Shapeshifting Medical Implants

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Nature Communications

Joshua Yuen, Reporter

Has there ever been a time where you have been injured or hurt and had to have surgery in order to fix whatever you injured? If not, imagine having to go through surgery and whatever was placed inside your body to help aid yourself to recovery. Normally it would have to be changed or repositioned in order to heal properly, but recent technology provides a new solution for the medical field. Scientists have begun researching into a material that could shapeshift with given specific triggers, such as temperature, light, etc. That means this material can change its shape whenever it needs be, but what does that mean for patients or those who do use it?

Most of the time, surgery would be a big process and is sometimes very invasive of your body causing quite a bit of discomfort. This synthetic material is made of a polymer that would change its molecular structure in order to fit the patient’s needs and lessen the invasiveness of the procedure to almost nothing. Tested outside of a human body, scientists experimented with this shapeshifting material and created a flower, which at first started with the bud of a flower, and after approximately two hours, bloomed into its full self. Something the size of a green pea could be placed into your body and expand in order to accomplish the task of something five times its size.

This material can take many shapes and sizes, but controlling it has many variables. The process of how much energy the material outputs controls the material’s shape and how fast it changes. This can be reconfigured and adjusted to change within seconds, to hours, but how scientists and medical personnel will do it is the question. Triggering the material from the outside is a different matter from triggering the substance within a person’s body. Until then, further tests will be done and tested in order to perfect this new advancement to the medical field.