As a cosmetic surgeon who’s been practicing for over twenty-five years, I’ve seen a lot of medical advancements take place. When I first started performing surgery, stitches and sutures were the industry standard. Suffice to say, I’ve seen a lot of development in the surgical field.
Today, I like to be on the cutting edge of best practices, and make it my job to be at the forefront of new technologies. There’s a whole range of new technologies I’m excited about right now, but a product I can’t say enough good things about is TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive, produced by Cohera Medical Inc.
Here are some thoughts on why I love it, and why TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive may be something to consider when contemplating surgery.
First of all… what is TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive? Just what it sounds like. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is a surgical adhesive that is used internally during abdominoplasties (tummy tucks) and other soft-tissue surgeries. It’s a game-changing technology because it greatly improves the patient’s overall experience, promises a faster recovery period and less discomfort.
Generally, during an abdominoplasty, recovery can take a long time and drainage tubes may stay in place for weeks. Drainage tubes have long been one of medicine’s necessary evils that prevent fluid build up (known as a seroma) and swelling. These drains can be cumbersome and unpleasant for patients.
Enter TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive which has unrivaled strength in its adhesive bond, and speeds up recovery periods after any soft-tissue surgery. Once applied, TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive strongly bonds the tissue layers together: this bond reduces the space between the layers where fluid may collect. After the layers heal, TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive breaks down into safe components that are then eliminated by the body naturally. This means less fluid build up and bloating, post-surgery. It also means the body can heal naturally. With TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive, drains can be removed quicker, which means enhanced recovery and less stress.
What’s even better? By using TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive, patients can also return to normal activities more quickly: which is the goal, to make surgery as unobtrusive as possible. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive cuts down on the number of treatments needed after surgery, which means patients can return to the flow of their lives and their daily routines. When data was collected on patients who used the technology, results showed 73% of TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive patients had no treatments after surgery.
Ultimately, as a surgeon, I like to give my clients the best overall experience, from consultation to post-op. Using tools like TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive enhances the overall experience for patients, making surgery less stressful, less painful, and easier to recover from. While I have a list of state-of-the-art products I like to use, TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is my favorite new technology. Of course, with my love for innovation, there’s bound to be more… so stay tuned for the latest!