Novel technique for repair of severed peripheral nerves in rats using polyurea crosslinked silica aerogel scaffold.

PURPOSE/AIM To design, synthesize, and test in vivo an aerogel-based top-open peripheral nerve scaffold to simultaneously support and guide multiple completely severed peripheral nerves in a rat model. Also, to explore options for immobilizing severed nerves on the aerogel material without the use of sutures resulting in reduced surgical time. MATERIALS… CONTINUE READING