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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kryptonite to the rescue?

A superglue that can slash heart surgery recovery time shows super promise

We’ve all been warned of dire consequences if we accidentally get Krazy Glue on our fingers when we’re fixing the lamp the dog knocked over. Many glues are so strong savvy people use them to help close wounds. In fact, they are used in medicine during hip replacements and other procedures.

Dr. Paul Fedak, at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital Medical Centre has recently shown that a new superglue can be applied to the sternum after open-heart surgery, with superior results compared to conventional treatment.

Last Sunday, over 3,000 health professionals were treated to information on this super adhesive, called Kryptonite, at the Canadian Cardiovascular Conference in Montreal. The results from a trial on 55 patients who had undergone open-chest surgery – during which the breastbone must be cut open – received either standard treatment with steel wire closures (25 patients), or wires along with the superglue (30 patients).

The glue, made by Doctors Research Group in the U.S., bonded the bones together within 24 hours, without sticking to any other tissue, while the wires alone took up to eight weeks.

Because Kryptonite’s ingredients are derived from components in castor bean oil – fatty acids and calcium carbonate – Dr. Fedak says the stuff is “bio-compatible,” i.e. the polymer forms a porous, very strong bonelike substance, and it doesn’t contain the toxins found in most other bone cements.

Recovery time was cut in half and the pain encountered during healing was greatly diminished. Normally, just the thought of coughing, sneezing or even breathing deeply brings on dread to recuperating chest surgery patients. Those treated with the superglue needed far less medication for their pain.

Of course, the innovation comes with a price – in the arena of $700. Dr. Fedak, however, believes that the shortened hospital stays and reduced medication needed after operations using Kryptonite would help compensate for this cost.

Of the approximate 29,000 chest surgeries performed in Canada annually, it’s highly possible that if the next trial – of 2,000 people – on Kryptonite confirms this study’s results, only high-risk patients (those with internal bleeding or other complications) will not receive this breakthrough treatment in the future. I can’t wait for the results!
Milena Katz

36 comments:

  1. sharon [aka purley quirt]October 29, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    RE: "leaping" in the " lead" position

    1. DRG Inc.

    Interesting international presence of " hawking the wares" but no links to research literature offered

    RE: Kryptonite ( plagiarizing anyone?)

    http://www.kryptoniteusa.com/about.html

    Check out the disclaimer for kryptonite at the bottom of the page:i.e.

    'may not be adequate for load bearing applications'

    It is recommended for cranial bone work ...anything below the neck gets in to " load bearing" issues .

    2.the medical literature on this substance derived from the castor bean plant

    I would sure like to know how a highly toxic plant that produces ricin ( spy killers) is handled to ensure there are no surprises

    http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/castorbean.html#ricinpois

    3. the history of the inventor of the ?substance leans more toward the mechanical wouldn't you say????

    http://www.conntact.com/archive_index/archive_pages/2476_Business_New_Haven.html

    Summary

    I think the process is supposed to be learning.....linking...leveraging....locking out... leaping...

    NOT to be performed in reverse!

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  2. I wonder how effective CPR is on wired sternums versus Kryptonite sternums. Codes must happen somewhat regularly on a vascular unit.

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  3. For a copy of the press release as well as a link to coverage of this story on CTV national news, visit:
    http://libininstitute.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/libin-media-at-the-ccc/

    Also, Dr. Fedak was just named to the Calgary top 40 under 40. A related article and video interview with Dr. Fedak can be found at:
    http://libininstitute.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/dr-paul-fedak-calgarys-top-40-under-40/

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