A Fluorescent Suture Could Brighten Up Surgical Outcomes | Giving to Johns Hopkins
In the IMERSE Lab at the Whiting School of Engineering, Justin Opfermann, a mechanical engineering PhD student, and his team are developing Glow and Sew, an innovative surgical tool designed to enhance the precision of anastomosis surgeries. The fluorescent suture they’ve created, coated in a powder that glows under near-infrared light, provides surgeons with improved visibility, crucial for delicate procedures where even a single stitching error can lead to serious complications. With support from the Whiting School’s Student Initiatives Fund, the team has been able to advance such idea from concept to a working prototype. The next phase involves incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning to create overlays guiding surgeons in stitch placement.