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Kryptonite superglue improving the quality of life in heart patients recovering from surgery
Date:10/24/2010

Montreal - New research shows that a surgical procedure using a cutting-edge super glue pioneered a year ago by Calgary researchers can improve the recovery of heart patients recovering from open-chest surgery, Dr. Paul Fedak today told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

The glue, called Kryptonite, is being used to enhance the closure of the breastbone after surgery. "It has properties like natural bone and allows for new bone growth" says Dr. Fedak, a cardiac surgeon at Foothills Hospital Medical Centre. Up to this point, the breastbone has been closed only with steel wire that stays in the chest.

"One of the most common complaints among patients is sternal pain following heart surgery," he says "With this alternative procedure, significant healing occurs in hours rather than in weeks." By accelerating and improving bone stability, it allows patients to breathe deeply and painlessly without powerful painkillers, meaning fewer side effects. Enhanced bone stability results in fewer complications such as wound infections and bone separation.

Importantly, there were no associated side effects or complications after one year of follow-up.

With the new procedure, pain is cut down because the Kryptonite bonds so quickly and effectively to the breastbone. The breastbone becomes solid within hours, shortening the current recovery time of eight weeks by 50 per cent. "People get back to their regular activities much faster."

This much-anticipated release of the official study results prove that the Kryptonite adhesive is capable of enhancing the stability of the breastbone closure resulting in early benefits on post-operative recovery. Researchers found that benefits of the Kryptonite adhesive include:

  • Increased mechanical strength of the breastbone closure by five to 10 times that of wires alone.

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Contact: Jane-Diane Fraser
jfraser@hsf.ca
613-569-4361 x273
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Source:Eurekalert

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