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TUESDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- LeGoo, a gel to stem blood
flow temporarily during surgery that requires joining blood
vessels, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
The product allows surgeons to avoid use of clamps or elastic
loops and clearly see where to stitch two vessels together, the
agency said in a news release. Injected into a vessel, the gel
hardens into a plug that forms to the shape of the vessel,
preventing blood flow for up to 15 minutes.
The plug is designed to dissolve on its own, but the process can
be sped up if the surgeon applies a cold pack or cold saline to the
area, the FDA said.
LeGoo is approved for vessels 4 millimeters or less in diameter,
and shouldn't be used on vessels that deliver blood to the brain,
the agency warned.
The product is manufactured by PluroMed Inc., based in Woburn,
To learn more about
this approval, visit the FDA.
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