INTERVIEW: Admedus cardiovascular scaffold could cut repeat surgeries
This article was originally published in Clinica
Xenografts of animal tissue (usually from cows or pigs) are commonly used for patients with structural heart problems, but have several drawbacks. The main issue is that the tissue calcifies so need to be replaced regularly. In the case of children with congenital heart disease (CHD), this means several repeat operations at a young age, which is stressful and can cause other health problems itself.