Consistent advances in the medical field have saved millions of lives and improved many others. As the years pass by and technology continues to improve, there is no telling what medical advances will come next.
HCM-Medical is proud to be involved in so many developments and would therefore like to share this joint development with you:
Plugging the gap
A new technology to prevent premature rupture of fetal membranes
The Radboudumc in cooperation with the ErasmusMC, University Hospital Leuven, HCM Medical and several patient organizations are developing a new technology to prevent premature rupture of fetal membranes (iPPROM).
The 6-year project is based on an advanced collagen-based plug and includes a clinical trial. At Radboudumc, Willeke Daamen, Frank Vandenbussche, Joris van Drongelen, Toin van Kuppevelt (all theme Reconstructive & and regenerative medicine), and Janneke Grutters (theme Urological Cancers) are involved.
Minimal fetal surgery using endoscopy is a promising medical technology to treat children before birth, e.g. children with rare diseases like congenital diaphragmatic hernia, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome or spina bifida. During endoscopy, the fetal membranes are punctured, which introduces a significant risk of membrane rupture and subsequent premature birth, and is considered the achilles heel of fetoscopic surgery. The plug is anticipated to close the membranes at the endoscopic entry point thus preventing amniotic fluid leakage and associated severe complications.