Laser-Bonded Healing Could Replace Traditional Stitches

 - Feb 15, 2009
References: technologyreview & engadget
Irene Kochevar and Robert Redmond at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an innovative new suture method that snubs traditional stitches in favor of a laser.

Dubbed laser-bonded healing, the technology uses surgical lasers and a light-activated dye to essentially coax tissue into repairing itself, according to Technology Review. Prior laser stitches were either too hot or too cold to preserve the delicate balance needed to heal a wound, but laser-bonded healing seems to work just right.