First Synthetic Organ Transplant

trachea

Could the success of synthetic organ transplants lead to the donor’s list becoming obsolete? While it’s still too early to tell, the first trial of a synthetic trachea transplant leaves surgeons hopeful. Via BBC News:

I’ve held a few strange body parts in my hands over the years – all I should stress, in the line of work. They have ranged from mechanical heart pumps to hi-etch prosthetic limbs.

But none more life-like than the synthetic trachea manufactured by scientists from University College London. The team, lead by Professor Alex Seifalian, have patented a nanocomposite material which was used to create the first completely synthetic windpipe.

It was transplanted into a patient whose own windpipe was damaged by cancer. The operation was done in Sweden at the Karolinska University Hospital in conjunction with the Karolinska Institute. You can read the background to the story by my colleague Michelle Roberts, who interviewed the patient and the surgeon in Stockholm.

[Continues at BBC]

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  • Mr. Coffee

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  • Mr. Coffee

    YOU SEE THAT MAJESTIC 12 SYMBOL IN THE PICTURE?

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  • Hadrian999

    one step closer to my doctor octopus rig

  • Hadrian999

    one step closer to my doctor octopus rig

  • oil pump

    detachable penis 

    • Jaymalls

      SMH!!!!

  • oil pump

    detachable penis 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    wut?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    um.. calling this a synthetic organ is highly misleading. This is no more advanced than say.. a synthetic joint replacement, which have been done for years. Probably what’s exciting about this is that its rigid yet bendy like a real trachea. However when people hear synthetic organ,  they think of active organs.. (and to be fair a natural trachea is probably more active than this replacement.)

    • Hadrian999

      the man who invents a viable synthetic liver will be a rich rich man

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    um.. calling this a synthetic organ is highly misleading. This is no more advanced than say.. a synthetic joint replacement, which have been done for years. Probably what’s exciting about this is that its rigid yet bendy like a real trachea. However when people hear synthetic organ,  they think of active organs.. (and to be fair a natural trachea is probably more active than this replacement.)

  • Hadrian999

    the man who invents a viable synthetic liver will be a rich rich man

  • Guest

    That’s pretty cool,  check this out … http://www.archive.org/details/Experime1940

  • Guest

    That’s pretty cool,  check this out … http://www.archive.org/details/Experime1940

  • http://www.facebook.com/nigelrodneyleitch Nigel Leitch

    High-Etch?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/nigelrodneyleitch Nigel Leitch

    High-Etch?????

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