Cohera Medical, a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, today announced the start of a no-drain clinical trial in 30 patients at two prominent surgery centers in Germany. The study will investigate the safety and effectiveness of TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive in the reduction of wound drainage, post operative seroma and related complications in abdominoplasty patients without the use of drains.
TissuGlu adheres the tissue flap created during the surgical procedure to the underlying tissue, helping to reduce the space where fluids can accumulate thereby eliminating the need to use surgical drains. The ability to perform the procedure without drains could lead to a more comfortable recovery and a quicker return to normal activity for patients.
“We are excited to be part of this study utilizing TissuGlu to eliminate postoperative drains,” said Dirk Richter, MD, of Wesseling, Germany. “We look forward to enrolling more patients and believe that conducting abdominoplasty procedures without the need for drains would represent a significant improvement in patient care and comfort in these procedures. The initial patients enrolled appear to be doing very well, with no seromas or complications reported in the first 48 hours after surgery.”
Cohera Medical recently received CE marketing approval for TissuGlu and began selling product to hospitals and surgeons in Germany in September 2011. The Company plans to expand the commercial availability of TissuGlu in 2012.