For many surgeons, closing the abdominal wall without injuring the intestines is a challenging process with serious consequences. If anything goes wrong during the procedure, patients can face bowel perforations or a hernia at the incision site. Often, repairing those complications requires additional surgeries.
Dr. Jason Spector, a plastic surgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, may have found a solution to that issue. Dr. Spector — in collaboration with Dave Putnam, an associate professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University — is testing out a device that would protect the intestines while surgeons close an incision, according to the Cornell Chronicle.
Head over to the Cornell Chronicle to learn more about the device and Dr. Spector’s work.