New Surgical Adhesive Aims To Improve Body Contouring Procedures

6:57 PM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Bariatric surgeries and tummy-tucks have become very popular procedures in the U.S.  However, the buildup of inflammatory fluids and the drainage of those fluids can be very uncomfortable during a recovery.

A new surgical adhesive promises to ease recovery from body contouring procedures.  TissuGlu, a product of Cohera Medical, glues the tissue under the skin to the muscles during the healing process after surgery.  This speeds the healing process and cuts down on the inflammatory fluids during the recovery period.

Joseph Michaels M.D. of Monarch Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Bethesda says, "It's an adhesive that will get the skin flap, when we raise the skin, to adhere to the underlying muscles.  So it puts the skin in good position with the underlying abdominal wall to help that tissue start healing faster.

Dr. Michaels is enrolling patients in the clinical trial, the surgeries are performed at Fair Oaks Inova Hospital.

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