Life

Slick Surgery

After surgery, normally separate surfaces sometimes attach like biological Velcro-a process called adhesion, which interferes with recovery. A Boston startup has come up with the surgeon’s equivalent of Saran Wrap to prevent adhesion.

According to inventor and CEO Amar Sawhney, Confluent Surgical is testing a device that squirts two streams of polyethylene glycol, a polymer found in everything from eyedrops to lipstick. The streams are chemically modified so that when they meet, they react to form a solid that coats tissues with a jelly-like layer. Confluent has begun human testing in Europe for preventing adhesion in infertility treatments, where scars on the ovaries can prevent implanted eggs from descending into the fallopian tube.

Uh oh–you've read all five of your free articles for this month.

Insider Premium

$179.95/yr US PRICE

More from Rewriting Life

Reprogramming our bodies to make us healthier.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Basic.

  • Insider Basic {! insider.prices.basic !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Six issues of our award winning magazine and daily delivery of The Download, our newsletter of what’s important in technology and innovation.

    See details+

    What's Included

    Bimonthly home delivery and unlimited 24/7 access to MIT Technology Review’s website.

    The Download. Our daily newsletter of what's important in technology and innovation.

You've read of free articles this month.