The development and testing of various types of hydrogels is currently one of the highest priorities in medical science and practice – especially in the segment of traumatology and rehabilitation medicine. Over the past few years, many species and configurations of such hydrogels have been presented, some of which have become useful, and some not so. However, today the chemical engineering team from the Higher Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Switzerland, presented their own development of such a hydrogel, which has an almost doubled degree of absorption and stickiness, which is so necessary for him.
Specialists primarily focused on creating such a hydrogel that could effectively close cracks in the tissues of those parts of the human body that are practically not washed by blood – for example, menisci and cartilage. The fact that they do not receive enough renewed blood leads to the fact that their restoration on their own becomes almost impossible. However, the Swiss team developed its prototype hydrogel, based on the combination of glycol dimethacrylate and cellulose from nano-fiber.
More specifically, the new hydrogel is a cross-reference system of medical polyethylene, which combines these two key components. After conducting preliminary studies, experts found that their hydrogel configuration has increased absorbability – up to 90% – which can be effectively used to restore tissues that are not washed by the blood sufficiently and suffer from various injuries.
Thus, the presented type of hydrogel can be really useful and interesting in the future – if the developers manage to further stabilize the chemical formula of the hydrogel and “teach” it to interact with some other chemical agents and compounds. So far, it has a very promising character and, on the whole, has a really excellent level of performance in relation to the restoration of organic tissues.