Scientists from the United States proclaimed that they have invented the world’s first bioelectronic medicine which is implantable, a biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves healing of damaged nerve.
The bioelectronic medicine device has not been tested in humans, but its successful testing on animals (rats) offer promise as a future therapeutic option for nerve injury patients.
The bioelectronic medicine device is wireless is powered and controlled wirelessly by transmitter outside body that acts much like a cellphone-charging mat.
The bioelectronic medicine device operates for about two weeks before naturally absorbed into the body. It has a size of dime and thickness of a sheet of paper.
The bioelectronic medicine device when tested on rats with injured sciatic nerves, it was found that this bioelectronic medicine device delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves in rats after surgical repair process. This results in accelerating regrowth of nerves in their legs and enhances the ultimate recovery of muscle strength and control.
This biomedical technology provides therapy and treatment over a clinically relevant period of time and directly at the site where it is needed, thereby reducing side effects or risks associated with conventional, permanent implants.
Besides, these engineered systems provide active, therapeutic function in programmable, dosed format and then naturally disappear into the body, without any trace.