Is there a Super Glue® for the human body? Believe it or not at this posting no clinically approved surgical glue exists that is nontoxic, bind strongly to tissue, and works well within our wet and highly dynamic body.
Current surgical adhesives are toxic, have limited strength, and don’t work well in wet places, such as the heart. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looking at insects, slugs, and worms, have developed and are testing a hydrophobic light-activated adhesive (HLAA). The main components of the HLAA are glycerol and sebacic acid, both exist in the human body and are easily metabolized. It is elastic like, works in wet surroundings. Important is that if blood touches it first it can still be applied and ‘sets’ in seconds by exposure with ultraviolet light. Naturally lower animal are the testing models just now – in rats a patch is being applied to their hearts with this glue. Use inside pig hearts is also being tested.
A French company believes it will take 2 or 3 years before use in humans.