MCIRCC Animal Lab helps develop new surgical device

Born in an engineering class, now the ‘arterial everter’ has been licensed to Baxter.

A new surgical device developed at the University of Michigan could make it quicker and easier to connect arteries in complicated procedures such as reconstructing a breast after mastectomy, or a severely injured leg after a car accident.

The “arterial everter” surgical device, which began as a project in an undergraduate class at Michigan Engineering, looks like a thin silicone pen with a flexible steel spine.  

A new, preliminary study showed that the everter could turn a 20-minute process to connect arteries into one that takes five, and may not require a surgical microscope. The savings in time would add up, as surgeons must often connect more than one artery in a patient.

Read the full story at Michigan Engineering.