For many patients needing traditional medical implants like stents, tubing, and catheters, there is an increased risk for infection and blood clotting. This issue has perpetuated for decades, and engineers are beginning to develop other medical technologies that may provide a working solution. Specifically, engineers have offered the potential solution of using technologies with titanium surfaces that are repellent to blood for the benefit of the body’s response to receiving surgical and other medical implants.
Titanium is a well-known element used in medical technologies; titanium tubing and alloys present a reliable performance in many surgical procedures due to its strength, low weight, and resistance to corrosion. Since the use of titanium in surgical procedures is oftentimes successful, it makes sense that engineers are now beginning to test the substance to improve other medical technologies. In the future, using titanium may reduce the risk of blood clotting and infection after implanting certain medical devices.
Recent Study with a Potential Solution
Engineers at Colorado State University are currently at work on a solution to the problematic implications of certain medical implants, like catheters and stents, for patients. By growing a “superhemophobic” titanium surface, the engineers may have found a material that can be used to build future surgical implants that the body is less likely to reject. [Read more…]