Wang - Macromolecular Engineering of In-Situ Forming Hydrogels - 2016

Rong Wang

University of Twente - dissertation 2016

Abstract

Surgery in our perspective generally requires an operation with a certain size of an
incision, leaving wounds, which are painful, require a long time to heal and end up with
the formation of scars. Advances in medical procedures and technologies have led to the
development of minimally invasive surgical procedures and several imaging tools for
diagnosis. Imaging by techniques like e.g. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has
become increasingly important since it provides 3D-information in a non-invasive
manner [1]. If possible, in follow-up surgery, a minimally invasive procedure with a small
incision is applied because of the time reduction for a wound to heal and of prime
importance, to diminish the risk of infection [2].