I am happy to hear co-principal investigators Calgary cardiac surgeon Dr. Paul Fedak, MD PhD FRCSC and nurse researcher Dr. Kathryn King, RN PhD have found a way to help open heart surgery patients to recover better and faster using KryptoniteTM adhesive, a biocompatible polymer manufactured by the Connecticut-based Doctors Research Group.
Here is an excerpt from the official news release (PDF) (emphasis added),
““We can now heal the breastbone in hours instead of weeks after open-heart surgery. Patients can make a full recovery after surgery and get back to full physical activities in days instead of months,” reports Dr. Paul W.M. Fedak, MD PhD FRCSC, a cardiac surgeon at Foothills Medical Centre and scientist at the Faculty of Medicine who pioneered the new procedure.
Over 20 patients have received the new technique in Calgary as part of a pilot study. Fedak and Kathryn King, RN PhD are the co-principal investigators on the study. King, a cardiovascular nurse scientist, is an expert in post-operative recovery after open-heart surgery. “We know that recovery from sternotomy is a multi-faceted process that includes not only healing of the breastbone but the ability to return to normal activities,” she says. “Being able to resume normal activities is a hallmark of a good recovery; this surgical innovation should enable that.”
[…] The encouraging results of this pilot study have prompted the Calgary researchers to establish a worldwide study to further investigate its benefits. The STICK Trial (STernal Innovative Closure with KryptoniteTM) aims to apply the technique in over 500 patients across the globe over the next 12 – 24 months.
[…] KryptoniteTM is approved for use in Canada (Health Canada), USA (FDA), and Europe (CE Mark). This pilot study has been supported in part by Doctor’s Research Group Inc.”
I like to thank Dr. Fedak for sending along the product monograph and his Oct 29, 2009 presentation about Kryptonite (TM). After watching the 30 minutes presentation including Dr. Fedak’s research findings, I now have a deeper understanding of the benefits of Kryptonite to open-heart surgery patients in their healing process. I’ve posted some selected screen captures from the presentation here, here, and here.
The following are some related news plus a link to the patent application of the adhesive.
- Kryptonite revolutionizes heart surgery recovery (CTV news with video)
- Kryptonite glue helps breastbone heal after surgery (CBC news with audio)
- Super glue tested on Calgary heart surgery patients (Calgary Herald)
- Health FYI (Global News video clip)
- Pilot study goes worldwide (University of Calgary information)
- Surgeon ‘Gluing’ The Breastbone Together After Open-heart Surgery (Science Daily)
- Using glue to mend breastbone after open-heart surgery means quicker healing (Canadian Press)
- 醫學新知/強力膠粘合傷口 開心手術病人復原快疼痛少 (Taiwan Chinese newspaper website)
Note: Here is a link to the patent application “Methods of performing medical procedures which promote bone growth“ by Dr. Richard Deslauriers, CEO of Doctors Research Group Inc., and other co-inventors.
P.S. As a Calgarian and U of C alum (Haskayne MBA), I am exceedingly proud and excited of Dr. Fedak and Dr. King’s achievements.
[Thanks to this Libin Institute’s blog entry for the links of the official press release and Global TV news clip.]