Despite how effective they are, natural remedies may not always be useful for a disease. Sometimes only medical technology can help in difficult circumstances, for example, in the case of kidney dialysis.
Without dialysis, the patient may not survive, and a waiting list for kidney transplantation is what makes the suffering more significant. The solution to this disease remains unclear to date.
But! This is where medical technology develops when researchers from the University of California at San Francisco invented the world’s first bionic kidney that can replace damaged kidneys.
The technology behind the device
The main technology of the bionic kidney is a microchip made by a method comparable to microelectronics used in computers using silicon nanotechnology. Microchips are inexpensive and behave like great filters.
Each device will have approximately 15 microchips built in layers and act as a scaffold containing living kidney cells that will develop in and around the microchip filters. These cells will mimic the activity of a living kidney.
The main objective of the procedure is to push blood through the device without coagulation or harm. Amanda Bucks, a biomedical engineer, uses hydrodynamics to ensure that no area of the device causes coagulation or obstruction of blood flow.
It is Possible to Insert the Bionic Kidney Through common Operation
Using a popular surgical procedure, the world’s first bionic kidney can be inserted into the body, and it has proven to be effective. Now it is the perfect replacement for a damaged kidney. A bionic kidney consists of several microchips displaced by the heart. The bionic kidney also filters out toxins from the blood just like a normal kidney.
Members of the University of California’s Shuvo Roy study group and phrenologist William H Selfish and Associate professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center said that the invention is all about giving hope to millions of people suffering from kidney failure and dialysis.