Team FastStitch, from left: Ang Tu, Luis Herrera, Anvesh Annadanam, Sohail Zahid, Leslie Myint, Haley Huang, Stephen Van Kooten, and Daniel Peng
The FastStitch is a prototype device, designed to facilitate the closure of surgical incisions in the fascial layer
Just about every major operation on the chest or abdomen requires surgeons to cut through the fascia, which is a layer of muscle located immediately beneath the skin. Closing these wounds can be very difficult – sewing up an incision in the fascial layer has been likened to trying to push a needle through shoe leather. If proper care isn’t taken, however, potentially lethal complications can result. Now, a team of undergraduate students from Johns Hopkins University have created a device that should make the procedure easier and safer.
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