Not always can natural remedies be good for a medical condition despite of how effective they are. Sometimes, in serious conditions, only medical technology can help such as in the case of kidney dialysis. Without dialysis, a patient may not survive and what makes the suffering greater is the waiting list for kidney transplants. Till now a solution still remains elusive for this disease.
However! This is where medical technology steps in where scientists from the University of California in San Francisco have invented the world’s first bionic kidney which can replace damaged kidneys.
The world’s first bionic kidney can be inserted in a body by a common surgical procedure and it has proved to work efficiently. It is now proving to be the perfect replacement for a damaged kidney. The bionic kidney consists of several microchips which is moved by the heart. The bionic kidney also filters out toxins from the blood in the same way as a normal kidney.
Members of the research team Shuvo Roy of the University of California and William H Fissel nephrologist and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have said that the invention is all set to give hope to the millions suffering from kidney failure and who are on dialysis.
What Kind of Technology is It?
This bionic kidney is basically a microchip made of silicon nanotechnology. Each kidney will have somewhere around 15 microchips built in layers. They will be a sort of a scaffold that will hold living cells which will grow around the device. Those cells will act like a live kidney.
A kidney from a donor has something called the rejection factor. In other words, there is a danger that the body could simply reject the kidney from a donor. However, with the bionic kidney that risk is equal to zero.
The development of this project was founded by the National Institute of Health in 2015 with $6 million grant. And the success of this prototype paved the way for human trials later this year.
We think this is a fantastic invention and we look forward to reporting about it’s progress in the near future.